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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Symphony Orchestras

Mission: The mission of the Philharmonic Association is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn, understand, and perform great symphonic and jazz music, to provide professional training to promote the students' participation in and lifelong understanding and love of great symphonic and jazz music, and to increase family awareness and community interest in order to ensure continuing appreciation of, participation in, and financial support of these musical activities.

Results: We have served over 1900 young musicians, played over 500 of the world's greatest music compositions including 12 World Premiers.

Target demographics: Young musicians in the 4th through 12th grades who play orchestral instruments. High-school jazz instrumentalists.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 youth musicians

Geographic areas served: Triangle area of North Carolina

Programs: Triangle Youth Philharmonic Triangle Youth Symphony Triangle Youth Orchestra Triangle Youth String Orchestras Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that offers significant benefits to the young musicians in our community. My daughters participated for many years and were challenged as they learned to play some beautiful music. Both of them appreciated the chance to play with their talented musician peers and have fun doing it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first discovered the Philharmonic Association when I was searching for a musical enrichment experience above and beyond school band for my young oboist. We were thrilled with the experience she enjoyed in Triangle Symphony. That was 9 years ago. Since then, my other two have loved their experiences in TYO, TYS and now TYP. As a parent, it's been thrilling to see how much the musicians grow throughout the season under the expert guidance of the Philharmonic Association staff.

The musicans can participate in string orchestras, full symphony orchestras, smaller chamber groups, and jazz ensembles. The level of performance is really outstanding. I love watching all the groups perform - the programming of the artistic staff keeps my kids interested and challenged and wanting to return for more year after year.

It's been rewarding to volunteer and to serve on the board of this wonderful nonprofit





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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Philharmonic Association when I was searching for a beyond band experience for my young musician. We joined the PA 5 years ago, and I was very impressed with the experience my child was getting in the Triangle Youth Symphony. She moved up to the Triangle Youth Philharmonic as her abilities increased. My two younger children now play in the Triangle Youth Orchestra. I was very impressed with the organization, and since have held many various volunteer positions and now volunteer on the Board of Directors.

The experiences my children, and all our young musicians are getting through the mission of the Philharmonic Association are outstanding. They are exposed to great classical music, they have the challenge of learning their individual parts, they learn how to play as part of an ensemble, and they learn responsibility to be prepared for rehearsals, and to cooperate as part of a large group.

I am always amazed at how wonderful the children sound at their concerts. Sitting in the audience, watching my young performers on the big stage at Meymandi Concert Hall is a real thrill for me, and always sends shivers down my spine. The enjoyment my children get, the lessons they are learning, and the exposure to great works of classical music are invaluable.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Philharmonic Association's music ensembles for the past 6 years. I am currently in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. This organization has given me the means to challenge myself and has helped me reach my full musical potential. That is something that no other music program has done and I am so thankful to be a part of the Philharmonic Association.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NC Philharmonic Association is an outstanding organization! Our son has enjoyed his time with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble immensely. He has learned a great deal and grown so much as a musician by playing with this group and from his director, Dr. Gregg Gelb. I also commend the operations leadership for their professionalism and dedication to the youth of the area. We are very grateful to have found this non-profit!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of the Philharmonic Association (PA) for a number of years. The PA is an incredible organization that serves approximately 500 students who play musical instruments in eight orchestras and jazz ensembles as well as in a number of smaller ensembles. The organization fills a need that is often left unmet by the students' schools and provides professional instruction at the highest level. "The mission of the Philharmonic Association is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn, understand, and perform great symphonic and jazz music, to provide professional training to promote the students’ participation in and lifelong understanding and love of great symphonic and jazz music, and to increase family awareness and community interest to ensure continuing appreciation of, participation in, and financial support of these musical activities". The PA offers financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay the participation fee and serves a very culturally and economically diverse student population.The PA operates on a shoestring budget with a limited staff, careful budgeting and planning and depends on donations and grants for funding in addition to concert revenue and participation fees. I know of no other organization that uses its resources more wisely and produces such a wonderful "product."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my son's third year with the PA and he plays with two of their ensembles. He plays trumpet with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble II and he plays french horn with the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. This is also my third year volunteering and serving as Parent Coordinator for the TYJE II. I love the opportunities that the PA provides for so many children and it gives the the outlet to take their talent to the next level. During my three years with the PA I have watched these young musicians grow and flourish. The talent and professionalism that is demonstrated by the musicians at the concerts is breathtaking. I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very professional and caring. I look forward to working with them again.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My relationship with this outstanding organization goes back almost to it's beginning even 'tho I've never had a child involved. The magnitude of the benefits to our youth who are involved with the PA cannot be summarized in a brief paragraph but know that these kids are learning so much about life, music, social interaction among many cultures, as well as personal discipline and growth and that is creating a solid foundation as they go "out into the world". With so many of the arts being cut from public school funding, it is vital that our youth have outlets for their time, talents and creativity and the PA provides exactly that for hundreds and hundreds of students. Their experiences will last a lifetime as well as careers for those who choose a music-related path.
Kay Struffolino

