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Executive Director Margaret Partridge Retires

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Dear PA Families and Staff,  We would like to share the following information with you regarding the Executive Director transition for the Philharmonic Association.  Margaret Partridge, the PA’s long-time Executive Director, is stepping down after having served in that role for 15 years. Margaret has worked with the PA for 30 years, first as a volunteer and later becoming the PA’s first Executive Director.  During Margaret’s tenure as Executive Director, she oversaw tremendous growth. Our number of ensembles grew from 3 to 12, and she helped double the number of students in the PA’s programs. Our number of annual concerts grew

Sarah Whitney: New Executive Director

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The Philharmonic Association Board of Directors is pleased announce the selection of Sarah Whitney as the next Executive Director of the Philharmonic Association following a national search. Sarah joins us with more than 15 years of experience working in the arts nonprofit sector. She brings a wonderful background in music to her new role, coupled with extensive experience in operations, finance, fundraising and education.   Prior to accepting this position, Sarah was an Assistant Director of Business and Finance at Duke University. Her background includes serving as Director of Operations for The School for Strings and Curriculum Developer for the

COVID-19 plan as of 7/20/20

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I am excited to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Philharmonic Association! COVID-19 presents obvious new and unique challenges to this role, and I pledge to be as creative, communicative, and open to suggestions as I possibly can be for all of our constituents. Most importantly, the Philharmonic Association will move forward this fall, offering quality musical instruction with student and teacher safety in mind. Many questions are already coming in from parents, students and teachers about our plans for the fall, so I wanted to give a quick update! Auditions will move forward with the dates

MBK-Wake Features United Strings of Color

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As part of My Brother’s Keeper Wake County initiative to build a collaborative community of organizations united by the goal of impacting the lives of Black, Latinx, and Native American youth, a directory of partners was established on their website. The Philharmonic Association became one of the first partners to register our profile at mbkwakeco.org in hopes that we could become better known in this community. Recently, partners were invited to record a video short that included basic information about the organization and their involvement with MBK-Wake.  These videos were premiered at their sold-out drive-in movie event at the State

Accepting Applications for Intern Program!

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The Philharmonic Association is currently accepting applications for our 2020-21 Musician Intern Program!  If you are an eleventh or twelfth grader planning to audition for one of our orchestras or jazz bands in the fall, this program is for you.    As a member of our Musician Intern Program, you will have the opportunity to engage in all areas of arts administration.  You will get hands one experience in the areas of stage crew, videography and photography, social media, outreach, fundraising, event planning, musician library work, and more!  In addition to gaining experience in a broad variety of skills, you

Enjoy Our Senior Recognition Videos

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The Philharmonic Association would like to give the spotlight to our graduating seniors.  We have so many talented, ambitious seniors in our ensembles this year with great plans for the future, and we want to show them off! Visit our 2019-20 Seniors Page for a list of our seniors and their exciting college plans. We have also created senior recognition videos for each ensemble similar to the recognition our seniors would have been given at our spring concerts.  Our 2019-20 seniors may not have gotten the in-person round of applause that they deserve, but we are grateful to our videography

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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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.

Do You Know About Our Art Invitational?

This is a great opportunity for a student to get their picture on the cover of this year's program!

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