PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC
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.
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.
Ways to make it better...
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
General Member of the Public & I drove my son to practice, also helped out with the pizza party.