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PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC
January 24, 2011

The Philharmonic Association is where talented and motivated young players in the Raleigh area get orchestral training and I have enjoyed watching and listening as the musicians work their way up through the different level orchestras and often go on to pursue music. The Philharmonic has worked to create a partnership with the North Carolina Symphony, and the young orchestras often work on repertoire which they hear the North Carolina Symphony perform - a great idea pedagogically as well as a wonderful way to get young people excited about not only playing music but listening to music. I enjoy the Honors recitals, concerto opportunities and occasional chamber music the PA provides for its students.

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Raleigh needs one central location where kids can gain training in music theory and chamber music and orchestra. In big cities this kind of thing exists in pre-colleges connected to conservatories. I know the Philharmonic Association has dreams of owning their own building. It is my dream for our community and for the future of PA as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field & I often coach sectionals for the cellos.