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 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!
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!
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 am a general member of the public now, but for 3 years my son was a participant in this youth orchestra...and he had an incredible experience. The dedicated staff there was extremely diligent and hard working, despite a very tight budget. My son was able to work with members of the NC Symphony in small group sessions, and then had the experience of playing in Meymandi Hall, the exact same venue the Symphony uses for their concerts. I remember being moved to tears the first time I sat in that facility listening to those kids play - I really couldn't believe they were all high school, or younger. As a parent providing transportation to practices, I actually sat in on a lot of them, and the quality of the instruction was first class. Just yesterday, my son called to inform me he was awarded the full scholarship available at UNC Pembroke for non music majors. The professors there praised his playing, and said they had never had a bassoonist of his caliber at the school - ever. I know for a fact that this is in large part due to the high level of professionalism that the Philharmonic Association operates with, and demands of these kids. This is an extraordinary, and I am sure just about one of a kind organization.