The Philharmonic Association is excited to announce that the success of Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble’s project to raise support for financial aid! Within one day, the ensemble met their goal of raising $1,400. This money will provide select musicians with two private lessons in preparation for our auditions and will cover the $20 audition fee. This opportunity will make a difference in the lives of young musicians.

The Facebook fundraiser was launched through one of TYJE’s virtual videos. The ensemble was joined by the great Branford Marsalis as guest tenor saxophonist for the virtual recording, and TYJE members Justin Lumpkin and Alexander Eischeid produced the video. Alexander explains why the project was important to him, stating, “This band has been such a meaningful experience for me. As a teenager, I wasn’t sure how I could give back. When the idea for this video arose, I felt it was an opportunity to make an impact by taking the roles of video editor and producer. I was giving back to the band while also helping give others a chance to experience what has been so rewarding and educational for me. It is gratifying to think that this video will improve access for all teens with a passion for music.” Although the fundraiser has ended, the video can still be enjoyed and is linked below.

As Alexander expressed, TYJE created this fundraiser out of a desire to raise funds for musicians who don’t have the same advantages that they do.  All of TYJE’s members are passionate about jazz and wish for the wonderful experience they have in the Philharmonic Association to be more widely known and shared. The PA is so grateful to the students in TYJE for their fundraising efforts and to all who donated. We are excited to be able to extend support to an increased number of musicians this upcoming season. We will release information about how to apply for this special initiative in the near future.

As a reminder, those in need of assistance paying our participation fees should complete our Financial Assistance Request Form