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January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

The Philharmonic Association inc. is a stellar resource for North Carolina youth seeking symphonic experience. The training provided local students provides for a wide range of abilities and experience. The level of talent and technical ability in the Philharmonic youth orchestras is very impressive. The Association pulls in all resources available to augment their students experience and education. As one of the Concertmasters of the North Carolina Symphony and an instructor of violin, I have been privileged to witness and help guide the development of the Philharmonic students. Each year as I preside over auditions and guide sectionals for the Philharmonic orchestras, I am respectfully impressed by the advancement in the ability of the students. This is due to the quality of training and the demands for excellence made of the students by the The Philharmonic Association. As a result, the Philharmonic Association, inc. has earned recognition as the preeminent source for developing musicians to experience and achieve excellence in symphonic education. This is an endeavor I am proud to participate in.

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

auditions, sectionals, performances

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

- collaborate on specific audition excerpts to better show abilities at different levels suited to the specific level of orchestra. -schedule sectionals earlier in the rehearsal schedule to address bowings and fingerings.

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

I am a general member of the public now, but for 3 years my son was a participant in this youth orchestra...and he had an incredible experience. The dedicated staff there was extremely diligent and hard working, despite a very tight budget. My son was able to work with members of the NC Symphony in small group sessions, and then had the experience of playing in Meymandi Hall, the exact same venue the Symphony uses for their concerts. I remember being moved to tears the first time I sat in that facility listening to those kids play - I really couldn't believe they were all high school, or younger. As a parent providing transportation to practices, I actually sat in on a lot of them, and the quality of the instruction was first class. Just yesterday, my son called to inform me he was awarded the full scholarship available at UNC Pembroke for non music majors. The professors there praised his playing, and said they had never had a bassoonist of his caliber at the school - ever. I know for a fact that this is in large part due to the high level of professionalism that the Philharmonic Association operates with, and demands of these kids. This is an extraordinary, and I am sure just about one of a kind organization.

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

My son receiving a scholarship for his music ability. Sitting in Meymandi Hall being blown away by the concerts.

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

Actually make a certain level of parental participation (as a volunteer) mandatory for the child's eligibility

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

My daughter, who is now graduating from a competitive program with a major in violin & viola performance, was a member of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic throughout high school, having previously participated in two other youth orchestras both here and in our previous state. All three were good learning experiences, but that offered by the Philharmonic Association is at a whole different level.

The Philharmonic Association provided an important compliment to her high school experience, and one from which she learned in multiple ways. It provided an opportunity to play more demanding music with a more accomplished and committed set of peers, served as a vital continuity element when her high school program experience a leadership change, gave her the opportunity to perform in a professional setting, built her confidence, reinforced her dedication, and helped open doors to related opportunities and experiences. She was already a committed musician, but her particiapation in this organization helped prepare her to be successful at the next level.

It was very heartening to see numerous other students -- with a range of strengths, challenges, and ambitions -- benefitting in similar ways. The professional music staff is clearly committed to preparing and presenting strong performances, but it seems to me that the top priorities are always the education and development of the individual student members. This is a value proposition that I admire and support.

Years of involvement with successful YMCA programs, the Boy Scouts, and Junior Achievement provide a benchmark for me. I have not had a child in the Philharmonic Association for a few years, but I am so convinced of the value this organization provides both its student members and the community that I now make the PA my main community committment. I feel my time and efforts here are productive for young people who want to play good music, whether they want to be professionals or not, whether they are affluent or poor. I believe things such as the joy of music, being responsible to yourself and to others, a work ethic, and continuing achievement help hundreds of children move toward being the kinds of adults who are vital to our community. That's what I see with the PA.

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My daughter was a committed musician when she earned a place in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. Her experiences with that group taught her about music, but a whole lot more about herself, personal achievement, and collaborating successfully with people who have different strenghts, challenges, styles, and priorities. I beleive this experience was material in her college success and development as a person.

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The PA has operated very successfully for more than 20 years. The greatest threat to its continued success is reliable access to rehearsal space for its large ensembles. It has successfully used WCPSS facilities, but there is no long-term commitments are made, and no assurance that they will continue to be available. In times of economic challenge, this is especially worrisome.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I am a musician in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. I have been part of the organization since i was in 4th grade (around 7 years ago). I remember the first time I played in the Triangle Youth Orchestra and how in awe I was of all the big musicians and how nice everything sounded and how much fun it all was! That part hasn't changed at all. I am fifteen now, and I look forward to all my rehearsals and performances just as I did as an 8 year old. The Philharmonic Association is a wonderfully run program with top music teachers and conductors all going out of their way to support the ensemble to the best of their abilities and helping young musicians like myself be the best that they can possibly be. It has been a huge part of my life and training as a musician. We play very high quality, challenging music (such as the Planets by Holst, Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, and many more...) and I don't feel like I am exaggerating when I say that it must be one of the top youth programs in the country. If you have not heard us play, I would highly suggest you change that ASAP.

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This organization has helped every aspect of my orchestral abilities and my skills as a musician.

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The only thing this organization really needs is a proper home for orchestra rehearsals.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I'm a violist with the Triangle Youth Philharmonic, a branch of the Philharmonic Association. I began with the Triangle Youth Symphony, another branch, and have worked my way up from there. This organization has made me grow as a musician more than any other musical experience that I have ever taken part of. After joining for my first semester back in 2009, my love for music along with my personal musicianship grew tremendously. The opportunity has truly changed my life.

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

my musical abilities, knowledge, and appreciation.

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

make rehearsals earlier, but longer!

