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Auditions for 2019-20 Season

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The 2019-20 season will feature great repertoire for every instrument, increased opportunities to connect with fellow musicians and the community, and excellent performances.   To register for an audition for our three full orchestras or three jazz ensembles click here. Once you register and send in the audition fee,  you will be notified of your specific audition date and time by hardcopy letter in early August.  Call 919-645-8434 to request a waiver from the audition fee based on financial need. Full orchestra auditions will be taking place August 19th though the 22nd at Athens Drive High and auditions for our jazz

International Ballet with our Musicians

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Rarely do young dancers or musicians get the chance to collaborate with one another. The Philharmonic Association and International Ballet Academy are all about creating this opportunity, and bringing the magic that happens to the public. The first week in August is the end of International Ballet's summer session, so students who have participated are presenting their work at this event August 2, 6:00 pm in the Cary Arts Center. Philharmonic Association musicians from TYP and TYS have been recruited to play in a chamber orchestra. They will play CPE Bach's Sinfonia in D major, Erik Satie's Gymnopedies II, and

Excited For Our 2018-19 Seniors

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As we look ahead to next season, we want to wish all our 2018-19 seniors the best of luck with this next chapter of their lives.  We will miss having each and every one of them in our ensembles this next season, but we look so forward to seeing what they will accomplish in college and in their future careers. We have seniors majoring in a huge variety of majors and going to a great number of excellent schools. Visit this page to see a list of our 2018-19 seniors and their exciting college plans.

Welcome William Henry Curry!

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The Philharmonic Association is beyond excited to welcome William Henry Curry to our team. We are so grateful and inspired that a conductor as esteemed and experienced as William Henry Curry has accepted the position of Triangle Youth Symphony Conductor! William Henry Curry is a composer, professor, and well-respected conductor. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Durham Symphony. For twenty years, Maestro Curry was the Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director for the North Carolina Symphony. He came to the North Carolina Symphony by way of New Orleans where he served as Resident Conductor of the

A Perfect Internship for You

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Are you a junior or senior in high school looking to gain experience in management, business, or arts administration?  If so, the Philharmonic Association Musician Intern Program may be the perfect internship for you. The PA Musician Intern Program is a open to juniors and seniors in high school who audition in August and are selected for a PA ensemble, or who participate in one of our non-auditioned groups.  The program is designed to ensure participants have the opportunity to experience many of the tasks involved in the management of an arts organization.  Although interns will focus their internship on

Form a Chamber Ensemble This Season!

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You probably know that the Philharmonic Association consists of three full orchestras, two string orchestras, and three jazz bands.  But did you know that the Philharmonic Association also sponsors several chamber ensembles every year?  Some of these small ensembles are longstanding ensembles like the Philharmonic Association String Quartet which is made up every year of Triangle Youth Philharmonic members.  PA leadership carefully selects TYP members for this ensemble who they identify as motivated, skilled, and involved.  The Triangle Youth Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet is another longstanding small ensemble of which members are chosen by PA staff and leadership.  These two chamber

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.