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Collaboration At Its Finest

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What is so special about the Philharmonic Association chamber ensembles' upcoming performance at the Cary Arts Center on March 24th? The performance will include not only music, but also engaging narration, and creative illustrations all provided by student musicians, actors, and artists. It is a rare and special thing for three different art forms--music, acting, and visual art--to unite during a single event, but that is exactly what is going to happen during “The Triumph of Rapunzel and the Nanny Goat.”  This program will feature a retelling of two Grimm's Fairytales: "The Rampion Girl or the Story of Rapunzel" and

Jazz in the Garden

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Support the award winning Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble as they prepare to go to the finals in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington High School Competition and Festival in May, 2019 by buying tickets to the Jazz in the Garden fundraiser on April 27 from 4:00-6:30 pm. Tickets available at Eventbrite. This beautiful outdoor event, at the home of Adrienne Kelly - Lumpkin and Kelly Lumpkin (4205 City of Oaks Wynd, Raleigh), will include refreshments and incredible big band jazz. The Essentially Ellington festival is described as one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world –

TYJE – Going to NYC Again

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For a stunning fourth year in a row, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) has the distinction of being among the 15 jazz big bands selected nationally to attend the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival taking place at the Jazz at Lincoln Center home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 9 through 11, 2019. TYJE is among 112 high school jazz bands across North America that entered the competition by submitting recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at the Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington library. Further, the selection is limited to three

TYO and TYS Honors Recital

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Eight talented musicians have been selected to perform in this year's TYO and TYS Honors Recital on April 6th. Each of these musicians has worked hard to earn a spot in this recital. Their hard work will certainly show in the quality of their performance. The program will feature a variety of instruments and pieces. On the program are the following musicians and repertoire: Nick Fenton: Simple Gifts arr. Elder Joseph Brackett Alexandra Etienne: Bach Cello Suite No. 1-Prelude Karissa Thai: Bohm Sarabande in G minor-Moderato Andrew Chung: Schubert Theme from Rosamunde Olivia Chen: Rieding Concerto in G Major-Allegro moderato

TYJB at Cary Music & Arts Festival

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The Cary Music and Arts Festival will showcase talented musicians, actors, and visual artists from nine Cary area high schools. Our very own Triangle Youth Jazz Band will be performing at the festival from 3:30-5:30. Come support TYJB and fellow local artists at Koka Booth Amphitheater Sunday, April 28 from 3:00-9:00 pm and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of dance, theater, jazz, and choral, orchestral and classical music. This event will be fun for all ages so be sure to invite all your family and friends! This event is free to the public although donations are encouraged. Visit the Town of

TYJE and TYJO Spring Concert

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On Sunday, March 31st at 2:00, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and the Triangle Youth Jazz Band will be putting on their joint spring concert at the North Carolina Museum of History. The two bands will be performing music from all your favorite jazz composers. TYJE's program will feature special arrangements that showcase senior members of the band. In addition, TYJE will play the pieces that they will be performing for the Essentially Ellington Festival at the Lincoln Center in May. The hard work and talent of both jazz ensembles will shine during this quality program featuring great jazz repertoire.

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.