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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 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.......

Board Member & Altho I've never had children of my own involved with this organization, I've been a volunteer with the Philharmonic Association for nearly 20 years and help out wherever and whenever needed as well as serving on the Board of Directors.