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PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC
January 30, 2011

The Philharmonic Association is an organization that encompasses several youth orchestras ranging in skill level from elementary to high school, as well as chamber music groups and a jazz band. The PA serves over 300 young musicians in the Raleigh-Durham area every year. My experience with the organization has been two-fold: as a professional musician (in the North Carolina Symphony) coaching the students, and as the parent of two daughters who have participated in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the Triangle Youth Symphony.

I cannot speak highly enough about the wonderful work done by the Association. It plays a vital role in promoting the love of classical music among the youth in our area. In an era when arts education in public schools is shrinking, the PA has provided quality music training for thousands of children. Numerous performances are presented each year, with many students becoming highly skilled as they move up through the ranks over the years.

My daughters have loved participating in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. The rehearsals and concerts have introduced them to the joy of performing orchestral masterworks. Once they have performed these pieces, they continue to treasure them. Often, they decide to learn other works by the same composers. Through the efforts of the Philharmonic Association, they have developed a love of classical music that will enrich them throughout their lives.

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The way it has fostered the love of classical music and the development of musical skills for thousands of children. My two daughters have thoroughly loved participating in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. As a coach, I have watched many children develop great skill as musicians.

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This organization is very well run.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I coached students and judged auditions.