PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 4.98 stars   57 reviews

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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  

The Philharmonic Association is a true gift to the young musicians in our community. It offers so many different groups to participate in with fantastic, caring conductors. It truly raises the bar for musicianship for the participating musicians, and inspires and encourages them to do and be so much more than merely participating in a school music program. As the parent of several musicians, I know that most kids want to be able to perform, and the Philharmonic gives this opportunity to all its musicians.

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The Philharmonic Association gives young musicians a fantastic opportunity to play challenging music in a full size orchestra at different levels of experience under guidance of accomplished professional. At every level they raise the bar and it is amazing to see the improvement the young musicians make in a single year. The performances are wonderful and getting to play in a beautiful venue like Memandy Hall is an amazing opportunity for the young musicians. The staff members ares extremely dedicated and are continuously looking for ways to broaden the participants horizon. If you live in the area go and listen to one of the upcoming performances, you will be blown away.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Philharmonic Association is dedicated to giving young people of all ability levels the chance to experience high quality music programs they cannot get in any other way. They have high standards for the kids and for their staff and everyone rises to meet them. Nothing is dumbed down for these musicians—they are playing the best music under the best conductors.

My children have been involved in TYSO, TYO, TYS, and TYP and have truly loved working as a team with their peers. They enjoy rehearsals, but the absolute gem of the whole experience is getting to play in Meymandi Hall for their concerts! These opportunities are irreplaceable, and would not happen without the PA. We're so grateful to the Partridges and their staff for their continual work and sacrifice for the young people of this community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was in high school, the opportunity to be a member of an excellent youth orchestra came my way, and the experience has stayed with me all my life. So I happily accepted a Board nomination with the Philharmonic Association 3 years ago. The PA does so much MORE for young musicians than the organization I was a part of back in high school. They always seek to expand programs or create new ones to fill needs - needs which are many because our local school system cannot provide this kind of orchestral experience for young musicians. Currently, the PA sponsors 4 levels of orchestras and a jazz ensemble. I attended the top group's spring concert a few weeks ago and was amazed at the quality - if I closed my eyes I thought I was listening to a professional orchestra. And yet, the mission of the PA is not at all to exclusively train future professional musicians. The PA is more about creating the next audience for classical music, the next Board members, the next donors - in general, the next generation of those who appreciate classical music

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had been aware of the work the Philharmonic Association (PA) for years because of my own membership during my high school years in a youth orchestra. Only in the last few years, when I joined their Board of Directors, did I really come to understand the need this organization fills. Today schools are pushed to emphasize academic subject more and more. So often the arts are either minimized by only being offered as extracurricular activities or not offered at all. In our area, this is especially true for school orchestras. String programs have suffered cuts, and many school don't offer an orchestra experience at all.

The PA fills this void with not one, but four youth orchestras, geared to student ability, where young musicians learn and perform great orchestral works of the past and present. In addition, they sponsor a jazz ensemble that similarly allows exploration of the big band repertoire.

A unique aspect of the PA that is especially important to me is their emphasis on education. Many youth orchestras operate as pre-professional orchestras, with a primary mission of preparing their members for orchestral careers. The PA takes a broader view. Yes, a percentage of PA members do go on to become college music majors with plans for careers in music. But equally, if not more, important is their mission to create a lifelong love of and participation in music by the students. The PA creates career musicians, but also future parents who will foster a love of music in their children, future audience members, future community arts volunteers, future Board members, and future donors.

I'm very proud to be associated with them.

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

The PA presents two regular concerts each season. I attend these concerts and hear young violinists, barely past the beginner stage, playing adaptations of pieces created for their skill level. I then hear the two intermediate orchestras play ever more advanced adaptations and the advanced orchestra perform works in their original form. I experience their ever-increasing skill levels and sense their pride in bringing the notes to life. These concerts are always amazing experiences.

