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February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

I am a professional musician and teacher in the Raleigh/ Triangle area of NC. I have been playing and teaching here since 1975. Since the Philharmonic Association came into being I have seen the level of playing among our young musicians rise to a new and higher level than ever before. My students who have participated have grown so much from their experiences, both musically and in how to function in a group situation, and have produced performances that are both polished and exciting. The skills that they learn through music will help them to succeed in all of their personal and professional endeavors later in life. And the best part of the Philharmonic Association's program is that they offer these wonderful challenges and benefits to students of a wide range of ages and previous experience! The triangle area is very fortunate to have this organization!

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I have seen the growth, personally and musically, of those students.

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Continue as it has, striving to include more and more students.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

When you enter the symphony hall to encounter over 100 talented musicians in attention for the maestro to enter and take up the baton, the mere sight is exhilarating and majestic. Then you sit down and listen to the product. You find the music is mature, the sound, vibrant, exact and approaching virtuosity. There are passages of no matter which composer they are playing that are transforming and transcendent. They sound like they are reaching up and touching the hem of God’s toga…

Love and Joy to All

AM

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Mrs. Meymandi and I support Triangle Youth Philharmonic, and go to as many as their programs as time allows. They produce serious music one expects from much larger and more experienced orchestras. TYP is a huge asset to the rich cultural life of Raleigh.

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

Change absolutely nothing

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

I am lucky that I get to have a special relationship to the Philharmonic Association. I'm a current member of the board of directors, but 12 years ago, I was playing violin in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP).

I was blessed to have such an incredible outlet for music when I was in
high school. In the orchestra, we played high-level and classic works, and performed original pieces by local composers. We learned from members of the N.C. Symphony, and were directed by the talented Hugh Partridge.

But TYP meant a lot more to me than just pretty music. There I met some of my best friends, and had a magnificent time performing in places like the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

I joined the board because I believe in the organization and I wanted to make sure that other young musicians have the same life-changing experiences that TYP gave to me.

The Philharmonic Association has grown since my time in the orchestra thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff. Now, even more kids are able to make beautiful music to share with our community.

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hearing some amazing concerts. I also was a participant for many years!

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Not change a thing! OK, maybe a new rehearsal space, but they are amazingly efficient with a small staff and small budget.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I first heard about the Philharmonic Association one year ago, while I was a junior in high school. I was currently enrolled in the Beginning Strings class of Cary High School, taught by Ms. Partridge. She let me and my sister (who was also a beginner at the time) know about TYSO, which she thought would be great for us to participate in. She was certainly right! It was one of the best experiences of my life as a new string player. The conductors were all so nice and giving, and the children seemed very eager and excited to play. It was my first time playing with an actual orchestra besides my little Beginning Strings orchestra.
Later the following year, while I progressed with my bass, Ms. Partridge thought my sister and I were ready for TYS, which is one level below the highest, TYP. Not even having a year's experience with bass, I was both thrilled and terrified! It was my very first audition, and - like any other self-conscious player - I thought I did terribly and cried the whole way home! But just a few weeks later, I found out that those tears were unnecessary, because I received the news that I was first chair bassist! Co-Principal chair! This has been the greatest accomplishment I've ever achieved. I couldn't have been more thrilled.
I met great players, and was amazed at everyone's abilities. Playing beautiful pieces of music with a room full of other eager musicians was very exciting, and it has been the greatest musical experience of my life. I'm so grateful to PA that they offer this to young musicians. Without them, I wouldn't have gotten where I am today (which is still Co-Principal bassist for TYS)!

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I've personally experienced the results of PA in many ways. It has given me the role of first-chair bassist, which is a huge leadership role. Leading the bass section has become so important to me. It has made me more confidant in my abilities as a bassist and a leader. And it has also given me great experience with playing in a symphony, which I would have never been able to do if PA wasn't here.

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The only thing I would change about the PA is getting it more well-known! The rehearsals are conveniently close by, and the time fits my family's schedule perfectly. The conductors are all amazing people, and all the musicians are always giving it their all.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I'm in my third year participating in the Philharmonic Association's youth orchestras. I've been playing violin since I was 4 and my private teacher encouraged me to try out for the orchestra because I had never played in that type of environment before. The first year I tried out, I was surprised that I was accepted as a Violin II in the Triangle Youth Orchestra. Then I became nervous that I would mess up in front of the whole orchestra at rehearsals. I wasn't really good at reading music then. During that year, I felt more and more comfortable in reading music and learned many other skills that are needed if you are in an orchestra.

