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PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION INC
January 31, 2011

My husband and I have been thrilled with the opportunities afforded our son, Sam, through the Philharmoic Association. His school did not have an orchestra, and without the opportunities offered by the Philharmonic Association, he would not have been able to enjoy an orchestral experience. For the last three years, he has been a member of the Triangle Youth Symphony and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. This experience has been a postive one for our son on so many levels. The standards set by the Philharmonic Association are high, and when a child is accepted into the organization, they know immediately that they will be challenged to become the best musician possible. We have watched our son grow in confidence and poise, and he now approaches auditions and new opportunites enthusiastically. Because of the fine reputation of their youth programs, our son has been offered opportunities to play in local church productions and community events. He has made many new friends throughout the area that he would not have met otherwise. These friends share his love of music and the unique experience of being a part of the Philharmonic Association. Through the PA's association with the North Carolina Symphony, our son has been given the opportunity to have members of the symphony teach sectionals, and to ask questions and learn from the very best musicians. The Philhamonic Association is well run and organized. Parents are encouraged to play a large part in the week to week rehearsal preparations , and to serve as officers on different committees. This organization is run smoothly, with great support from the families involved. I have been impressed with the number of past alumni and their families, who continue to attend concerts and be involved with the Philharmonic Association. As the parents of a budding musician, my husband and I have benefited from our participation in the Philharmonic Association. We have learned alot from other parents and from our son about music and have attended concerts and community events that we might not have taken advantage of before our association with the Philharmonic Association. We highly recommend this organization to others.
Bill and Margie Sparrow

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth I have seen in our son's musical ability. I have been priviledged to see this growth in many children as I have volunteered in different areas, and have been blessed to hear the wonderful concerts that result from excellent training and encouragement.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it possible for even more children to participate. As school budgets are cut, more and more musical opportunities are being lost. I feel that the Philhamonic Association offers a unique program that should expand. I would also hope that one day, this association could have a permanent home . While I am thankful for the space that we are allowed to use in a nearby school, I feel it would be easier to expand and operate if the organizaiton had a permanent location to serve the community.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I cannot think of one at this time.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I knew little about classical music and played no instruments when I gave birth to my little musician 15 years ago. My experience with the Philharmonic has brought our family closer together, by educating my husband and I on how to foster our son's love of music and by giving us volunteer opportunities that we can share together. We have become engaged in our community in new ways.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

By helping with auditions, fundraising and other activities, I feel I am helping keep music alive for the next generation. The Philharmonic is producing our future church musicians, community leaders, and showing them how their talents can be used to enrich the lives of others. While our initial involvement was to help our own son, it soon became apparent that our involvement with the Philharmonic would impact the lives of thousands of children by providing the same opportunites in years to come.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & As a parent volunteer, I have helped with the coat check opportunity that helps to raise funds and awareness of the programs offered by the Philharmonic Association. I have assisted in registration and other tasks related to the yearly auditon process.