PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 4.98 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 110 S. Blount Street Raleigh NC 27601 USA

Mission: The mission of the Philharmonic Association is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn, understand, and perform great symphonic and jazz music, to provide professional training to promote the students' participation in and lifelong understanding and love of great symphonic and jazz music, and to increase family awareness and community interest in order to ensure continuing appreciation of, participation in, and financial support of these musical activities.
Results: We have served over 1900 young musicians, played over 500 of the world's greatest music compositions including 12 World Premiers.
Target demographics: Young musicians in the 4th through 12th grades who play orchestral instruments. High-school jazz instrumentalists.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 youth musicians
Geographic areas served: Triangle area of North Carolina
Programs: Triangle Youth Philharmonic Triangle Youth Symphony Triangle Youth Orchestra Triangle Youth String Orchestras Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first discovered the Philharmonic Association when I was searching for a musical enrichment experience above and beyond school band for my young oboist. We were thrilled with the experience she enjoyed in Triangle Symphony. That was 9 years ago. Since then, my other two have loved their experiences in TYO, TYS and now TYP. As a parent, it's been thrilling to see how much the musicians grow throughout the season under the expert guidance of the Philharmonic Association staff.

The musicans can participate in string orchestras, full symphony orchestras, smaller chamber groups, and jazz ensembles. The level of performance is really outstanding. I love watching all the groups perform - the programming of the artistic staff keeps my kids interested and challenged and wanting to return for more year after year.

It's been rewarding to volunteer and to serve on the board of this wonderful nonprofit





When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I first became aware of the Philharmonic Association when I was searching for a beyond band experience for my young musician. We joined the PA 5 years ago, and I was very impressed with the experience my child was getting in the Triangle Youth Symphony. She moved up to the Triangle Youth Philharmonic as her abilities increased. My two younger children now play in the Triangle Youth Orchestra. I was very impressed with the organization, and since have held many various volunteer positions and now volunteer on the Board of Directors.

The experiences my children, and all our young musicians are getting through the mission of the Philharmonic Association are outstanding. They are exposed to great classical music, they have the challenge of learning their individual parts, they learn how to play as part of an ensemble, and they learn responsibility to be prepared for rehearsals, and to cooperate as part of a large group.

I am always amazed at how wonderful the children sound at their concerts. Sitting in the audience, watching my young performers on the big stage at Meymandi Concert Hall is a real thrill for me, and always sends shivers down my spine. The enjoyment my children get, the lessons they are learning, and the exposure to great works of classical music are invaluable.


I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the dedication and passion of our Executive Director, Artistic Director, Conductors, and the participants we serve, and am honored to play a small part in this wonderful non-profit organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see the PA have dedicated rehearsal space that meets the needs of our ensembles.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Philharmonic Association's music ensembles for the past 6 years. I am currently in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. This organization has given me the means to challenge myself and has helped me reach my full musical potential. That is something that no other music program has done and I am so thankful to be a part of the Philharmonic Association.

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The NC Philharmonic Association is an outstanding organization! Our son has enjoyed his time with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble immensely. He has learned a great deal and grown so much as a musician by playing with this group and from his director, Dr. Gregg Gelb. I also commend the operations leadership for their professionalism and dedication to the youth of the area. We are very grateful to have found this non-profit!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of the Philharmonic Association (PA) for a number of years. The PA is an incredible organization that serves approximately 500 students who play musical instruments in eight orchestras and jazz ensembles as well as in a number of smaller ensembles. The organization fills a need that is often left unmet by the students' schools and provides professional instruction at the highest level. "The mission of the Philharmonic Association is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn, understand, and perform great symphonic and jazz music, to provide professional training to promote the students’ participation in and lifelong understanding and love of great symphonic and jazz music, and to increase family awareness and community interest to ensure continuing appreciation of, participation in, and financial support of these musical activities". The PA offers financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay the participation fee and serves a very culturally and economically diverse student population.The PA operates on a shoestring budget with a limited staff, careful budgeting and planning and depends on donations and grants for funding in addition to concert revenue and participation fees. I know of no other organization that uses its resources more wisely and produces such a wonderful "product."