The second year I tried out for the Triangle Youth Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Symphony. I was ecstatic when I received a call from my conductor telling me that I was accepted into both orchestras. I had to choose between being the Concertmaster of the Triangle Youth Orchestra or move up to the Triangle Youth Symphony. I never thought I would choose to take on the responsibility of a leadership position. But surprisingly, I immediately agreed to be Concertmaster. During that year, I learned how important the role is, how many people depend on you to keep the orchestra together. The skills that I learned in the first year of orchestra helped prepare me to carry out my leadership role successfully.

This year I moved up to the Triangle Youth Symphony as a Violin I. The music is more challenging, more exciting and it is definitely making me a better musician. My experience over the past few years has taught me to respect the Conductors and principals as well as the other musicians.

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I read music better. I learned how to play in an ensemble. I'm a better musician than I was before, and I keep learning new things.

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I wish we had a permanent rehearsal space. I also think it would be fun if the kids could make suggestions for pieces to perform in the future.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

My daughter is now in her 3rd year with the orchestra. Since the arts are often the first thing that schools cut from their curriculum, it was her first opportunity to participate in ANY orchestra. And it's been a remarkable experience for her! She loves playing with so many different instruments in a large group of kids. It was the first time she had ever seen some of the instruments! I've watched her grow in skill and self-confidence over the past few years. I don't think she would have grown as much without the Philharmonic Association.

As a parent volunteer, I have enjoyed getting to know the students, their families, other parent volunteers, board members and the artistic staff. The Philharmonic Association is a well-run organization. I have found that the people involved have a passion for music and the desire to share it with the children in our community.

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It has significantly enriched my daughter's life. She has grown as a musician and matured as a young lady. She is more self-confident and much more comfortable playing in an ensemble. I am looking forward to her continuing through high school (she is now in 8th grade).

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The Philharmonic Association does not have it's own facility so the students must rehearse in borrowed space. It would be nice for the PA to have its own rehearsal and performance space. I would also like to see more performances in the community by all levels of the orchestra. I wish more people in the community knew about this wonderful program.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

This is deffinetly a great way for kids to not only learn to read music, but to experience the fun of learning and being with friends. I have been in the orchestra for 3 years, and have deffinetely enjoyed playing in a professional orchestra. Triangle Youth Philarmonic is a must for kids just learning or want to learn how to read music from different eras.

Chandler

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Learning how to read music

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

Let the kids conduct some pieces.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I am an alumnus of the Triangle Youth Symphony (98-02) and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic (02-04). When I first started playing the violin, I did not have the opportunity to play in an orchestra because my middle school did not have a strings program (the case for many students in the Triangle area). The PA was the only place I could play the violin with other students, and I absolutely loved it. It gave me a place to play challenging symphonic music, a chance to make friends from other schools, and taught me how to be a consistent member of an ensemble. I am currently beginning my musical career as a musician in a professional orchestra, and I find myself coming back to the many lessons (both musical and personal) that I learned as a student in the PA. I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to be a musician in this organization, and look forward to hearing more about its growth and success!

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the way it shaped my life as a musician.

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

find a building they can call their own.

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

Life-changing

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

My family has been with Philharmonic Association for the past seven years. Our teenage daughter recently remarked to us "Thank you for making me stick with violin all these years; it now defines who I am and I am glad to be a musician." Clearly, the PA played a great part in helping her grow, by challenging her and giving her an opportunity to be part of something big. What used to be a reason to get together with other children is now an opportunity to play great classical music and to feel good about her abilities. The musical skills that she has acquired with PA, and the ability to collaborate in making music, will stay with her for the rest of her life -- a true gift for any child.

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

Seeing a shy (lonely) child turn into a confident musician.

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

make it financially self-sufficient.

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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

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

The Philharmonic Association has been a very positive experience for my entire family. In an area where school orchestras are being eliminated, it has been very important to have an organization where children can participate in playing fine music.
The staff is dedicated and far exceed
expectations on every level. Our child, who is now a young adult, brings many lessons she has learned from the PA to her job in a professional symphony. She often tells me that she feels like one of her conductors from the PA is sitting on her shoulder whispering in her ear.
Our family has made life time friends and has developed an appreciation for classical music. We still attend concerts even though our child graduated long ago. We believe the Philharmonic Association is a top-notch organization and vital to our community.

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I have seen many children flourish in their musicianship due to the PA.

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

Make it larger so all children could have the opportunity to participate.

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