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
Joseph Peters is currently Associate Principal Oboe and English horn with the North Carolina Symphony and conductor of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra. He previously held Principal Oboe chairs with the Minnesota Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with diverse ensembles throughout the country including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Marlboro Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute. For three years he was a member of the New World Symphony in Florida. Peters first appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 18, performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. As a soloist, he has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Civic Symphony, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, of which he is an alumnus. As a conductor, Peters was Music Director of the SUNY Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra and the Saybrook College Orchestra of Yale. He has conducted Holiday Pops concerts at the North Carolina Symphony and is a frequent guest at the New World Symphony, where he has led diverse programs including children’s concerts, chamber opera and a collaboration with the Miami City Ballet. He recently conducted a performance of Henze’s Kammermusik 1958 at Marlboro Music Festival. Peters has been on the oboe or conducting faculty of institutions including the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, SUNY Buffalo State, SoBe Institute of the Arts, and has conducted side-by-side concerts for New World Symphony’s MusicLab program. His conducting mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, James Patrick Miller and Toshiyuki Shimada.
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 2017 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
Matthew Holt currently serves as one of the Orchestra Directors at Durham School of the Arts alongside co-director Joey Walker. He previously served for five years as the Director of Orchestras at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina. In 2015, Mr. Holt received his Bachelor of Music in music education from Susquehanna University with a dual focus in baroque cello and conducting. Mr. Holt has conducted in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas. Collaboration is a central part of his vision in education. Professional musicians he has invited to work with his students include Associate Conductor Wesley Shultz and Associate Principal Second Violin David Kilbride of the North Carolina Symphony, Scott Laird, Jim Waddelow, Yang Xi, Petia Radneva-Manolova, Lauren Alter, Alice Ju, Casey Spillman, Kevin Giraldi, Rebecca MacLeod, David Michael Wolff, and many others. In spring of 2020, Mr. Holt received the North Carolina Symphony Musician’s Award to become the Honoree for 2019-2020.
Triangle Youth String Orchestra Conductor
Myriah Luke graduated from Meredith College in 2017 with a degree in music education, concentrating in cello which she studied with Virginia Ewing Hudson. She is the orchestra director at Rolesville High School and was awarded the Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher award in 2018. She is the current chair of the WCPSS section of orchestra teachers and is on the board of directors for Community Music 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 music educator based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Burn, originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, studied Trumpet Performance at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduation she joined the Winnipeg Symphony in Canada Utility Trumpet. While there, she developed a private trumpet studio and began working as a trumpet clinician for music educators. In 2003, she accepted a position as Band Director of the Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina where she developed both the concert and jazz band to levels of distinction; the Franklin Academy Jazz Band was recognized as the “Outstanding Band” of the 2009 North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at UNC Chapel Hill. Since 2012 Ms. Burn has helped build the Triangle Youth Philharmonic Jazz Program and is currently the director of the Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra. In February of 2020, The Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra was selected as the “Outstanding Community Band” at the North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at UNC Chapel Hill. Ms Burn was honored to participate as a guest director with Ligon Jazz Ensemble’s performance at the 2019 International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic; Ligon Jazz Ensemble is the first jazz ensemble to represent North Carolina at this prestigious annual event. Ms. Burn is excited for the opportunity to serve as the 2021 North Carolina All State Jazz Clinician this May. In addition, Ms. Burn maintains a successful private brass studio, serves as a music education clinician for the Triangle area (including Director of the Wiley Elementary Band), and engages as a freelance trumpeter, performing as Principal Cornet of The Triangle Brass Band.
Triangle Youth Jazz Band Conductor
Kobie Watkins has a well established 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
Brandon Rich is a North Carolina native with over ten years in music education. Mr. Rich began piano and percussion in middle school, and was involved with marching band, rock bands, and the DCI drum and bugle corps throughout his youth. The year after graduating high school Brandon became Director of the Marching Band at Wake Christian Academy, and stayed busy teaching several other percussion ensembles, marching bands, jazz bands, and private students at various schools through college. Brandon initially started at North Carolina Central University studying the drum set, but fell in love with the vibraphone after seeing Stefon Harris perform as a guest artist at NCCU. During his time at NCCU, Brandon had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Benny Golson, Joe Chambers, Wallace Roney, and Joey Calderazzo. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.M. in Jazz Studies. Over time Brandon has realized that he enjoys the learning process just as much as playing music, so he is known to play a wide variety of instruments and styles, and he loves to share this passion with the next generation. He hopes that through performance and education he can raise cultural awareness and help restore the presence of Jazz and American music in our communities.
Philharmonic Association Executive Director
Sarah Whitney is an arts administrator with over 20 years of experience in music education and arts administration. After receiving her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, Ms. Whitney was a public school music teacher in New York City and served as a Teacher Trainer and Curriculum Consultant for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. With a graduate degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University, she also worked as the Director of Operations for The School for Strings in New York City and currently serves as the Resident Director of Berkshire Summer Music. After moving to our area, Ms Whitney was the Assistant Director of Business and Finance for Duke University’s University Center for Activities and Events. She currently sits as Board Secretary for the Chatham Education Foundation and Director of the Children’s Choir of Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church.
Philharmonic Association Operations Manager
Emily Stewart is the Philharmonic Association’s Operations Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Temple University, and is currently earning a M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership. Before relocating to Durham, NC, Emily lived in Philadelphia, PA for 11 years, where she worked as a musician and Teaching Artist for multiple performing arts organizations. She is excited to serve the Philharmonic Association in an administrative role, where she will be able to combine her passions for performing arts and program implementation. As a recent transplant to the Triangle, Emily is excited to get involved with our musical community. In addition to her work at the Philharmonic Association, Emily enjoys teaching private lessons for violin, viola, flute, and piano.
Philharmonic Association Bookkeeper
Jessi Bloom is a professional bookkeeper with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida. She moved from Florida to the great state of North Carolina in 2012. She has been in private practice for 5 years and specializes in offering bookkeeping, payroll, benefits administration, and HR support to non-profit organizations and churches. She filled administrative roles for the Law Offices of Terrance H. Dittmer, Network Communications, Inc., Canon Financial Services Group, St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, and Autoshop Solutions among others. Jessi is a lifelong learner with a passion for performing and supporting music and arts in all their forms, and she is well known for a generous spirit and positive attitude.