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PA’s Got Talent Returns!

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Written by PA Intern Samantha Marsans.  Have you ever wanted to feel like a judge on America’s Got Talent or The Voice? Well, now's your chance to do so through PA’s Got Talent! Part talent show, part fundraiser, this semi-annual event hosted by the Philharmonic Association guarantees an exciting time. PA musicians in grades 4-12 have submitted videos that showcase their musical abilities which YOU can then vote on. This way we can support our budding musicians, while ensuring that PA can continue to educate the next generation of performers.  Want to be a part of the action? Here’s what

String Orchestras Perform at Cary Arts Center

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Written by PA Interns Steven Ji and Kimberly Berry. This past Sunday, November 14, musicians of Triangle Youth String Orchestra (TYSO) and Triangle Youth String Sinfonia (TYSS) had a splendid performance at the Cary Arts Center.  Triangle Youth String Orchestra, with Myriah Luke as the conductor and Meaghan Clayton as the Assistant Conductor, started off the afternoon. Will, a TYSO violinist, introduced the first piece of the concert, “Conquistador” by Deborah Baker Monday, which was also their most challenging piece. TYSO then performed “Polovetzian Dance” by Alexander Borodin, “Minuet” by Leopold Mozart (arranged by Keegan Clayton, a TYSO musician) and

PA Jazz Ensembles Perform

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Written by PA Interns Zeb Jewell-Alibhai and Aditya Sharma.  On Sunday, November 7, the Philharmonic Association’s Jazz Ensembles had their 2021 Fall Concert at Cary Arts Center. The exciting concert exhibited loads of vibrant music from each band, and was followed up by a Jazz Workshop given by Trombonist Michael Dease.  Triangle Youth Jazz Band, conducted by Kobie Watkins, played Blue ‘N’ Moody by Michael Sweeney, Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Freddie Mercury, and Blue Rain by Chris Gordon. Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by Lisa Burn, played So Easy by Tadd Dameron, Thing Ain’t What the Used to

USC Premiers an Original Composition

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Written by PA Intern Rachitha Avatapally. The United Strings of Color produced a stunning performance Saturday, October 16 at The North Carolina Museum of Art. The United Strings of Color, coached by former Philharmonic Association Executive Director Margaret Partridge, was initially started in the Fall of 2018 to address the racial disparity in classical music. The group often performs community outreach while delving into societal issues and music. In their first year, the United Strings of Color performed music written by under-represented composers, specifically women. In their second year, they dove into music with connections to African culture and more

PA Musician Attends Monterey Jazz Festival

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Written by PA Interns Callista Holleschak and Aditya Sharma. The chronicle of Zebedee Jewell-Alibhai’s journey as a Jazz musician continued as he traveled from the East to West Coast to play with a group of talented Jazz musicians in the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California in September. During the music festival Zeb was able to meet and play with professional Jazz musicians, expand his musical knowledge through rigorous master classes, and share his love of saxophone by performing for the community. Zeb spent five days in the Bay area enjoying the cool weather and playing with his Jazz band

United Strings of Color to perform at NCMA

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The PA's United Strings of Color quartet will premier "Ijapa and Mr. Igbin" by Elmer Gibson this Saturday, October 16 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The performance will feature narration by Henry O. Lovett and original artwork by Poe Elementary School students. Performances will take place at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. We hope you can join us! Use the links below to register for tickets to this free event: 1:00 performance 3:00 performance Image design credit - High School Interns Samantha Marsans, Gloria Radford, and Zeb Jewell-Alibhai. 

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.

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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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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

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

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