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Thank You but Keep Going!

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The Philharmonic Association would like to thank PA families and friends for participating in this year's fundraiser. We have received nothing but positive feedback about the event. The endless buffet of international foods was delicious, the music wonderful, and the setting of Temple Beth Or perfect for such a large and celebratory gathering. We can confidently say that one of two of our goals was accomplished--this fundraiser helped bring together, and continue to build, our PA community! This incredible event would not have been possible without the help of countless volunteers. PA families and friends readily signed up to volunteer.

A Performance of Two Fairytales

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A triumph of creative collaboration, spearheaded by the Philharmonic Association, is coming to the Cary Arts Center next month. Tickets are available for this event March 24 at 3:00 through Etix. An instrument petting zoo will be offered in the lobby at 2:15 pm. The "Triumph of Rapunzel and the Nanny Goat" will recreate two Grimm's fairytales using original music by R. Michael Daugherty played by Philharmonic Association chamber ensembles with student narrators, and a backdrop of charming art by grade-school students. With melodies depicting each character, the PA String Quartet (members Ethan Ng, Avery Seiger, Esther Zhu and Stephen

TYJE – Going to NYC Again

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For a stunning fourth year in a row, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) has the distinction of being among the 15 jazz big bands selected nationally to attend the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival taking place at the Jazz at Lincoln Center home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 9 through 11, 2019. TYJE is among 112 high school jazz bands across North America that entered the competition by submitting recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at the Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington library. Further, the selection is limited to three

TYJE & TYJO Attend Regional Ellington Fest!

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The Philharmonic Association is proud to announce that once again, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and the Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra will be performing at the Regional Essentially Ellington Festival. The purpose of this festival is to give high school jazz bands of all levels the experience of performing the music of the great composer Duke Ellington and other notable big band composers. The festival is an educational experience and all participating jazz bands will receive feedback from distinguished jazz professionals. This year, adjudicators include Bryan Carter, James Burton III, and Dan Davis. The festival took place on February 16th

Serving and Learning: PA Internship Program

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The new Musician Intern Program has been up and running for a few months now.   All ten musician interns have been busy serving the PA and learning about what goes on behind the scenes of this organization. Once a month, all interns meet to review progress, plan, and work on projects.  Much work is done between meetings as well.  The interns are divided up into different teams depending on their interests.  The Videography Team is currently putting together a promotional video for the PA. Meanwhile, the Stage Crew has been setting up rehearsal rooms before rehearsals and cleaning them up afterwards each week.

Fred Larsen is Named YoungArts Merit Winner!

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The Philharmonic Association is proud to announce that our very own Fred Larsen was named a YoungArts Merit Winner for jazz trombone! Recipients of the YoungArts awards are chosen based on a blind adjudication process and represent the top 10% of applicants from all over the nation. As a Merit Winner, Fred will receive not only a cash reward but will also become a part of the YoungArts professional network of distinguished artists. He will be given opportunities to work with esteemed instructors and mentors, participate in YoungArts programs, and share his work at renowned institutions such as the John

Expanding the Horizons of Young Musicians

The mission of the Philharmonic Association (PA) is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to learn, understand, and perform all genres of great classical and jazz music; to provide professional training to promote the students’ participation in and lifelong understanding and love of great classical and jazz music; and to increase family awareness and community interest in order to ensure continuing appreciation of, participation in, and financial support of these musical 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 beginng 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.