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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

My husband and I have been thrilled with the opportunities afforded our son, Sam, through the Philharmoic Association. His school did not have an orchestra, and without the opportunities offered by the Philharmonic Association, he would not have been able to enjoy an orchestral experience. For the last three years, he has been a member of the Triangle Youth Symphony and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. This experience has been a postive one for our son on so many levels. The standards set by the Philharmonic Association are high, and when a child is accepted into the organization, they know immediately that they will be challenged to become the best musician possible. We have watched our son grow in confidence and poise, and he now approaches auditions and new opportunites enthusiastically. Because of the fine reputation of their youth programs, our son has been offered opportunities to play in local church productions and community events. He has made many new friends throughout the area that he would not have met otherwise. These friends share his love of music and the unique experience of being a part of the Philharmonic Association. Through the PA's association with the North Carolina Symphony, our son has been given the opportunity to have members of the symphony teach sectionals, and to ask questions and learn from the very best musicians. The Philhamonic Association is well run and organized. Parents are encouraged to play a large part in the week to week rehearsal preparations , and to serve as officers on different committees. This organization is run smoothly, with great support from the families involved. I have been impressed with the number of past alumni and their families, who continue to attend concerts and be involved with the Philharmonic Association. As the parents of a budding musician, my husband and I have benefited from our participation in the Philharmonic Association. We have learned alot from other parents and from our son about music and have attended concerts and community events that we might not have taken advantage of before our association with the Philharmonic Association. We highly recommend this organization to others.
Bill and Margie Sparrow

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

the growth I have seen in our son's musical ability. I have been priviledged to see this growth in many children as I have volunteered in different areas, and have been blessed to hear the wonderful concerts that result from excellent training and encouragement.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it possible for even more children to participate. As school budgets are cut, more and more musical opportunities are being lost. I feel that the Philhamonic Association offers a unique program that should expand. I would also hope that one day, this association could have a permanent home . While I am thankful for the space that we are allowed to use in a nearby school, I feel it would be easier to expand and operate if the organizaiton had a permanent location to serve the community.

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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?

I cannot think of one at this time.

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

I knew little about classical music and played no instruments when I gave birth to my little musician 15 years ago. My experience with the Philharmonic has brought our family closer together, by educating my husband and I on how to foster our son's love of music and by giving us volunteer opportunities that we can share together. We have become engaged in our community in new ways.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

By helping with auditions, fundraising and other activities, I feel I am helping keep music alive for the next generation. The Philharmonic is producing our future church musicians, community leaders, and showing them how their talents can be used to enrich the lives of others. While our initial involvement was to help our own son, it soon became apparent that our involvement with the Philharmonic would impact the lives of thousands of children by providing the same opportunites in years to come.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I have been involved with the Philharmonic Association for 7 years, with my daughter auditioning and joining as soon as we moved to the Raleigh area. As a parent, the Philharmonic Association has provided two of my children with musical education, guidance, and a wonderful peer group that helped them grow through those very tumultuous teen years. Being involved with the PA helped to keep them focused on music, provided weekly activity, introduced them to like-minded friends, exposed them to full orchestral music they otherwise would never have had the opportunity to play, and gave them an appreciation for working hard, teamwork, and classical music in general.

As a very involved volunteer and now board member, I appreciate seeing first-hand the difference the PA makes in young people's lives and in this community. Especially with the decrease in music education being offered in our public schools, the PA offers playing opportunities and performance opportunities this community would not have otherwise. Being involved for so many years now, I have literally seen children grow up from awkward young musicians terrified at their first performance to confident young men and women who astound the audience with their abilities. I sincerely cannot imagine this community without this organization.

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I have experienced the results of this organization first-hand in seeing my two children, and many others like them, grow throughout their teen-age years. Being able to keep focused on music performance gave them a great extra-curricular activity, provided a fantastic peer group, and helped them to mature in many ways. I also get to see the delight of parents, family, friends and the community when these children perform.

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

If I could make one change to this organization it would be to see them get their own "home". They currently use outside, third-party facilities in which to rehearse and perform. If they were able to have their own building, their own "home", they would be able to offer more flexible rehearsals, more frequent and smaller performances, and a practice place they could share with other organizations in the community.

