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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Philharmonic Association of North Carolina is an organization that has been quietly serving the youth of the Triangle in NC (and many from outside the triangle as well) year after year for 30 years. Music direction comes from highly qualified professionals and music educators in the community who give their time and expertise for the love of children and future of music. Thanks to their dedicated effort, musicians play in "youth "orchestras but the quality is well beyond their age with a maturity that would sit well in a professional orchestra. Children not only develop musical skills and hone their mental abilities through it, they also develop a deep sense of responsibility and communal belonging that will certainly help secure the future of our country. Recognizing this for what it is - a rare opportunity not available for most communities - parents and well-wishers chip in with their time to help out with the running of the the organization. Professional musicians participate in training sessions and coaching classes. For those who believe in Arts and its value in shaping the future of the world, organizations like the PA is godsend.
Personally, my story begins about 6 years back when my daughter who was then a beginner at violin joined the Triangle Youth Orchestra. She loved music but her activities with it was confined to lessons and perhaps a few minutes of practice each day. Almost from the first day she was in TYO, I noticed a change in here. She comes back from weekly orchestral practice eyes sparkling, full of stories of who-said-what, the jokes made by the conductor, and so on. She'd look forward to the 2.5hours of Tuesday evenings with an enthusiasm that was catching. She has graduated to higher orchestras in the organization now and has come a long way as a musician but the sparkle in the eyes and the enthusiasm are just the same as the first day she went to orchestra practice 6 years back. Other problems in her (teenage) life melt away and she gets back from her orchestra fully-recharged. The effect of PA and music are very evident in her school work, her social skills, her positive attitude to life etc. Now my son also is part of PA!
Please encourage PA and other Arts oriented volunteer organizations of exceptional class.
For the past 8 years, we have served as volunteers with the Philharmonic Association youth orchestras. The PA is a well organized group of orchestras available to the youth of the Triangle area as well as other interested young musicians throughout North Carolina. There are several orchestras that allow students of all levels of accomplishment to perform together and develop musically. As an added bonus, they perform each fall and spring in the beautiful Meymandi concert hall, just like the pros! Over the years we have watched the students grow in confidence and ability from this challenging and nurturing environment. The Philharmonic Association is one of the great musical treasures available to the students of North Carolina.
I am a musician in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. I have been part of the organization since i was in 4th grade (around 7 years ago). I remember the first time I played in the Triangle Youth Orchestra and how in awe I was of all the big musicians and how nice everything sounded and how much fun it all was! That part hasn't changed at all. I am fifteen now, and I look forward to all my rehearsals and performances just as I did as an 8 year old. The Philharmonic Association is a wonderfully run program with top music teachers and conductors all going out of their way to support the ensemble to the best of their abilities and helping young musicians like myself be the best that they can possibly be. It has been a huge part of my life and training as a musician. We play very high quality, challenging music (such as the Planets by Holst, Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, and many more...) and I don't feel like I am exaggerating when I say that it must be one of the top youth programs in the country. If you have not heard us play, I would highly suggest you change that ASAP.
I'm a violist with the Triangle Youth Philharmonic, a branch of the Philharmonic Association. I began with the Triangle Youth Symphony, another branch, and have worked my way up from there. This organization has made me grow as a musician more than any other musical experience that I have ever taken part of. After joining for my first semester back in 2009, my love for music along with my personal musicianship grew tremendously. The opportunity has truly changed my life.
I have been involved with the Philharmonic Association for nine years. Both my children are musicians and have had the excellent experience of sitting in the orchestras and playing beautiful music. Because of my children's involvement I have volunteered in many different ways for the Philharmonic Association. One of the most rewarding volunteer jobs I have taken on is helping out at auditions. If you have never auditioned, you would be amazed at how stressful this process can be. The Philharmonic Association is aware of this and tries to make the audition experience positive for all children. It starts with information that Mr. Partridge (conductor of TYP) has written that goes out to the musicians on how to audition. The musicians know what is expected from them and what to expect once they arrive at the audition. The association goes to great lengths to assign days and times of auditions so the musicians are not sitting waiting their turn. The auditions are blind, this makes the auditions as fair as possible. The musicians are each assigned to an adult volunteer who walks them to their audition room and answers any questions that come up and then walks them back to their parent. My children have felt having an adult with them takes some of the pressure off and is reassuring having someone to answer questions and make sure all goes smoothly.
The Philharmonic Association has given my children a love for symphonic music they could not have gotten any where else in Wake County. One of my joys is when hearing a piece on the radio and one of my children says, “I’ve played that”. It is something they will always have with them and I can't thank Philharmonic Association enough!
I honestly don't know where we would be without the Philharmonic Association. My daughter is at a small private school that does not have a high school band. Yet, she thoroughly enjoys playing the flute and wanted to be part of some type of band/orchestra. Somewhat miraculously she auditioned and made the Triangle Youth Orchestra (TYO) in the Philharmonic Assoc. She absolutely loves everything about it. . . the director, the other kids, the music, everything. If it wasn't for this orchestra, she probably would not be playing the flute because of the school she attends. Yet, she has learned so much through TYO and has been exposed to quality music/musicians that she would otherwise not be around. TYO is a top-notch organization in every aspect and we are eternally grateful for it.