Philharmonic Association Artistic Director Emeritus
Hugh Partridge was asked to become the Triangle Youth Philharmonic Conductor in 1988, by the young musicians who founded the organization. He has led the Philharmonic Association as Artistic Director and TYP Conductor for over 30 years. Beginning in the 2019-20 season he will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Artistic Director Emeritus. Hugh’s long career as a professional musician has included serving as the Principal Viola of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera and the North Carolina Symphony (1976 – 2006). He has served on the faculty of Butler University, Wichita State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2003, Hugh Partridge was the recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in recognition of his “extraordinary achievement in the Arts”. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Maxine Swalin Outstanding Music Educator Award, presented by the North Carolina Symphony. In 2018 he received the Business Support of the Arts award in the Arts Education category by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
Triangle Youth Philharmonic Conductor and Philharmonic Association Artistic Director
David Glover became the conductor of Triangle Youth Philharmonic in January 2019. Most recently, Glover was the Associate Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony. With the North Carolina Symphony, Glover led numerous high profile concerts including a last minute performance of Carmina Burana, stepping in for Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the opening classical concert of the Symphony’s new hall in Wilmington, NC, and two state-wide tours. Mr. Glover has worked with many of this generation’s top artists including Stefan Jackiw, Di Wu, Conrad Tao, and Caroline Shaw as well as Pops artists such as Time for Three, Pink Martini, and the Indigo Girls. Prior to his position with the North Carolina Symphony, Glover served as the Assistant Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and as theArtistic Director of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in West Lafayette, IN. Also dedicated to educating the next generation of concert goers, Glover has created a series of successful school-day education shows which in the past six years has reached over 200,000 elementary school children. Glover has guest conducted numerous other orchestras including the Charlotte Symphony, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, South Bend Symphony, Muncie (IN) Symphony, and the North Czech Philharmonic. In addition, Glover was awarded the Ansbacher Fellowship to the Salzburg Festival and was an adjunct professor at Indiana University in 2007, leading the Indiana University All-Campus Orchestra.Glover holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Boston University in violin performance, and a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. He lives in Cary, NC with his wife Emily, a violinist with the North Carolina Symphony, and their daughter Maia.
Triangle Youth Symphony Conductor
William Henry Curry is a composer, professor and 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 New Orleans Symphony. A native of Pittsburgh, he became involved with music through a school program that provided him with free lessons and his chosen instrument, the viola. Eventually Curry became a conducting major at the Oberlin Conservatory and took his first professional position as Assistant Conductor with the Richmond Chamber Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.( 1975-1977) He went on to serve as Resident Conductor both with the Baltimore Symphony (1978-1983) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (1983-1985) and was the Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra ( 1983-1988). Maestro Curry is the first and only African-American ever to be Music Director of a symphony orchestra in the southern United States. He has guest conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Maestro Curry was nominated for a Grammy and is the only person who has ever been the unanimous winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition at Carnegie Hall. He was the recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2016 for his “extraordinary achievement in the Arts”. William Henry Curry credits his successful career to a great love and respect for music.
Triangle Youth Orchestra Conductor
Tim Kohring is looking forward to another fantastic year as the Triangle Youth Orchestra conductor. He was excited to return back to his musical roots in the Philharmonic Association, having played in TYP and TYS during his years at Leesville High School. Mr. Kohring received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also studied conducting with Mr. Tonu Kalam and Dr. Michael Votta. He then completed a Master’s in Arts in Teaching from the UNC-CH School of Education. Mr. Kohring has been on the faculty of Wakefield Middle, North Garner Middle and Rolesville Middle Schools. In 2019 he became the Band Director at Rolesville High School. He can be seen from time to time playing with various community ensembles as a tuba player. Mr. Kohring is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Triangle Youth Orchestra Assistant Conductor
Cellist Jacob Wenger is a native of Raleigh and a former Principal in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Wenger currently holds positions in the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Tar River Philharmonic, and the North Carolina Theatre pit orchestra. He performs regularly with touring Broadway productions at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Mr. Wenger has also performed with the “Requiem for Darfur” Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, an orchestra which included some of the best orchestral and chamber musicians in the United States. He maintains a studio at North Raleigh School of Music. He is also on the faculty of UNC-Wilmington, and Ravenscroft School. Mr. Wenger studied privately with Margo Drakos, Zvi Plesser, Marcy Rosen, and Jonathan Kramer. He has also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as Sylvia Rosenberg and Jeffrey Cohen.
