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PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC
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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I was able to provide volunteer help to assist weekly rehearsals and concert performances, helping children with their music.