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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

How did you learn about this organization?

The internet.

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

Providing music education and full-orchestra capabilities to area youth.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To maintain an organization capable of surviving change in staff and administration to continue to provide music education to the area's youth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

The Philharmonic Association has been a blessing to us for a few years now. We have a gifted musician that was needing a place to hone his talent and grow as a musician. The PA has provided technically challenging music, sectional teaching from NC symphony musicians, chamber group opportunities, solo performance opportunities and of course training as a symphonic musician. Also, the opportunity for our son to associate with other gifted musicians has given him an environment where he feels connected. He has peers in the PA that he can relate to. The value of training these young musicians receive far exceeds the dollar investment. Hugh Partridge does a great job preparing these young musicians for a future career in music if they so choose. If you've never been to one of their concerts, you need to go...you'll be amazed!

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

the growth of my son as a musician and person.

Ways to make it better...

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

I cannot think of a thing.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

My move to North Carolina from California came along with a professional change from the public to the private sector. I've seen, first hand, the challenges to Arts Education during tough economic times while watching California schools respond to the economic fallout of the dot.com crash at the turn of the century.

Here in North Carolina I became a supporter of the Philharmonic Association because of it's history supporting and strengthening the quality of arts education here in the Triangle. In addition to creating appreciation for the Arts, Music and The Arts education fosters a culture of creativity and innovation that will help the US compete more effectively in the competitive global economy.

Two of the current focus areas of the PA are 1) to respond to recent budget cuts to Strings programs in the Wake County Schools, and 2) to identify permanent performing and rehearsal space for the youth orchestras.

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I've talked to student performers, parents, alumni and community members who have all benefited from PA programs in different ways. Alumni in particular identify the personal and professional skills they learn in addition to the music skills. These skills include, self-confidence, teamwork, and self-discipline.

Ways to make it better...

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

Focus as much on building arts appreciation for those who young people not currently familiar w/ classical music as supporting those whose families are already familiar with and committed to classical music training.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

The Philharmonic Association is an organization that encompasses several youth orchestras ranging in skill level from elementary to high school, as well as chamber music groups and a jazz band. The PA serves over 300 young musicians in the Raleigh-Durham area every year. My experience with the organization has been two-fold: as a professional musician (in the North Carolina Symphony) coaching the students, and as the parent of two daughters who have participated in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the Triangle Youth Symphony.

I cannot speak highly enough about the wonderful work done by the Association. It plays a vital role in promoting the love of classical music among the youth in our area. In an era when arts education in public schools is shrinking, the PA has provided quality music training for thousands of children. Numerous performances are presented each year, with many students becoming highly skilled as they move up through the ranks over the years.

My daughters have loved participating in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. The rehearsals and concerts have introduced them to the joy of performing orchestral masterworks. Once they have performed these pieces, they continue to treasure them. Often, they decide to learn other works by the same composers. Through the efforts of the Philharmonic Association, they have developed a love of classical music that will enrich them throughout their lives.

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

The way it has fostered the love of classical music and the development of musical skills for thousands of children. My two daughters have thoroughly loved participating in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. As a coach, I have watched many children develop great skill as musicians.

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

This organization is very well run.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

The Triangle Youth Orchestras are a vital part for our youth to experience hard work, performing and the exposure to Classical and Symphonic music. Many of my students have enjoyed being in the three different orchestras and jazz band. It also gives the youth a sociable environment outside of school and insulated computer time. The experience for each will have an impact on their future in a positive way.
It is a well run organization and invaluable to our culture here in North Carolina.

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

my students dedication to hard work and preparation

Ways to make it better...

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

see to it that they had their own rehearsal hall and equipment.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

Philharmonic Association of North Carolina is an organization that has been quietly serving the youth of the Triangle in NC (and many from outside the triangle as well) year after year for 30 years. Music direction comes from highly qualified professionals and music educators in the community who give their time and expertise for the love of children and future of music. Thanks to their dedicated effort, musicians play in "youth "orchestras but the quality is well beyond their age with a maturity that would sit well in a professional orchestra. Children not only develop musical skills and hone their mental abilities through it, they also develop a deep sense of responsibility and communal belonging that will certainly help secure the future of our country. Recognizing this for what it is - a rare opportunity not available for most communities - parents and well-wishers chip in with their time to help out with the running of the the organization. Professional musicians participate in training sessions and coaching classes. For those who believe in Arts and its value in shaping the future of the world, organizations like the PA is godsend.

