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Classics and Cuisine: More Than Successful

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To say that this year’s Classics and Cuisine fundraiser was a success seems an understatement.  The word “successful” does not fully capture the beauty of hundreds of individuals—musicians, friends and family, staff, and volunteers—working together to support the mission of the Philharmonic Association.    A total of 177 of our youth musicians performed during Classics and Cuisine in ensembles made up of a mix of musicians from all our orchestras and jazz bands.  Most performed at Classics and Cuisine without a single rehearsal.  We are so grateful to our musicians for being willing to step out of their comfort zones

USC Provides Music for Important Event

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The United Strings of Color has been invited to perform for an important event.  On Saturday, February 2nd, the quartet will perform for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's African America History Awareness Competition.  The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has sponsored this annual event since 2000 making this the 18th annual competition.  This event serves to encourage students 3rd grade and above to pursue a knowledge and appreciation of African American history. Contestants compete by answering questions about African American history in a multi-round format.  The high school team that wins traditionally goes on to compete at the statewide level.   The mission

USC Work With Composer

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Playing a brand new work is a unique experience for a musician. Being able to work directly with the composer and be part of the creative process is an incredible opportunity for any musician, young or seasoned! At their last rehearsal, the United Strings of Color (USC) played Ijapa and Mr. Igbin for composer Elmer Gibson. It was the first time Mr. Gibson heard the piece played by stringed instruments, and it gave a wonderful opportunity for changes to be made so that the music notation matched what he had imagined. In addition to the instrumentalists, Sterling Elliott practiced the

Stand Out by Auditioning for Honors Recital

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It is time to sign up to audition for the Triangle Youth Orchestra and Triangle Youth Symphony's joint Honors Recital!  This annual recital features outstanding musicians from TYO and TYS performing the piece of their choice. The auditions will take place on Sunday, March 22nd, and the recital itself will take place on Saturday, April 18th.    If you are a musician in TYO or TYS, this is your opportunity to stand out and demonstrate your excellent musicianship.  This is your chance to perform that solo you have worked hard to master, and to show the extent of your diligent practice

TYJE On Stage for Bud Not Buddy

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Featuring live music by the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, Theatre Raleigh concludes its 2019-2020 Family Series with Bud, Not Buddy! This play is adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's acclaimed Newbery Medal-winning novel and will play March 13-29 at the Kennedy Theatre in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Set in Flint, Michigan in 1936, Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of Bud, a ten-year old who is sure about two things: he wants to find his father and he is not called Buddy. With only one clue, a flyer advertising Herman E. Calloway and his

TYP Honors Recital March 27

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The wealth of talent auditioning on January 12th at Ruggero Piano for the Triangle Youth Philharmonic Honors Recital was incredible! Every single musician who played that day would have represented the Philharmonic Association and TYP very well in the upcoming March "Fourth Friday" recital series at Ruggero Piano. But, we only wanted about an hour of music. Our adjudicator, Harry Davidson who serves as the Conductor of the Duke University Orchestra, deliberated for a long time after the auditions and it was obviously not easy to come to a decision. We are pleased that there will be two chamber pieces

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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