Triangle Youth Orchestra
Triangle Youth Symphony
Triangle Youth Philharmonic
In early 1988, thirty-five high school age musicians from around the Triangle decided to form a Symphony Orchestra. They invited Hugh Partridge, Principal Violist of the North Carolina Symphony to be their conductor and to help them organize their orchestra. Their first concert as the Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP) was performed on May 22nd 1988. It was a grand success and the musicians and their parents quickly formed the Philharmonic Association Inc. (PA) to sponsor the goals of the young musicians. TYP rapidly grew to a full symphony orchestra. By the early part of the 1990s, the great growth in its orchestra program required the PA to form a second orchestra.
In 1995 the Triangle Youth Symphony (TYS) was formed and by 2000 a third was begun, the Triangle Youth Orchestra (TYO). In fourteen years, the PA has grown from an orchestra of 35 in 1988 to three orchestras serving over 250 talented young musicians a year. It has given approximately 1000 aspiring public school aged musicians an opportunity to perform over 200 of the worlds greatest classical works and eight world premieres. Many of its members have had the opportunity to appear as soloists and conductors. Over its thirteen years history, the PA has enjoyed the support of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestras artistic staff.
The young musicians of the PA have been privileged to perform under all the conductors of the NCSO. Since 1988, young musicians of the PA have had an opportunity to work with thirty-two members of the symphony as coaches and adjudicators. With these close ties with the NCSO it, naturally followed that in 1993 The Triangle Youth Philharmonic became the official youth orchestra of the North Carolina Symphony.
The youth orchestras of the Philharmonic Association have hosted the Hull, UK (Raleigh's sister city) Youth Orchestra in a combined concert in Memorial Auditorium (1995) and there are plans to host them again in the near future. Our youth orchestras have represented Raleigh in two concerts in Hull (1996 and 2000). The Triangle Youth Philharmonic has performed children's concerts in the area. It has also provided music for the ground breaking of the Town of Cary's facility for the NCSO at Regency Park and has appeared several times in mini concerts before NCSO concerts. The Triangle Youth Philharmonic has represented the Triangle on two invitational concerts for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.