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End of Season Recap

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After a series of amazing spring concerts, our 2021-22 season has come to a close. We are so proud of each and every musician in our ensembles and all of their hard work! Enjoy photos below of this year's jazz bands, full orchestras, and string orchestras, and give all these talented musicians a round of applause.

Congrats to Our 2022 Seniors!

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It is a proud occasion every year when we get to honor the graduating seniors in the Philharmonic Association.  We commend our 2022 graduates for their hard work, creativity, and talent and look forward to seeing where this next year of their lives will take them. To see where our 2022 seniors will be attending college and what they are planning to study, enjoy this slideshow. We are excited every year by the great variety of schools and majors our musicians decide upon.  This year, we have musicians majoring in everything from jazz studies to geoscience to creative writing, and

Side-by-side with NC Symphony

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This past season, we were beyond excited to bring back one of TYP's favorite traditions: a side-by-side rehearsal with the North Carolina Symphony! Members of TYP had the honor of participating in a rehearsal of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony led by Grant Llewellyn. Thanks to the North Carolina Symphony and staff for providing this wonderful opportunity for our musicians!

TYJE accepted into Essentially Ellington!

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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is going to NYC!! They have been chosen as one of the top 15 jazz bands in the country and will be competing in the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival this May. Congratulations to all of our TYJE musicians, families and to Dr. Gelb and our Triangle Youth Jazz artistic staff. Watch the official announcement below.    You can hear these amazing students perform at the Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex on Saturday, March 12th at 7 PM. Support Triangle Youth Jazz and get your tickets here.

USC Performs at Cultural Celebration

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Written by PA Intern Gloria Radford.  On Saturday, January 29th the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission kicked off Black History Month with their 21st annual African American Cultural Celebration. This year’s theme was “Black People, Green Planet: Environmental Justice”. The event consisted of six series with many inspirational and informational presentations. Our United Strings of Color Quartet (consisting of Lexi Etienne, CT Thomas, Tayla Murphy, Sterling Elliott, and Tristen Johnson) had the opportunity to perform as part of the Music, Movement, and Drama Series. The USC performed Ijapa and Mr.Igbin, a meaningful

Partnership with Alexandra Arrington

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The Philharmonic Association is excited to announce our partnership with Alexandra Arrington Consulting. Over the next several months, Alexandra and her team will be helping the Philharmonic Association explore ways to increase the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of our organization. We are excited to learn more, and seek to increase awareness and application of DEI to better serve the NC Triangle community. To learn more about Alexandra Arrington Consulting, please visit AlexandraArrington.com.

Expanding the Horizons of Young Musicians

The mission of the Philharmonic Association is to educate the next generation in great classical and jazz music through ensemble performance, while encouraging appreciation, community participation, and support of these activities.

Triangle Youth Philharmonic

Triangle Youth Philharmonic

The Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP) is the youth orchestra of the North Carolina Symphony.

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Triangle Youth Symphony

Triangle Youth Symphony

The Triangle Youth Symphony is for young musicians to expand their musical skills.

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Triangle Youth Orchestra

Triangle Youth Orchestra

The Triangle Youth Orchestra is for young intermediate musicians with limited experience.

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Triangle Youth String Sinfonia

Triangle Youth String Sinfonia

The Triangle Youth String Sinfonia is open to string musicians in grades 7 to 12 who are able…

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Triangle Youth String Orchestra

Triangle Youth String Orchestra

The Triangle Youth String Orchestra provides engaging musical experiences for students who…

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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) is now based in Raleigh under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb.

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Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra

Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra

TYJO is an advanced, mostly high school ensemble, directed by Lisa Burn.

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Triangle Youth Jazz Band

Triangle Youth Jazz Band

The Triangle Youth Jazz Band (TYJB) is an intermediate level ensemble, typically comprised…

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Triangle Youth Jazz Lab

Triangle Youth Jazz Lab

Triangle Youth Jazz Lab provides beginning jazz ensemble training with the goal of eventual transition to the Triangle Youth Jazz Band or Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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Brass Chamber Ensembles

Brass Chamber Ensembles

The Philharmonic Association has a history of brass ensembles that have complimented…

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String Chamber Ensembles

String Chamber Ensembles

Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet performed repertoire for two violins, viola, and cello.

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Woodwind Ensembles

Woodwind Ensembles

Triangle Youth Philharmonic Wind Quintet performs repertoire for clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, and bassoon.

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Here’s What Our Reviewers Say

The best of the area’s young musicians, participants in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the Triangle Youth Symphony…

Christina Nfong, News and Observer

There are lots of reasons to support the youth orchestras of the Philharmonic Association. The most important is that they give first-rate performances. A close second is that the young musicians of TYP, TYS and TYO are the classical musicians of the future, the pros, semi-pros, and amateurs who will continue to maintain the classical tradition……they comprise the cream of the crop. This is not little league; they play hardball, and they play it well.

Elizabeth and Joe Kahn , The Independent
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[TYP and TYS] do much more than train musicians. They teach a lifelong appreciation and love of music. One alum recently submitted a piece for the Philharmonic Association News entitled: “Music Keeps Me Sane.” Playing with TYP taught her commitment and about setting standards.

Carrie Knowles, The Triangle Lifestyle Magazine
CVNC

There’s hope for our collective musical future, thanks to the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and similar ensembles. The 250 or so young artists involved in the PA’s programs merit our attention and support.  Their love of music and delight in the teamwork required to create it was evident in every measure.

John W. Lambert , Classical Voice of North Carolina

Meet Our Supporters

The Philharmonic Association wishes to thank and acknowledge the following organizations and corporations for their funding support.