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March 5, 2012

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March 5, 2012

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!

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 22, 2012

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January 20, 2011

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... more

January 22, 2012

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!

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 20, 2011

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!

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

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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.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

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".

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

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Can't think of any I would make.

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'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

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.

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Learning how to read music

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

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

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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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!

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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

January 31, 2011

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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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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!

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 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.

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