Triangle Youth Symphony

Auditions for the full orchestras have occurred. TYS has openings for bass and percussion.
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Triangle Youth Symphony (2012)

Overview of Participation

The Triangle Youth Symphony is for young musicians to expand their musical skills. Its mission is to provide a stimulating atmosphere for its members to develop musical skills in a full-orchestra setting by working with professional musicians and performing great classical music. Playing ability and balance of instrumentation are the determining factors in the selection of members.

Triangle Youth Symphony concerts typically include performances of occaisional arrangements and selections from original works in the standard symphonic repertoire such as Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, Copland, Dvořák, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner.

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

Triangle Youth Symphony Artistic Staff

McCrae Hardy, Conductor, Triangle Youth Symphony

McCrae Hardy: Triangle Youth Symphony Conductor.

Gina Ali, Strings Coach, Triangle Youth Symphony.

Gina Ali: Triangle Youth Symphony Strings Coach.

McCrae Hardy was the founding Music Director of the North Carolina Theatre, conducting ninety productions from 1984 to 2005. He also was the Music Director of the outdoor drama Unto These Hills for three decades, and more than three million patrons heard his orchestration of the music score.

A graduate of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Mr. Hardy has been in great demand as collaborator and conductor of musical productions around the country, including: Patsy, touring nationally in a tribute to the legendary Patsy Cline; the Duke Children's Classic, with such stars as Perry Como and Tony Bennett; and fifteen seasons as Music Director of the Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera company in productions of A Musical Christmas Carol.

Maestro Hardy has led other productions in Toronto, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Branson. Mr. Hardy is a frequent contributor of special orchestrations for the North Carolina Symphony and has appeared as Guest Conductor on several occasions. In 1994, McCrae Hardy was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts for his "extraordinary achievement" in the arts.

Gina Ali, born in North Carolina, started playing violin at a very young age. Her love for music grew throughout her youth as she participated in many of the local youth orchestras, including our own Triangle Youth Philharmonic. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from Meredith College, with an emphasis in Music Education.

She spent ten years teaching strings in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started the Mission Attendance Area String Program in Fremont, California, and was the Lower School Director or Music and Strings at Redwood Day School in Oakland, California.

She has since returned to teach for Wake County Public Schools. Gina Ali served as the orchestra director at Hunter Elementary in Raleigh. Currently, she is teaching at Stough Elementary in Raleigh.

Over the years Gina has enjoying playing with several chamber groups, as well as the Appalachian Symphony, the Raleigh Civic Symphony, the Oakland Civic Orchestra and the San Francisco Sinfonietta.