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Philharmonic Association provides a phenomenal opportunity for young musicians to experience, learn and grow in the world of music. It provides professional leadership and conductors as well as personal coaching to help the kids become more comfortable with their talent and abilities while growing as musicians. The PA also provides opportunities for these musicians to experience small ensemble and large orchestra performing and, when the time comes, access to scholarships as many of them continue their music studies in college or in careers in music as performers or teachers. The PA serves over 400 of our youth each year and along with all things musical, also teaches them in many other behavioral and social areas helping to create a well-rounded student. I've watched the Artistic Director and the Executive Director work tirelessly with these young people to encourage them to be the best they can be and grow this organization as much as possible. While our schools are needing to drop so many programs in the arts.......it is filling a huge need while providing a fabulous cultural resource to the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Philharmonic Association after volunteering in various capacities during my son's participation in three of the Association's progressive orchestras during his development as a cellist.

The PA is the primary vehicle through which developing musicians in the Research Triangle area experience orchestral training at a high level, comparable to that of youth orchestras in larger metropolitan areas of the country. The Association is exceedingly well run by Hugh and Margaret Partridge. No young person who meets the audition standards is turned away for inability to pay the tuition (which is modest for all). Standards are high, as appropriate to the skill level of the orchestra, for every sponsored group. A number of the alumni of the PA have gone on to conservatory training, and are now playing professionally in major orchestras.

It is fitting that an area as culturally and educationally rich as the Research Triangle should have an association of youth orchestras of the caliber of the PA. Having served on nearly two dozen nonprofit boards (and having acted as legal counsel to many of them), including the board of the North Carolina Symphony, I can say without reservation that I am privileged to serve the PA as a board member.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the privilege to serve on the Board of this Association. I am also a Cellist and had the opportunity to be involved with Youth Orchestras here and abroad.This Association is unique as to its beneficial contribution at the highest artistic level to numerous young musicians whether they contemplate or not to become professional musicians. In fact several of our "graduates" are now young professionals. ILiving in a culture which ,unfortunately, is increasingly hostile to this classical formation this Association offers to these young people a unique opportunity. This whole community should be grateful for that .

Reginald DeMatteis

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has participated in Philharmonic Association programs since 2011. He has been involved in 4 different orchestras within the PA and each year has grown in his musicianship, technical skills, responsibility and love of music. Opportunities like this can not be provided without the huge commitment and sacrifice of its leadership who year after year continue to support the youth of this community.
There is room for every musician to participate regardless of skill level or ability to pay. Children find a community of other musicians who support and encourage them and life-long friendships are made. Young musicians get to experience what participation in a professional orchestra would be like.
I would thoroughly encourage any young area musicians to become involved in one of the many PA programs. The concerts are a wonderful capstone experience where the community can see our youth showcase their hard work and talent.
We are very lucky to have the Philharmonic Association in our area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Philharmonic Association is a true gift to the young musicians in our community. It offers so many different groups to participate in with fantastic, caring conductors. It truly raises the bar for musicianship for the participating musicians, and inspires and encourages them to do and be so much more than merely participating in a school music program. As the parent of several musicians, I know that most kids want to be able to perform, and the Philharmonic gives this opportunity to all its musicians.

1 Luc A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Philharmonic Association gives young musicians a fantastic opportunity to play challenging music in a full size orchestra at different levels of experience under guidance of accomplished professional. At every level they raise the bar and it is amazing to see the improvement the young musicians make in a single year. The performances are wonderful and getting to play in a beautiful venue like Memandy Hall is an amazing opportunity for the young musicians. The staff members ares extremely dedicated and are continuously looking for ways to broaden the participants horizon. If you live in the area go and listen to one of the upcoming performances, you will be blown away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Philharmonic Association is dedicated to giving young people of all ability levels the chance to experience high quality music programs they cannot get in any other way. They have high standards for the kids and for their staff and everyone rises to meet them. Nothing is dumbed down for these musicians—they are playing the best music under the best conductors.

My children have been involved in TYSO, TYO, TYS, and TYP and have truly loved working as a team with their peers. They enjoy rehearsals, but the absolute gem of the whole experience is getting to play in Meymandi Hall for their concerts! These opportunities are irreplaceable, and would not happen without the PA. We're so grateful to the Partridges and their staff for their continual work and sacrifice for the young people of this community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was in high school, the opportunity to be a member of an excellent youth orchestra came my way, and the experience has stayed with me all my life. So I happily accepted a Board nomination with the Philharmonic Association 3 years ago. The PA does so much MORE for young musicians than the organization I was a part of back in high school. They always seek to expand programs or create new ones to fill needs - needs which are many because our local school system cannot provide this kind of orchestral experience for young musicians. Currently, the PA sponsors 4 levels of orchestras and a jazz ensemble. I attended the top group's spring concert a few weeks ago and was amazed at the quality - if I closed my eyes I thought I was listening to a professional orchestra. And yet, the mission of the PA is not at all to exclusively train future professional musicians. The PA is more about creating the next audience for classical music, the next Board members, the next donors - in general, the next generation of those who appreciate classical music

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had been aware of the work the Philharmonic Association (PA) for years because of my own membership during my high school years in a youth orchestra. Only in the last few years, when I joined their Board of Directors, did I really come to understand the need this organization fills. Today schools are pushed to emphasize academic subject more and more. So often the arts are either minimized by only being offered as extracurricular activities or not offered at all. In our area, this is especially true for school orchestras. String programs have suffered cuts, and many school don't offer an orchestra experience at all.

The PA fills this void with not one, but four youth orchestras, geared to student ability, where young musicians learn and perform great orchestral works of the past and present. In addition, they sponsor a jazz ensemble that similarly allows exploration of the big band repertoire.

A unique aspect of the PA that is especially important to me is their emphasis on education. Many youth orchestras operate as pre-professional orchestras, with a primary mission of preparing their members for orchestral careers. The PA takes a broader view. Yes, a percentage of PA members do go on to become college music majors with plans for careers in music. But equally, if not more, important is their mission to create a lifelong love of and participation in music by the students. The PA creates career musicians, but also future parents who will foster a love of music in their children, future audience members, future community arts volunteers, future Board members, and future donors.

I'm very proud to be associated with them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gregg Gelb has done an outstanding job with the TYJE. He raises the bar to their performance, knowledge and creative problem solving. He has introduced a young singer to the group which has been an outstanding growth on the part of the students to patiently hear and tailor their style. This group makes corporate projects a breeze - because the kids are so different with different instruments including vocals- but must work together. It is deserving of a graduate thesis study. As public monies evaporate, this group needs to be known by all to provide that creative problem solving at the highest level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are newcomers to this wonderful organization and are thrilled to be part of it! This Group performs alot and has fun. They sound like professionals but he Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble recognizes that they still are still high school students. It is a nurturing and supportive environment for very talented musicians and students. Many of these students have numerous skills that make them "stand-outs" not only in this group but also at school, debate, Band, sports, youth choir and studies. Gregg Gelb does a wonderful job of encouraging the musicians overall musical talents while balancing these other academic and service attributes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Only the highest PRAISE for Margaret Partridge and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble! Our 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving was a terrific success and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Quartet had a significant role in making it so! The musicians were so professional and their musical selections were lively and fun. They really set the tone for an enjoyable evening. Working with Margaret was a dream come true- within 24 hours and in our time of need she coordinated and arranged for the Ensemble to play for us. We are absolutely delighted to have had the pleasure of working with this fine group!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hugh and Margaret Partridge are providing a very fine service to the Raleigh area with the Philharmonic Association and all the youth ensembles it sponsors. Having known and worked with the Partridges for many years, I have seen first-hand their dedication and commitment to the young musicians in our area. They are impacting in a very positive way the lives of hundreds of music students. As a professional musician, I am keenly aware of the importance of educating future generations to appreciate and support live classical music. The Philharmonic Association most assuredly deserves your continued support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having known the Partridge's for many years (30+) as friends and colleagues, I highly commend them for their outstanding contribution to music education in the Triangle area. As a violin student growing up in
southern California, I enjoyed many opportunities to play in youth orchestras and in orchestras for young professionals. Now, as a member of the North Carolina Symphony (35 years) and as a violin teacher, I can look back on my student years and realize the invaluable training and mentoring I received from giving and caring
educators.


All of which is to say that Hugh and Margaret Partridge are providing in the Raleigh area a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to come together in a very professional environment to learn the skills and discipline needed to play in an orchestra. Without the Philharmonic Association, this opportunity for our young musicians would not exist.

I have been directly associated with the Philharmonic Association as
a coach and as an audition adjudicator; also, some of my own private
students have played and are currently playing in Mr. Partridge's orchestras.

Demanding a lot from his players, Mr. Partridge gives them the awareness of what is required of a serious musician. The results
are seen and heard by the high quality of their performances. Some of my students who have played under Partridge have gone on to pursue
music as a profession; I am truly grateful for the experience and training they received.

Bravo to the Partridge's and the Philharmonic Association!

Eric McCracken, Violinist, North Carolina Symphony

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has been a member of one of the ensembles of the Philharmonic Association for the last seven years. It has been an exceptional experience from having friends with similar interests to learning advanced music in a quality environment. This is an organization that takes up all the slack that our education system cannot cover because funding for music and the arts have been cut so drastically in the last few years. It is extremely beneficial in giving a music education to the individuals that want to pursue music to those who love it but will be come professionals in other careers. The individuals who run the program (especially Mr. and Mrs. Partridge) are extremely dedicated to giving the best possible experience for all the participants and the performances. This program never turns away any musician due to the lack of the ability to pay the fee required to play. This is very honorable and enables many students to have this great education no matter what they can afford. This is something that we should all applaud and support. There are many wonderful volunteers and incredible conductors that help make the program successful. The PA is run well and very efficiently. Please support them by coming to a concert!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Philharmonic Association is located in Raleigh, NC, and it is an organization that has six musical ensembles. Three of the ensembles are youth symphonies, two are string orchestras, and the sixth is a jazz ensemble of high school aged youth. The five orchestra/symphony ensembles study and perform classical music. With music education being decreased for our children in the public school system, I see the PA (Philharmonic Association) as an ESSENTIAL part of our community. I can write forever on the benefit of musical studies for students of any age; it truly develops the mind and makes children smarter. Because of the multiple levels of the PA ensembles, all children have an opportunity to learn and study classical music in an orchestra setting. The PA does not discriminate in any way with respect to someone not being able to afford the cost of participation. The PA will find a way for someone who gets into an orchestra to be able to participate; they waive fees for those who cannot afford them. That is such an honorable and great commitment and needs support from all of us. The PA works with the North Carolina Symphony enabling ensembles to have two rehearsals with an NCS coach for each orchestral section. In addition, the three top ensembles perform at the same venue as the NC Symphony. This is a great way for the young musicians to see what it is like to perform in a professional orchestra setting. Playing in a musical ensemble is a team sport for many of the youth and a great way to meet, socialize, and develop friendships with others who have similar interests and are from all over the area. The concerts are a joy for the audience as well as those performing. Many of our community come to see these young musicians as a way of enjoying classical music. The PA nurtures classical music and the minds of our children. Lastly, there are many dedicated people behind the scenes of the PA. Some of which are the conductors who give hours of their time and commitment to provide the young musicians with the best experience possible. The Philharmonic Association helps young people to develop not only as musicians but as well-rounded individuals. This is an association that I strongly support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I've been a musician for over 40 years. Performing and composing. I feel that having this opportunity for these young adults cannot be under valued. Not only are they being exposed to classic compositions but compositions that I did not get a chance to learn until college. What a great thing. And for me the possibility that my son may decide to continue as a musician reinforces my desire to make these Sunday afternoon rehersals. Plus I get a free concert! Thanks for all you do.