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Thank You from Dr. Gregg Gelb

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A letter from Dr. Gregg Gelb, Conductor of Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble: Dear Students, Parents, Co-workers, and Jazz Fans and Supporters: The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble just returned from the 2019 Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition in NYC and I have to tell you what an amazing experience it was, but mostly I want thank all of you for making it possible. For the last four days TYJE and I lived and breathed jazz at its finest. We heard fifteen great high school student bands, the Julliard Jazz Ensemble, and Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at

Premiere of An Important Program

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An important performance took place on Saturday, May 18th at the Northeast Regional Library.  The Philharmonic Association's United Strings of Color (Kennedy Mitchell and Felicia Adizue, violins, Jolie Duquene, viola, Lexy Etienne, cello) premiered their program exploring female composers.  There are many underrepresented and hidden female composers in history whose works deserve to be heard by the public.  In their program, The United Strings of Color brings to the spotlight the music of several female composers including Fanny Mendelssohn, Anna Magdalena Bach, and Florence Price.  The members of the ensemble discuss the women, revealing interesting facts about their lives and

Partnering with Wake County Libraries to Educate

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The Philharmonic Association chamber ensembles are again partnering with the Wake County Library System in a Music in the Libraries series. Regional libraries are hosting our four chamber ensembles, the Philharmonic Association String Quartet (Trio), the Triangle Youth Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet (Trio), the Discovery Quartet and the United Strings of Color . The ensembles' programs are varied and educational for young and old alike. Sunday April 14, 3:00 pm, Eva Perry Library Philharmonic Association String Trio perform a varies repertoire of chamber music for strings.       Sunday, April 28, 3:00 pm, North Regional Library  the Triangle Youth Philharmonic

Discovery Quartet at Poe Elementary

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At the beginning of this spring semester, four musicians from various PA ensembles united and formed the Philharmonic Association Discovery Quartet.  The goal of this chamber ensemble was to put together an educational program that could be performed at elementary and middle schools.  The four musicians in the ensemble--Amanda Johnson (violin, Sinfonia), Oliver Walters-Clift (violin, TYO), Maddie Hurst (viola, TYS), and Natalie Wiese (cello, Sinfonia) are all homeschooled which allows them to perform during the daytime for schools.  Under the direction of Executive Director Margaret Partridge and Executive Intern Krista Wiese, the quartet put together a program that explores the

Highlights From Sinfonia’s Concert at Morehead

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Once again, the Triangle Youth String Sinfonia had the wonderful opportunity of performing their spring concert program for the Governor Morehead School, a school for visually impaired students.  The musicians of Sinfonia, of course, were grateful to have an additional opportunity to perform the music they had worked all semester on.  The music selected this semester was fun, but challenging  for the members of Sinfonia and both the concert at Morehead and the concert at Cary Arts Center were exhilarating experiences.    What made the performance at Morehead especially enjoyable was the response of the audience.  To play for an

Sign Up for Summer Sessions

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Good news--your pursuit of music doesn't have to stop once the school year ends!  This summer, the Philharmonic Association will be offering a string summer session and a jazz summer session.   The Triangle Youth String Orchestra summer session is geared towards young musicians who can read music and who, in most cases, have either taken private lessons or played in an ensemble before.  Students will have six rehearsals at Cary Arts Center, all on Mondays from 6:15-8:00 starting June 24th.   A dress rehearsal and free concert will occur on August 5th in Carswell Recital Hall at Meredith College.  Click here

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.