Triangle Youth String Sinfonia Conductor
From 1977 to 1983, Luanne Roth was an orchestra director in Wake County Public Schools. She started the string orchestra program at a number of schools and grew the program to include the high school level in Garner. She is currently the youth string ensemble director at White Memorial Presbyterian Church and has been conducting and coaching for the Triangle Youth String Orchestra for the past six years. Mrs. Roth has been a violist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Civic Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Kokomo Symphony, UNC Orchestra, and Louisville Youth Orchestra. She currently plays violin with the Triangle Community Orchestra and also as a fiddle player.
Triangle Youth String Orchestra Conductor
Myriah Luke graduated from Meredith College in 2017. She just completed her second year as an orchestra teacher at East Millbrook Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts and was awarded the Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher award in 2018. For the coming school year she will teach orchestra at Rolesville High School. She has appeared as guest conductor for the Triangle Community Orchestra and the Meredith College Sinfonietta. During her tenure as a cellist in the Philharmonic Association from 2009 – 13, she performed in the Triangle Youth Orchestra, Triangle Youth Symphony and Triangle Youth Philharmonic.
Triangle Youth String Orchestra Assistant Conductor
Meaghan Clayton grew up in Greensboro, NC and started learning cello at a young age with Scott Walker. She played with her high school orchestra and the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ms. Clayton earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education from Meredith College and studied cello with Virginia Hudson and violin with Dana Freidli. She served as principal cellist of the Meredith College String Orchestra for 4 years, and also performed with the Raleigh Civic Symphony, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other small ensembles. While an orchestra teacher for Wake County Public School System middle and high schools, her groups consistently earned high marks. Currently, Ms. Clayton is focusing on teaching a full private studio of string students, arranging music, serving in the music ministry at her church and raising three of her own young musicians!
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Conductor
Dr. Gregg Gelb is a saxophonist and clarinetist and he leads many different jazz groups: his Jazz Quartet, La Fiesta Latin Jazz Band, Second Line Stompers, and Swing Band. He is founder and director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society and co-founder and player with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. His groups have recorded over a dozen CD’s. Gregg often performs on saxophone with the North Carolina Symphony. He is a recipient of a Jazz Composers Award from the North Carolina Arts Council and four Regional Artist grants from the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music degree from the UNC School of the Arts, and a DMA from UNC Greensboro. In addition to a busy performing schedule Gregg loves teaching, especially the fine young students in TYJE!
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Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra Conductor
Lisa Burn is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Trumpet Performance. Upon graduation, she joined the Winnipeg Symphony in Canada. As a jazz educator, Ms. Burn has participated in the International Association of Jazz Educators workshop and the Band Directors Academy sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center. While Director of Bands at Franklin Academy, the Franklin Academy Jazz Band was recognized as the Most Outstanding Band of the High School Essentially Ellington Regional Competition in 2009. Lisa currently maintains an active schedule as a freelance trumpeter, serving as Principal Cornet of the Triangle Brass Band as well as a private instructor and music education consultant for the Triangle area. In addition, Ms. Burn is an Artist in Residence at Ravenscroft School as both a brass instructor and jazz director.
Triangle Youth Jazz Band Conductor
Kobie Watkins has a well establish international career as a jazz drummer having played with some of the top artists in the field including Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, and Jim Hall, as well as extensive touring with Kurt Elling (2005 – 2014) and Sonny Rollins (2006 – 2012).He is a graduate of the VanderCook College of Music and Northwestern University School of Music. Mr. Watkins is also highly sought as both an instrumental and ensemble teacher. He has worked for the Ravinia Festival School Jazz Scholar Program, Chicago State University, ArtsWest Performing and Visual Arts School, Brigham Young University – Idaho and Hall International Academy among others. He has also given jazz clinics and master classes locally at Sharp Nine, University of North Carolina Jazz Camp, St. Mary Magdalene School, Cary Academy, and Broughton High.