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I have been involved with the Philharmonic Association for nine years. Both my children are musicians and have had the excellent experience of sitting in the orchestras and playing beautiful music. Because of my children's involvement I have volunteered in many different ways for the Philharmonic Association. One of the most rewarding volunteer jobs I have taken on is helping out at auditions. If you have never auditioned, you would be amazed at how stressful this process can be. The Philharmonic Association is aware of this and tries to make the audition experience positive for all children. It starts with information that Mr. Partridge (conductor of TYP) has written that goes out to the musicians on how to audition. The musicians know what is expected from them and what to expect once they arrive at the audition. The association goes to great lengths to assign days and times of auditions so the musicians are not sitting waiting their turn. The auditions are blind, this makes the auditions as fair as possible. The musicians are each assigned to an adult volunteer who walks them to their audition room and answers any questions that come up and then walks them back to their parent. My children have felt having an adult with them takes some of the pressure off and is reassuring having someone to answer questions and make sure all goes smoothly.
The Philharmonic Association has given my children a love for symphonic music they could not have gotten any where else in Wake County.  One of my joys is when hearing a piece on the radio and one of my children says, “I’ve played that”. It is something they will always have with them and I can't thank Philharmonic Association enough!

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I am always amazed when I go to Philharmonic concerts and see children from fourth grade through twelfth grade playing such challenging repertoire. The quality of musicianship that is seen on stage is outstanding.

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

The Philharmonic Association has always rehearsed in the public schools in Wake County. The change that would impact the children the most would be their own practice space. This would give the PA more flexibility in scheduling rehearsals, it would also make it possible for the PA to own all the percussion instruments needed to create symphonic music.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

As with most volunteer experiences, more volunteers would be helpful.

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

I have met many parents who children had the same interest level in symphonic music as mine. Through them much information is past on about different activities that would interest musicians

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 16, 2011

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January 16, 2011

The Philharmonic Association, Raleigh NC, brings a professional level of the symphonic musical experience to students that is unmatched. Imagine having a blind audition and being selected out of hundreds of applicants. Imagine rehearsing with an orchestra that would rival any symphony. Imagine playing on-stage in front of an audience of close to seven hundred people and hearing that roar of applause. Now, imagine you are only 10 years old.

From the start you are treated like a professional. You learn to know your part, collaborate with others, work as a team, and respect the music. In return you are rewarded with knowledge that will last a lifetime and prepare you not only to be a symphonic musician, but experiences that will help you in life's journey.

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

I've personally experienced results with the organization for over ten years

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If I had to make changes to this organization I would help find them a grant so they could have their own space for weekly rehearsals and master classes for the hundreds of children attend each week.

January 15, 2011

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January 15, 2011

My daughter was a member of the Philharmonic Association for two years and the experience played an important part in furthering her abilities as a violist and musician. Participating provided her with ample opportunities for musical growth and leadership, as well as the establishment of wonderful friendships.



One aspect of the program I found particularly rewarding for my daughter, was the high level of expectations assumed by the organization and staff. So often we expect so little of young people who are really capable of so much. The Philharmonic Association sees things differently. They know and expect their participants to give their very best. The organization provides an environment that fosters and allows the participants to reach continually towards their fullest potential as well as provide pathways for future growth and opportunity.



Here are a few specifics. The music practiced and performed is always of the highest quality. The musicians perform complete symphonies by major composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, as well as many other classical works such as overtures and concertos. The music covers a wide range from the 18th century right up to works written by living composers specifically for the Philharmonic Association performers.



The rehearsals focus on the details and nuances of musical performance such that the young musicians learn how to improve their playing and how to practice a piece of music. This even includes exposure to historic music performance practices when performing music of the 18th century.



Additionally, the players have opportunities to work with professional musicians of the highest caliber through association with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, including its conductor, Grant Llewellyn.



Furthermore, the participants can develop their musical skills outside the orchestral ensembles through chamber groups, a concerto competition, and recitals featuring the young musicians involved with the organization.



If you are thinking of participating, I would unreservedly recommend the Philharmonic Association. On top of all the wonderful musical opportunities, cost is also a consideration. When my daughter participated I considered the fee for participation more then reasonable. However, the organization's policy is such that no participant is turned away due to in ability to afford the cost. I am convinced that young musicians and their musical growth is at the heart of everything the Philharmonic Association does.

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

I've personally experienced the results in the lives of young musicians.

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

The group desperately needs better rehearsal facilities and office space. If I had the means to change this I would, but, sadly, I do not.

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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?

2009

January 14, 2011

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January 14, 2011

I honestly don't know where we would be without the Philharmonic Association. My daughter is at a small private school that does not have a high school band. Yet, she thoroughly enjoys playing the flute and wanted to be part of some type of band/orchestra. Somewhat miraculously she auditioned and made the Triangle Youth Orchestra (TYO) in the Philharmonic Assoc. She absolutely loves everything about it. . . the director, the other kids, the music, everything. If it wasn't for this orchestra, she probably would not be playing the flute because of the school she attends. Yet, she has learned so much through TYO and has been exposed to quality music/musicians that she would otherwise not be around. TYO is a top-notch organization in every aspect and we are eternally grateful for it.

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My daughter benefits because she has the opportunity to play in an orchestra, instead of just playing the flute alone in her bedroom. There is no comparison! She is learning from gifted directors/NC Symphony volunteers who she otherwise would never know. She is around quality kids who are disciplined and learning to play their instrument with excellence. She is a more balanced and complete person. She does school, and softball, and tutors. . . and she plays in this orchestra!

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I actually have no complaints, and I'm not a real easy-to-please person. I have nothing but gratitude for this organization.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

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.

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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.....

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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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