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Director of Community Engagement!

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Community engagement and diversity awareness are both topics very important to the Philharmonic Association.  We envision our ensembles as a place where musicians of all backgrounds, all cultures, and all experiences can unite with the common goal of playing great classical and  jazz music.  We strive to reach out to a diverse array of communities in order to ensure that all youth musicians in the area we serve have the opportunity to pursue their musical interests and passions. The Philharmonic Association has recently made an exciting step towards increasing our community engagement and diversity awareness--we have hired Heather Elliot to

Mission, Vision, and Values

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The Philharmonic Association Board and senior staff have been hard at work since last summer to review, revise, and recommit to our Mission as a non-profit educational organization. We engaged in a special mini-retreat last summer, led by Salima Thomas of the Center for Non-profits and hosted by Treasurer, Luanne Roth, to work on adding Vision and Value Statements. We determined that we wanted to emphasize the values of Respect, Collaboration, Diversity and Inclusion, Excellence, and Integrity. At our last Board meeting on November 3, we finalized a revamped Mission Statement and added our first ever Vision Statement. This will

Exciting Preview of Fall Strings Concert

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Coming up on the Philharmonic Association concert calendar is our Strings Fall Concert on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm.   This concert will feature both of our string orchestras, the Triangle Youth String Orchestra (TYSO) and the Triangle Youth String Sinfonia (Sinfonia).   It is always inspiring to watch TYSO, our introductory level orchestra, perform their first concert of the season.  For many of these students, it is the first concert they have ever performed.  It is an exciting experience for the young musicians to see the result of their months of hard work. The TYSO musicians certainly have worked hard

Another Special Concert Program Cover

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When the Philharmonic Association was first formed, around 30 years ago, our program covers did not look the same as they do today.  The images featured were not the creative, personalized artwork that has decorated our program covers in recent years.  It is because of the teachers and students that submit artwork to our yearly Arts Invitational that we are able to create program covers that match the energy, creativity, and youthful talent that characterize our concerts. We are so grateful each year to the teachers and students that submit artwork to our Arts Invitational.  Our staff carefully evaluate each submission

A Second Year of Holiday Ensembles

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The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving gifts.  Although December's focus may be on gifts that can be wrapped, the Philharmonic Association believes that music is a wonderful gift to give and to receive.  Our Holiday Ensembles Program aims to bring joy to the community during the holiday season by giving the gift of music to the people in the community in need of such a gift.  Our holiday ensembles perform at locations like nursing homes, retirement communities, museums, malls, and other locations throughout the Triangle.     This is the second year in a row that we

Launch of the Quintet Giving Circle

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A very unique donation was recently made by a couple who are new to the area and also to the Philharmonic Association. After a life of music performance and teaching, Philip Kates and Deborah Schwartz-Kates, have moved to North Carolina from Miami.  So how did this couple come to donate to the Philharmonic Association? At a recent event launching the Quintet Giving Circle, Mr. Kates explained that he believed the future of classical music is in educating young people. When he and Deborah wanted to honor Todd Wetherwax, a dear friend and student, the Kates looked for a local youth

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.