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my son's third year with the PA and he plays with two of their ensembles. He plays trumpet with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble II and he plays french horn with the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. This is also my third year volunteering and serving as Parent Coordinator for the TYJE II. I love the opportunities that the PA provides for so many children and it gives the the outlet to take their talent to the next level. During my three years with the PA I have watched these young musicians grow and flourish. The talent and professionalism that is demonstrated by the musicians at the concerts is breathtaking. I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing organization.

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My relationship with this outstanding organization goes back almost to it's beginning even 'tho I've never had a child involved. The magnitude of the benefits to our youth who are involved with the PA cannot be summarized in a brief paragraph but know that these kids are learning so much about life, music, social interaction among many cultures, as well as personal discipline and growth and that is creating a solid foundation as they go "out into the world". With so many of the arts being cut from public school funding, it is vital that our youth have outlets for their time, talents and creativity and the PA provides exactly that for hundreds and hundreds of students. Their experiences will last a lifetime as well as careers for those who choose a music-related path.
Kay Struffolino

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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The Philharmonic Association provides a phenomenal opportunity for young musicians to experience, learn and grow in the world of music. It provides professional leadership and conductors as well as personal coaching to help the kids become more comfortable with their talent and abilities while growing as musicians. The PA also provides opportunities for these musicians to experience small ensemble and large orchestra performing and, when the time comes, access to scholarships as many of them continue their music studies in college or in careers in music as performers or teachers. The PA serves over 400 of our youth each year and along with all things musical, also teaches them in many other behavioral and social areas helping to create a well-rounded student. I've watched the Artistic Director and the Executive Director work tirelessly with these young people to encourage them to be the best they can be and grow this organization as much as possible. While our schools are needing to drop so many programs in the arts.......it is filling a huge need while providing a fabulous cultural resource to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the Triangle Youth Philharmonic invited to play for the Inaugural Gala of our Governor in 2005 and watching the pride in the kids' faces thru that event; in seeing so many of them return for the 20th anniversary alumni concert in 2008 and relay how much their PA experience helped them in future years with college and growing as adults; in hearing the accolades from other professional conductors (NC Symphony, NC Master Chorale, etc) invited to conduct the student musicians.....

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the structure of the PA is already doing very much with very little based on the fact we do not have our own facility and yet producing musicians and music comparable to professional orchestras......other than having a magic wand to wave, I cannot think of any changes.......

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Philharmonic Association after volunteering in various capacities during my son's participation in three of the Association's progressive orchestras during his development as a cellist.

The PA is the primary vehicle through which developing musicians in the Research Triangle area experience orchestral training at a high level, comparable to that of youth orchestras in larger metropolitan areas of the country. The Association is exceedingly well run by Hugh and Margaret Partridge. No young person who meets the audition standards is turned away for inability to pay the tuition (which is modest for all). Standards are high, as appropriate to the skill level of the orchestra, for every sponsored group. A number of the alumni of the PA have gone on to conservatory training, and are now playing professionally in major orchestras.

It is fitting that an area as culturally and educationally rich as the Research Triangle should have an association of youth orchestras of the caliber of the PA. Having served on nearly two dozen nonprofit boards (and having acted as legal counsel to many of them), including the board of the North Carolina Symphony, I can say without reservation that I am privileged to serve the PA as a board member.

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I have the privilege to serve on the Board of this Association. I am also a Cellist and had the opportunity to be involved with Youth Orchestras here and abroad.This Association is unique as to its beneficial contribution at the highest artistic level to numerous young musicians whether they contemplate or not to become professional musicians. In fact several of our "graduates" are now young professionals. ILiving in a culture which ,unfortunately, is increasingly hostile to this classical formation this Association offers to these young people a unique opportunity. This whole community should be grateful for that .

Reginald DeMatteis

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My child has participated in Philharmonic Association programs since 2011. He has been involved in 4 different orchestras within the PA and each year has grown in his musicianship, technical skills, responsibility and love of music. Opportunities like this can not be provided without the huge commitment and sacrifice of its leadership who year after year continue to support the youth of this community.
There is room for every musician to participate regardless of skill level or ability to pay. Children find a community of other musicians who support and encourage them and life-long friendships are made. Young musicians get to experience what participation in a professional orchestra would be like.
I would thoroughly encourage any young area musicians to become involved in one of the many PA programs. The concerts are a wonderful capstone experience where the community can see our youth showcase their hard work and talent.
We are very lucky to have the Philharmonic Association in our area.

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