My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Philharmonic Association Inc, Raleigh, NC, USA
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."