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Review for Philharmonic Association Inc, Raleigh, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am always amazed when I go to Philharmonic concerts and see children from fourth grade through twelfth grade playing such challenging repertoire. The quality of musicianship that is seen on stage is outstanding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Philharmonic Association has always rehearsed in the public schools in Wake County. The change that would impact the children the most would be their own practice space. This would give the PA more flexibility in scheduling rehearsals, it would also make it possible for the PA to own all the percussion instruments needed to create symphonic music.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

As with most volunteer experiences, more volunteers would be helpful.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met many parents who children had the same interest level in symphonic music as mine. Through them much information is past on about different activities that would interest musicians

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I have not only helped with auditions, I have been a co-ordinator of TYS. I have sold concert tickets and merchandise and have helped with pizza parties. .