Personally, my story begins about 6 years back when my daughter who was then a beginner at violin joined the Triangle Youth Orchestra. She loved music but her activities with it was confined to lessons and perhaps a few minutes of practice each day. Almost from the first day she was in TYO, I noticed a change in here. She comes back from weekly orchestral practice eyes sparkling, full of stories of who-said-what, the jokes made by the conductor, and so on. She'd look forward to the 2.5hours of Tuesday evenings with an enthusiasm that was catching. She has graduated to higher orchestras in the organization now and has come a long way as a musician but the sparkle in the eyes and the enthusiasm are just the same as the first day she went to orchestra practice 6 years back. Other problems in her (teenage) life melt away and she gets back from her orchestra fully-recharged. The effect of PA and music are very evident in her school work, her social skills, her positive attitude to life etc. Now my son also is part of PA!

Please encourage PA and other Arts oriented volunteer organizations of exceptional class.

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

The sheer quality of music my children play. They have also reaped benefits by way of getting confidence in their abilities, building a great network of like minded musicians, having a purpose and belief in hard work

Ways to make it better...

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

help build a music facility so they can practice in a home of their own.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

taught me much about music and built a valuable social network

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

fulfilling

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I am a professional violinist working with the North Carolina Symphony. Over the past years I have had a number of students who have participated in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic orchestra. Each student has grown tremendously as a musician while working with the group and Mr. Partridge, the conductor of the orchestra. Mr. Partridge is very strict with the students yet brings to them the enjoyment of the music. He shows them what a professional orchestra is capable of doing and his results are wonderful. The music the students get to work on is of the highest level and the performances are truly surprising. I have had some students come into a lesson feeling discouraged over the difficulty of a given passage in a piece of music. After much hard work, and when it all comes together at the performance, these students are thrilled at what they can accomplish. This is another "tiny" step in creating a future professional musician. I truly believe the Philharmonic Association and Mr. Partridge are a great asset to the area and are leading the way in helping many young people to enjoy classical music.

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

I have heard many of the concerts and I feel that the orchestra gets better every year.

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep things going the way they are.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

For the past 8 years, we have served as volunteers with the Philharmonic Association youth orchestras. The PA is a well organized group of orchestras available to the youth of the Triangle area as well as other interested young musicians throughout North Carolina. There are several orchestras that allow students of all levels of accomplishment to perform together and develop musically. As an added bonus, they perform each fall and spring in the beautiful Meymandi concert hall, just like the pros! Over the years we have watched the students grow in confidence and ability from this challenging and nurturing environment. The Philharmonic Association is one of the great musical treasures available to the students of North Carolina.

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Each semester for the past 8 years our sons have looked forward to the orchestra rehearsals. It has been the highlight of their school week where they have made many friends. They have matured as performers and as a result have taken their music back into the community through performing at local retirement communities and hospitals.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

The Philharmonic Association is where talented and motivated young players in the Raleigh area get orchestral training and I have enjoyed watching and listening as the musicians work their way up through the different level orchestras and often go on to pursue music. The Philharmonic has worked to create a partnership with the North Carolina Symphony, and the young orchestras often work on repertoire which they hear the North Carolina Symphony perform - a great idea pedagogically as well as a wonderful way to get young people excited about not only playing music but listening to music. I enjoy the Honors recitals, concerto opportunities and occasional chamber music the PA provides for its students.

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

I have, and have had students who have thrived in the TYS and TYP environment.

Ways to make it better...

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

Raleigh needs one central location where kids can gain training in music theory and chamber music and orchestra. In big cities this kind of thing exists in pre-colleges connected to conservatories. I know the Philharmonic Association has dreams of owning their own building. It is my dream for our community and for the future of PA as well.

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