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

Easy - I would get them their own building so that they would not need to worry about their rehearsal space being taken away by changes in school policy (we currently rent from the public school system).

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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was a youth orchestra member as a high schooler (different city) and have a natural interest in organizations such as this. A personal friend was a long-time Board member.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

They need to secure a space for rehearsals and storage that they control. Currently they rent from the public school system.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The organization founder is still its artistic director, and hopefully will continue in that capacity for years to come. But "continuity of business" is definitely a longer-term priority.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gregg Gelb has done an outstanding job with the TYJE. He raises the bar to their performance, knowledge and creative problem solving. He has introduced a young singer to the group which has been an outstanding growth on the part of the students to patiently hear and tailor their style. This group makes corporate projects a breeze - because the kids are so different with different instruments including vocals- but must work together. It is deserving of a graduate thesis study. As public monies evaporate, this group needs to be known by all to provide that creative problem solving at the highest level.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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We are newcomers to this wonderful organization and are thrilled to be part of it! This Group performs alot and has fun. They sound like professionals but he Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble recognizes that they still are still high school students. It is a nurturing and supportive environment for very talented musicians and students. Many of these students have numerous skills that make them "stand-outs" not only in this group but also at school, debate, Band, sports, youth choir and studies. Gregg Gelb does a wonderful job of encouraging the musicians overall musical talents while balancing these other academic and service attributes.

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

My son, husband and I have been part of this group this year. The parents are caring and assist in carpooling to different gigs! It is a nice family activity to add to your child's plate if they are lucky enough to be selected.

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

I would work with key business leaders to get these kids to be part of key parties to show the future promise youth of North Carolina will be delivering.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Can't think of any. It has been a wonderful experience all around!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Met some really nice families. Next year, it may be wise to set up coffee and water in a side room so families can get to know each other.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Only the highest PRAISE for Margaret Partridge and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble! Our 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving was a terrific success and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Quartet had a significant role in making it so! The musicians were so professional and their musical selections were lively and fun. They really set the tone for an enjoyable evening. Working with Margaret was a dream come true- within 24 hours and in our time of need she coordinated and arranged for the Ensemble to play for us. We are absolutely delighted to have had the pleasure of working with this fine group!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hugh and Margaret Partridge are providing a very fine service to the Raleigh area with the Philharmonic Association and all the youth ensembles it sponsors. Having known and worked with the Partridges for many years, I have seen first-hand their dedication and commitment to the young musicians in our area. They are impacting in a very positive way the lives of hundreds of music students. As a professional musician, I am keenly aware of the importance of educating future generations to appreciate and support live classical music. The Philharmonic Association most assuredly deserves your continued support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having known the Partridge's for many years (30+) as friends and colleagues, I highly commend them for their outstanding contribution to music education in the Triangle area. As a violin student growing up in
southern California, I enjoyed many opportunities to play in youth orchestras and in orchestras for young professionals. Now, as a member of the North Carolina Symphony (35 years) and as a violin teacher, I can look back on my student years and realize the invaluable training and mentoring I received from giving and caring
educators.


All of which is to say that Hugh and Margaret Partridge are providing in the Raleigh area a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to come together in a very professional environment to learn the skills and discipline needed to play in an orchestra. Without the Philharmonic Association, this opportunity for our young musicians would not exist.

I have been directly associated with the Philharmonic Association as
a coach and as an audition adjudicator; also, some of my own private
students have played and are currently playing in Mr. Partridge's orchestras.

Demanding a lot from his players, Mr. Partridge gives them the awareness of what is required of a serious musician. The results
are seen and heard by the high quality of their performances. Some of my students who have played under Partridge have gone on to pursue
music as a profession; I am truly grateful for the experience and training they received.

Bravo to the Partridge's and the Philharmonic Association!

Eric McCracken, Violinist, North Carolina Symphony

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

The opportunity my violin students have had to learn orchestral skills, the symphonic repertoire, and the satisfaction of playing in an ensemble of high quality.

