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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
I am a professional violinist working with the North Carolina Symphony. Over the past years I have had a number of students who have participated in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic orchestra. Each student has grown tremendously as a musician while working with the group and Mr. Partridge, the conductor of the orchestra. Mr. Partridge is very strict with the students yet brings to them the enjoyment of the music. He shows them what a professional orchestra is capable of doing and his results are wonderful. The music the students get to work on is of the highest level and the performances are truly surprising. I have had some students come into a lesson feeling discouraged over the difficulty of a given passage in a piece of music. After much hard work, and when it all comes together at the performance, these students are thrilled at what they can accomplish. This is another "tiny" step in creating a future professional musician. I truly believe the Philharmonic Association and Mr. Partridge are a great asset to the area and are leading the way in helping many young people to enjoy classical music.
The Philharmonic Association is where talented and motivated young players in the Raleigh area get orchestral training and I have enjoyed watching and listening as the musicians work their way up through the different level orchestras and often go on to pursue music. The Philharmonic has worked to create a partnership with the North Carolina Symphony, and the young orchestras often work on repertoire which they hear the North Carolina Symphony perform - a great idea pedagogically as well as a wonderful way to get young people excited about not only playing music but listening to music. I enjoy the Honors recitals, concerto opportunities and occasional chamber music the PA provides for its students.
The Philharmonic Association inc. is a stellar resource for North Carolina youth seeking symphonic experience. The training provided local students provides for a wide range of abilities and experience. The level of talent and technical ability in the Philharmonic youth orchestras is very impressive. The Association pulls in all resources available to augment their students experience and education. As one of the Concertmasters of the North Carolina Symphony and an instructor of violin, I have been privileged to witness and help guide the development of the Philharmonic students. Each year as I preside over auditions and guide sectionals for the Philharmonic orchestras, I am respectfully impressed by the advancement in the ability of the students. This is due to the quality of training and the demands for excellence made of the students by the The Philharmonic Association. As a result, the Philharmonic Association, inc. has earned recognition as the preeminent source for developing musicians to experience and achieve excellence in symphonic education. This is an endeavor I am proud to participate in.
My daughter was a member of the Philharmonic Association for two years and the experience played an important part in furthering her abilities as a violist and musician. Participating provided her with ample opportunities for musical growth and leadership, as well as the establishment of wonderful friendships.
One aspect of the program I found particularly rewarding for my daughter, was the high level of expectations assumed by the organization and staff. So often we expect so little of young people who are really capable of so much. The Philharmonic Association sees things differently. They know and expect their participants to give their very best. The organization provides an environment that fosters and allows the participants to reach continually towards their fullest potential as well as provide pathways for future growth and opportunity.
Here are a few specifics. The music practiced and performed is always of the highest quality. The musicians perform complete symphonies by major composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, as well as many other classical works such as overtures and concertos. The music covers a wide range from the 18th century right up to works written by living composers specifically for the Philharmonic Association performers.
The rehearsals focus on the details and nuances of musical performance such that the young musicians learn how to improve their playing and how to practice a piece of music. This even includes exposure to historic music performance practices when performing music of the 18th century.
Additionally, the players have opportunities to work with professional musicians of the highest caliber through association with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, including its conductor, Grant Llewellyn.
Furthermore, the participants can develop their musical skills outside the orchestral ensembles through chamber groups, a concerto competition, and recitals featuring the young musicians involved with the organization.
If you are thinking of participating, I would unreservedly recommend the Philharmonic Association. On top of all the wonderful musical opportunities, cost is also a consideration. When my daughter participated I considered the fee for participation more then reasonable. However, the organization's policy is such that no participant is turned away due to in ability to afford the cost. I am convinced that young musicians and their musical growth is at the heart of everything the Philharmonic Association does.