Triangle Youth Jazz Lab Conductor
David Richards began as a professional musician at the age of 14. Throughout his career, from California to New York City, he has been a musician, educator, and producer, and has been fortunate to perform and work in several countries as well. His first exposure to music, voice, theater, and television acting began at a very young age when he attended the School of Creative and Performing arts in San Diego. Mr. Richards has worked with some of the top professional singers in the world and his performance and teaching career landed him in New York, where he worked with leaders in the music industry. A few years ago he moved to Clayton, North Carolina where he has continued to perform, teach, and produce with professionals and students. Mr. Richards founded and is President of JoCo Music Arts Foundation, which oversees community programs in Johnston County. These include aiding financially strapped students in acquiring donated musical instruments, a community based wind symphony of local music educators and musicians, and youth jazz groups comprised of students from the local middle and high schools. Along with teaching privately, Mr. Richards is very active in community awareness of music education and frequently conducts master classes or appears as a guest in Johnston County schools. He works very closely with the middle and high school teachers to help young musicians find their way in the amazing and beautiful world of music!
Philharmonic Association Executive Director
Margaret Partridge’s love of orchestral music began with membership in the Louisville and Jefferson County Youth Orchestras. From 1987 – 1990, she was a full-time member of the managing staff of the Arkansas Symphony, in Little Rock, and played in the first violin section. Since becoming the Executive Director in 2005, the Philharmonic Association has doubled the number of participants served each year by adding jazz, chamber, string orchestra and summer programming. She has also quadrupled the budget to sustain this larger program. Margaret is an active freelance violinist and performs in the North Carolina Opera and Carolina Ballet orchestras, among others.
Philharmonic Association Administrative Manager
Susan Styll was hired in July of 2018 as the Philharmonic Association Administrative Manager. Her first career was writing accounts software for AT&T, Cooper Hand Tools, and The American Kennel Club. For several years following that, she was the office manager for White Street Brewing Company. Susan also uses her financial knowledge as a volunteer treasurer for the Millbrook High School Choral Boosters. Susan is actually one of the founders of the youth band that eventually became Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra. Her son has played percussion in TYS, TYP, and TYJO.
Philharmonic Association Operations Manager
Alison Voyer has worked as Operations Manager for the Philharmonic Association since July of 2014. In addition to working for the Philharmonic Association Alison enjoys playing cello, an instrument that she learned to play as an adult. Alison especially loves playing music with other people. She participated in the Triangle Community Orchestra for five years and is currently a cellist in the Sinfonietta at Meredith College. Alison has a master’s degree in social work and, along with working for the PA and playing cello, she is a full time therapist for Easter Seals.
Philharmonic Association Director of Community Engagement
Heather Elliott has been involved in diversity initiatives since her student days at Francis Marion University. From 1986-1988 she was active in the Academic Cultural Enrichment Counselors Program that ensured minority students were engaged and included in campus life and goals. She graduated with a Bachelor in Political Science. At the Department of Corrections, she worked in Education Services to help students develop life management skills and identify relevant employability skills while guiding them to develop goals and objectives for employment progression and fulfillment. And then, at IBM from1998 – 2009, she developed and deployed Diversity Awareness events for multiple Customer Fulfillment Organizations as a Diversity Awareness Representative. Heather’s son, Sterling, plays the viola in the Triangle Youth Symphony.
Philharmonic Association Executive Assistant
Krista Wiese is currently a student at Meredith College pursuing a double major in Arts Administration and English. She started interning with the Philharmonic Association the summer of her senior year of high school. Krista is an alumna of the Philharmonic Association having played in the Triangle Youth String Orchestra, the Triangle Youth Orchestra, the Triangle Youth Symphony and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic, and attaining the position of Concert Master of TYS in 2016 and Principal Second Violin of TYP in 2017. In 2016, she formed a string quartet of TYS players that continued to perform together until 2018. From that experience, Krista discovered her passion for management. As the Executive Assistant, Krista shares in the administrative and managerial tasks of Executive Director Margaret Partridge.