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

the way it shaped my life as a musician.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I am a high school clarinetist in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. I do not have an orchestra at my school, but the Philharmonic Association has by far made up for that! I get the oppurtunity to meet and perform with other dedicated musicians. By having multiple orchestras, you are placed in the orchestra adequate for your playing ability. The orchestras above you inspire you to grow in your musicianship so that you can place into a more advanced ensemble. The Philharmonic Association provides wonderful repetoire for their orchestras that challenge us but are within our ability to perform. They also provide sectionals with actual members of the North Carolina Symphony! These musicians provide personal attention, kindly offering their expertise. The rehearsals are fun, but the icing on the cake is the oppurtunity to present our hard work to the public in Meymandi Concert Hall!

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

my own musical experiences, the experiences of others, and the orchestras as a whole. Performing in the PA's orchestras has greatly improved my technique and musicality on my instrument!

Ways to make it better...

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

not change anything at this time. However, I wish that the Philharmonic Association would have the funding to build their own facilities.

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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

How did you find this group?

Recomendations from friends and teachers.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I has created the courage to pursue a career in music performance.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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January 31, 2011

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.


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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.

Ways to make it better...

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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January 31, 2011

I am a young oboist who has participated in a Philharmonic Association youth ensemble for the past 5 years. I have enjoyed my experience in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic because we get so many opportunities to play so many great, well-known classical works. Some of my favorites have been Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, Holst’s The Planets, and the Barber Violin Concerto. I have played in many youth wind ensembles throughout my high school career but the Triangle Youth Philharmonic is the only youth group nearby that includes an entire symphony orchestra. The experience of being a woodwind player in such a large ensemble of strings is not matched by any wind ensemble. The opportunities I have had to grow as a musician are innumerable in TYP. It really is an amazing, unforgettable experience to be a part of such an ensemble.

The association does a very good job of organizing dedicated staff and volunteers, selecting glorious music, and giving spectacular concerts that give the 300 plus student musicians who participate in the various ensembles musical opportunities not found elsewhere in this area.

In addition, my experiences in the audition process and the ensemble have helped to prepare me for college auditions. And probably most importantly, I have gained a love of classical music that will last a lifetime.

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

my growth as a musician. It's a fabulous experience to play great musical literature with like minded student musicians and great conductors.

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I really enjoyed the holiday concert we played as part of the WakeMed tree lighting celebration. I would love to see a holiday concert as a regular event for us!

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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

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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 personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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