Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
44 Reviews
1234.977275
Previous | Next
Write A Review
May 15, 2012

more


1 previous review
January 30, 2011

I had been aware of the work the Philharmonic Association (PA) for years because of my own membership during my high school years in a youth orchestra. Only in the last few years, when I joined their ... more

May 15, 2012

When I was in high school, the opportunity to be a member of an excellent youth orchestra came my way, and the experience has stayed with me all my life. So I happily accepted a Board nomination with the Philharmonic Association 3 years ago. The PA does so much MORE for young musicians than the organization I was a part of back in high school. They always seek to expand programs or create new ones to fill needs - needs which are many because our local school system cannot provide this kind of orchestral experience for young musicians. Currently, the PA sponsors 4 levels of orchestras and a jazz ensemble. I attended the top group's spring concert a few weeks ago and was amazed at the quality - if I closed my eyes I thought I was listening to a professional orchestra. And yet, the mission of the PA is not at all to exclusively train future professional musicians. The PA is more about creating the next audience for classical music, the next Board members, the next donors - in general, the next generation of those who appreciate classical music

More feedback...

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 30, 2011

I had been aware of the work the Philharmonic Association (PA) for years because of my own membership during my high school years in a youth orchestra. Only in the last few years, when I joined their Board of Directors, did I really come to understand the need this organization fills. Today schools are pushed to emphasize academic subject more and more. So often the arts are either minimized by only being offered as extracurricular activities or not offered at all. In our area, this is especially true for school orchestras. String programs have suffered cuts, and many school don't offer an orchestra experience at all.

The PA fills this void with not one, but four youth orchestras, geared to student ability, where young musicians learn and perform great orchestral works of the past and present. In addition, they sponsor a jazz ensemble that similarly allows exploration of the big band repertoire.

A unique aspect of the PA that is especially important to me is their emphasis on education. Many youth orchestras operate as pre-professional orchestras, with a primary mission of preparing their members for orchestral careers. The PA takes a broader view. Yes, a percentage of PA members do go on to become college music majors with plans for careers in music. But equally, if not more, important is their mission to create a lifelong love of and participation in music by the students. The PA creates career musicians, but also future parents who will foster a love of music in their children, future audience members, future community arts volunteers, future Board members, and future donors.

I'm very proud to be associated with them.

The Great!

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

The PA presents two regular concerts each season. I attend these concerts and hear young violinists, barely past the beginner stage, playing adaptations of pieces created for their skill level. I then hear the two intermediate orchestras play ever more advanced adaptations and the advanced orchestra perform works in their original form. I experience their ever-increasing skill levels and sense their pride in bringing the notes to life. These concerts are always amazing experiences.

Ways to make it better...

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

Easy - I would get them their own building so that they would not need to worry about their rehearsal space being taken away by changes in school policy (we currently rent from the public school system).

More feedback...

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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was a youth orchestra member as a high schooler (different city) and have a natural interest in organizations such as this. A personal friend was a long-time Board member.

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

They need to secure a space for rehearsals and storage that they control. Currently they rent from the public school system.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The organization founder is still its artistic director, and hopefully will continue in that capacity for years to come. But "continuity of business" is definitely a longer-term priority.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 31, 2011

more

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.

The Great!

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.

More feedback...

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

more

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.


Photos

The Great!

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.

January 31, 2011

more

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.

The Great!

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.

More feedback...

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

more

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.

The Great!

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.

January 20, 2011

more

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.

The Great!

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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 12, 2011

more

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.

The Great!

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.....

Ways to make it better...

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.......

Previous | Next
Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers