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.
Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of being involved with the Philharmonic Association, my daughter (age 10) having joined the Triangle Youth Orchestra as a violinist. I have been involved in many organizations over the years, but I must say that the Philharmonic Association is exceptional in all aspect. I have seen the dedication and passion exhibited by the leaders of the Association. I have also seen the pursuit for excellence in all that they do. The expectations for the students are high, but the yield is remarkable. Speaking from personal experience, I have seen my daughter flourish in her music since being involved with the Philharmonic Association. This is certainly an organization worthy of the title "Great Nonprofit".
I am a professional musician and teacher in the Raleigh/ Triangle area of NC. I have been playing and teaching here since 1975. Since the Philharmonic Association came into being I have seen the level of playing among our young musicians rise to a new and higher level than ever before. My students who have participated have grown so much from their experiences, both musically and in how to function in a group situation, and have produced performances that are both polished and exciting. The skills that they learn through music will help them to succeed in all of their personal and professional endeavors later in life. And the best part of the Philharmonic Association's program is that they offer these wonderful challenges and benefits to students of a wide range of ages and previous experience! The triangle area is very fortunate to have this organization!
When you enter the symphony hall to encounter over 100 talented musicians in attention for the maestro to enter and take up the baton, the mere sight is exhilarating and majestic. Then you sit down and listen to the product. You find the music is mature, the sound, vibrant, exact and approaching virtuosity. There are passages of no matter which composer they are playing that are transforming and transcendent. They sound like they are reaching up and touching the hem of God’s toga…
Love and Joy to All
I am lucky that I get to have a special relationship to the Philharmonic Association. I'm a current member of the board of directors, but 12 years ago, I was playing violin in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP).
I was blessed to have such an incredible outlet for music when I was in high school. In the orchestra, we played high-level and classic works, and performed original pieces by local composers. We learned from members of the N.C. Symphony, and were directed by the talented Hugh Partridge.
But TYP meant a lot more to me than just pretty music. There I met some of my best friends, and had a magnificent time performing in places like the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
I joined the board because I believe in the organization and I wanted to make sure that other young musicians have the same life-changing experiences that TYP gave to me.
The Philharmonic Association has grown since my time in the orchestra thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff. Now, even more kids are able to make beautiful music to share with our community.
I first heard about the Philharmonic Association one year ago, while I was a junior in high school. I was currently enrolled in the Beginning Strings class of Cary High School, taught by Ms. Partridge. She let me and my sister (who was also a beginner at the time) know about TYSO, which she thought would be great for us to participate in. She was certainly right! It was one of the best experiences of my life as a new string player. The conductors were all so nice and giving, and the children seemed very eager and excited to play. It was my first time playing with an actual orchestra besides my little Beginning Strings orchestra.
Later the following year, while I progressed with my bass, Ms. Partridge thought my sister and I were ready for TYS, which is one level below the highest, TYP. Not even having a year's experience with bass, I was both thrilled and terrified! It was my very first audition, and - like any other self-conscious player - I thought I did terribly and cried the whole way home! But just a few weeks later, I found out that those tears were unnecessary, because I received the news that I was first chair bassist! Co-Principal chair! This has been the greatest accomplishment I've ever achieved. I couldn't have been more thrilled.
I met great players, and was amazed at everyone's abilities. Playing beautiful pieces of music with a room full of other eager musicians was very exciting, and it has been the greatest musical experience of my life. I'm so grateful to PA that they offer this to young musicians. Without them, I wouldn't have gotten where I am today (which is still Co-Principal bassist for TYS)!
I'm in my third year participating in the Philharmonic Association's youth orchestras. I've been playing violin since I was 4 and my private teacher encouraged me to try out for the orchestra because I had never played in that type of environment before. The first year I tried out, I was surprised that I was accepted as a Violin II in the Triangle Youth Orchestra. Then I became nervous that I would mess up in front of the whole orchestra at rehearsals. I wasn't really good at reading music then. During that year, I felt more and more comfortable in reading music and learned many other skills that are needed if you are in an orchestra.
The second year I tried out for the Triangle Youth Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Symphony. I was ecstatic when I received a call from my conductor telling me that I was accepted into both orchestras. I had to choose between being the Concertmaster of the Triangle Youth Orchestra or move up to the Triangle Youth Symphony. I never thought I would choose to take on the responsibility of a leadership position. But surprisingly, I immediately agreed to be Concertmaster. During that year, I learned how important the role is, how many people depend on you to keep the orchestra together. The skills that I learned in the first year of orchestra helped prepare me to carry out my leadership role successfully.
This year I moved up to the Triangle Youth Symphony as a Violin I. The music is more challenging, more exciting and it is definitely making me a better musician. My experience over the past few years has taught me to respect the Conductors and principals as well as the other musicians.
My daughter is now in her 3rd year with the orchestra. Since the arts are often the first thing that schools cut from their curriculum, it was her first opportunity to participate in ANY orchestra. And it's been a remarkable experience for her! She loves playing with so many different instruments in a large group of kids. It was the first time she had ever seen some of the instruments! I've watched her grow in skill and self-confidence over the past few years. I don't think she would have grown as much without the Philharmonic Association.
As a parent volunteer, I have enjoyed getting to know the students, their families, other parent volunteers, board members and the artistic staff. The Philharmonic Association is a well-run organization. I have found that the people involved have a passion for music and the desire to share it with the children in our community.
This is deffinetly a great way for kids to not only learn to read music, but to experience the fun of learning and being with friends. I have been in the orchestra for 3 years, and have deffinetely enjoyed playing in a professional orchestra. Triangle Youth Philarmonic is a must for kids just learning or want to learn how to read music from different eras.
I am an alumnus of the Triangle Youth Symphony (98-02) and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic (02-04). When I first started playing the violin, I did not have the opportunity to play in an orchestra because my middle school did not have a strings program (the case for many students in the Triangle area). The PA was the only place I could play the violin with other students, and I absolutely loved it. It gave me a place to play challenging symphonic music, a chance to make friends from other schools, and taught me how to be a consistent member of an ensemble. I am currently beginning my musical career as a musician in a professional orchestra, and I find myself coming back to the many lessons (both musical and personal) that I learned as a student in the PA. I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to be a musician in this organization, and look forward to hearing more about its growth and success!
My family has been with Philharmonic Association for the past seven years. Our teenage daughter recently remarked to us "Thank you for making me stick with violin all these years; it now defines who I am and I am glad to be a musician." Clearly, the PA played a great part in helping her grow, by challenging her and giving her an opportunity to be part of something big. What used to be a reason to get together with other children is now an opportunity to play great classical music and to feel good about her abilities. The musical skills that she has acquired with PA, and the ability to collaborate in making music, will stay with her for the rest of her life -- a true gift for any child.
The Philharmonic Association has been a very positive experience for my entire family. In an area where school orchestras are being eliminated, it has been very important to have an organization where children can participate in playing fine music.
The staff is dedicated and far exceed expectations on every level. Our child, who is now a young adult, brings many lessons she has learned from the PA to her job in a professional symphony. She often tells me that she feels like one of her conductors from the PA is sitting on her shoulder whispering in her ear.
Our family has made life time friends and has developed an appreciation for classical music. We still attend concerts even though our child graduated long ago. We believe the Philharmonic Association is a top-notch organization and vital to our community.
I am a high school clarinetist in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. I do not have an orchestra at my school, but the Philharmonic Association has by far made up for that! I get the oppurtunity to meet and perform with other dedicated musicians. By having multiple orchestras, you are placed in the orchestra adequate for your playing ability. The orchestras above you inspire you to grow in your musicianship so that you can place into a more advanced ensemble. The Philharmonic Association provides wonderful repetoire for their orchestras that challenge us but are within our ability to perform. They also provide sectionals with actual members of the North Carolina Symphony! These musicians provide personal attention, kindly offering their expertise. The rehearsals are fun, but the icing on the cake is the oppurtunity to present our hard work to the public in Meymandi Concert Hall!
I am a young oboist who has participated in a Philharmonic Association youth ensemble for the past 5 years. I have enjoyed my experience in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic because we get so many opportunities to play so many great, well-known classical works. Some of my favorites have been Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, Holst’s The Planets, and the Barber Violin Concerto. I have played in many youth wind ensembles throughout my high school career but the Triangle Youth Philharmonic is the only youth group nearby that includes an entire symphony orchestra. The experience of being a woodwind player in such a large ensemble of strings is not matched by any wind ensemble. The opportunities I have had to grow as a musician are innumerable in TYP. It really is an amazing, unforgettable experience to be a part of such an ensemble.
The association does a very good job of organizing dedicated staff and volunteers, selecting glorious music, and giving spectacular concerts that give the 300 plus student musicians who participate in the various ensembles musical opportunities not found elsewhere in this area.
In addition, my experiences in the audition process and the ensemble have helped to prepare me for college auditions. And probably most importantly, I have gained a love of classical music that will last a lifetime.
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
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.
The Philharmonic Association has been a blessing to us for a few years now. We have a gifted musician that was needing a place to hone his talent and grow as a musician. The PA has provided technically challenging music, sectional teaching from NC symphony musicians, chamber group opportunities, solo performance opportunities and of course training as a symphonic musician. Also, the opportunity for our son to associate with other gifted musicians has given him an environment where he feels connected. He has peers in the PA that he can relate to. The value of training these young musicians receive far exceeds the dollar investment. Hugh Partridge does a great job preparing these young musicians for a future career in music if they so choose. If you've never been to one of their concerts, you need to go...you'll be amazed!
My move to North Carolina from California came along with a professional change from the public to the private sector. I've seen, first hand, the challenges to Arts Education during tough economic times while watching California schools respond to the economic fallout of the dot.com crash at the turn of the century.
Here in North Carolina I became a supporter of the Philharmonic Association because of it's history supporting and strengthening the quality of arts education here in the Triangle. In addition to creating appreciation for the Arts, Music and The Arts education fosters a culture of creativity and innovation that will help the US compete more effectively in the competitive global economy.
Two of the current focus areas of the PA are 1) to respond to recent budget cuts to Strings programs in the Wake County Schools, and 2) to identify permanent performing and rehearsal space for the youth orchestras.
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.
The Triangle Youth Orchestras are a vital part for our youth to experience hard work, performing and the exposure to Classical and Symphonic music. Many of my students have enjoyed being in the three different orchestras and jazz band. It also gives the youth a sociable environment outside of school and insulated computer time. The experience for each will have an impact on their future in a positive way.
It is a well run organization and invaluable to our culture here in North Carolina.