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

Ask that more time be given for students to prepare for the auditions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My child has been a member of one of the ensembles of the Philharmonic Association for the last seven years. It has been an exceptional experience from having friends with similar interests to learning advanced music in a quality environment. This is an organization that takes up all the slack that our education system cannot cover because funding for music and the arts have been cut so drastically in the last few years. It is extremely beneficial in giving a music education to the individuals that want to pursue music to those who love it but will be come professionals in other careers. The individuals who run the program (especially Mr. and Mrs. Partridge) are extremely dedicated to giving the best possible experience for all the participants and the performances. This program never turns away any musician due to the lack of the ability to pay the fee required to play. This is very honorable and enables many students to have this great education no matter what they can afford. This is something that we should all applaud and support. There are many wonderful volunteers and incredible conductors that help make the program successful. The PA is run well and very efficiently. Please support them by coming to a concert!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Philharmonic Association is located in Raleigh, NC, and it is an organization that has six musical ensembles. Three of the ensembles are youth symphonies, two are string orchestras, and the sixth is a jazz ensemble of high school aged youth. The five orchestra/symphony ensembles study and perform classical music. With music education being decreased for our children in the public school system, I see the PA (Philharmonic Association) as an ESSENTIAL part of our community. I can write forever on the benefit of musical studies for students of any age; it truly develops the mind and makes children smarter. Because of the multiple levels of the PA ensembles, all children have an opportunity to learn and study classical music in an orchestra setting. The PA does not discriminate in any way with respect to someone not being able to afford the cost of participation. The PA will find a way for someone who gets into an orchestra to be able to participate; they waive fees for those who cannot afford them. That is such an honorable and great commitment and needs support from all of us. The PA works with the North Carolina Symphony enabling ensembles to have two rehearsals with an NCS coach for each orchestral section. In addition, the three top ensembles perform at the same venue as the NC Symphony. This is a great way for the young musicians to see what it is like to perform in a professional orchestra setting. Playing in a musical ensemble is a team sport for many of the youth and a great way to meet, socialize, and develop friendships with others who have similar interests and are from all over the area. The concerts are a joy for the audience as well as those performing. Many of our community come to see these young musicians as a way of enjoying classical music. The PA nurtures classical music and the minds of our children. Lastly, there are many dedicated people behind the scenes of the PA. Some of which are the conductors who give hours of their time and commitment to provide the young musicians with the best experience possible. The Philharmonic Association helps young people to develop not only as musicians but as well-rounded individuals. This is an association that I strongly support!

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

Seeing performances and having my child and her friends involved in the PA.

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

The PA could benefit a lot from its own facility and rehearsal space. This has been a goal for the group for some time. It will require a lot of financial support. This is something they are working on already. Give out the scores for auditions as done in all state auditions to make it more of a learning experience for the individual musician so that they can know how to improve.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've been a musician for over 40 years. Performing and composing. I feel that having this opportunity for these young adults cannot be under valued. Not only are they being exposed to classic compositions but compositions that I did not get a chance to learn until college. What a great thing. And for me the possibility that my son may decide to continue as a musician reinforces my desire to make these Sunday afternoon rehersals. Plus I get a free concert! Thanks for all you do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of being involved with the Philharmonic Association, my daughter (age 10) having joined the Triangle Youth Orchestra as a violinist. I have been involved in many organizations over the years, but I must say that the Philharmonic Association is exceptional in all aspect. I have seen the dedication and passion exhibited by the leaders of the Association. I have also seen the pursuit for excellence in all that they do. The expectations for the students are high, but the yield is remarkable. Speaking from personal experience, I have seen my daughter flourish in her music since being involved with the Philharmonic Association. This is certainly an organization worthy of the title "Great Nonprofit".

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

I have witnessed my ten year old daughter flourish in her violin playing since being involved with the Philharmonic Association

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

Can't think of any I would make.

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