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Eric McCracken

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Review for Philharmonic Association Inc, Raleigh, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field

Review for Philharmonic Association Inc, Raleigh, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The opportunity my violin students have had to learn orchestral skills, the symphonic repertoire, and the satisfaction of playing in an ensemble of high quality.

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

Ask that more time be given for students to prepare for the auditions.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Served as coach for sectional rehearsals, and as an adjudicator.