Dear PA Families and Staff, 

We would like to share the following information with you regarding the Executive Director transition for the Philharmonic Association.  Margaret Partridge, the PA’s long-time Executive Director, is stepping down after having served in that role for 15 years. Margaret has worked with the PA for 30 years, first as a volunteer and later becoming the PA’s first Executive Director. 

During Margaret’s tenure as Executive Director, she oversaw Photo of Margaret giving curtain call for TYP holiday concerttremendous growth. Our number of ensembles grew from 3 to 12, and she helped double the number of students in the PA’s programs. Our number of annual concerts grew from 8 to more than 50. In addition, Margaret quadrupled the PA’s income, dramatically increasing annual grant revenues. Her careful stewardship resulted in consistent budget surpluses, and she personally helped to secure more than 90% of the funding for the PA’s endowments.

In Margaret’s letter to the Board, she noted that she is “proud of the hundreds of young musicians and their families the PA has impacted and for the incredibly creative programming we have offered to the public.” She mentioned several highlights from her tenure as Executive Director. These include the “glorious combination of the music from a Vaughan Williams ballet combined with projections of the William Blake art that provided his inspiration,” the championing of North Carolina’s only Composer Laureate, Hunter Johnson, the world premiere of Terry Mizesko’s Tuscarora, and the PA’s recent commission Ijapa and Mr. Igbin, a Yoruba Tale with original music by Elmer Gibson.

Photo of Margaret working with Elmber Gibson and the United Strings of Color

On behalf of the entire Philharmonic Association family, we express profound thanks to Margaret for her passion for this organization, sacrificial dedication to the thousands of students she has impacted, and impeccable leadership as our Executive Director. 

Photo of Margaret and Hugh Partridge in front of our brand new Triangle Youth Music CenterThe Philharmonic Association would not exist or be the venerable pillar of youth music education and excellence that it is today without the determination and leadership of our founder, Hugh Partridge and his partner in life and work, Margaret. These words hardly suffice to thank them for everything that they have done for the PA. We extend our deepest and most profound gratitude to them. 

We regret that the ongoing pandemic has limited our ability to properly recognize Margaret during this time of transition. However, we invite you join us in thanking her by sending notes and cards of appreciation to the PA’s address: P.O. Box 782, Cary, NC 27512-0782, and they will be collected and delivered to her by the PA.