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Triangle Youth Philharmonic (2012)

Overview of Participation

The Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP) is the youth orchestra of the North Carolina Symphony. Its mission is to provide a stimulating atmosphere in which advanced young musicians from throughout the region can further their musical skills in a full-orchestra setting by working with professional musicians and performing great classical music.

Triangle Youth Philharmonic concerts typically include performances of complete, original works from the symphonic repertoire.

Membership is by audition held before the season in late August.

TYP Artistic Staff

Hugh Partridge, Artistic Director, Triangle Youth Philharmonic Conductor

Hugh Partridge:
Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Association
and Triangle Youth Philharmonic Conductor.

Rashad Hayward, Associate Conductor, Triangle Youth Philharmonic.

Rashad Hayward:
Triangle Youth Philharmonic Associate Conductor.
(Photo courtesy of Doug Kadan.)

Hugh Partridge brings a unique combination of experience and talents to the Philharmonic Association and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. Upon graduation from Indiana University, he won the position of Principal Violist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and joined the faculty of Butler University.

His appointment as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Wichita State University brought new opportunities to work closely with aspiring young musicians. Along with his duties at the university, which included developing a large viola class, he created the internationally recognized Viola Collective and worked closely with the Wichita Symphony and its highly successful youth orchestra program.

Coming to North Carolina to fill the position of Principal Violist with the North Carolina Symphony, Mr. Partridge brought his professional experience and love of working with young people to the Symphony's already acclaimed educational program.

His teaching on the college level has continued as a faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For over 20 years he has conducted Youth Orchestras in this area and has served as Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Association and conductor of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic since its inception in 1988.

Raleigh Arts Commission Medal of Arts

In 2003, Hugh Partridge was a recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in recognition of his "extraordinary achievement in the Arts".

Hugh Partridge receiving the 2005 Maxine Swalin Outstanding Music Educator Award.

Mr. Partridge was awarded the 2005 Maxine Swalin Outstanding Music Educator Award in recognition of his service to the community as a role model in music education, instilling a love for music in children and inspiring students to reach appropriately high musical standards.

Rashad Denzell Hayward is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. An alumnus of both the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and Triangle Youth Symphony, Mr. Hayward distinguished himself by being selected first chair for four consecutive years in county, district and state level auditions.

Mr. Hayward was awarded the Semper Fidelis award from the Marine Band Youth Association as a Performing Artist and Outstanding Musician. He also won the Durham Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Omega Psi Phi Talent Search.

Mr. Hayward has studied with William Henry Curry, the Associate Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, and he has had experience working with young string players as the Beethoven Ensemble Conductor for Kidznotes since 2013, the Philharmonic Association Intern Conductor 2013 - 2014, and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic Assistant Conductor 2014 - 2015. As a visiting conductor for both TYSO and Sinfonia rehearsals, Mr. Hayward utilizes his keen knowledge of orchestral repertoire to create rehearsals that are effective, challenging, and engaging.