Triangle Community Orchestra
Mission Statement

The Triangle Community Orchestra (TCO) formed in the Fall of 2010 to provide a much needed venue where adult string players could join together as a group. These adult string players may have played in grade or high school or in college but stopped for a variety of reasons, and, some have started sessions as adults. The benefit of this orchestra is not only to provide a place for people eighteen and older to play music together, but also to help improve a player's musical skills.

The mission of this orchestra is to provide a variety of music - mostly classical - for a wide range of playing abilities. In consultation with the orchestra members, our professionally trained music director carefully selects a repertoire that is not so difficult that it discourages players with the least experience, but is challenging enough to keep the interest of more experienced players. Maintaining this balance is critical. Players who find that they need more challenging music have the opportunity to join the Meredith College Sinfonietta.
The Triangle Community Orchestra is a family of musicians who not only enjoy playing together, but enjoy each other's company. There are no auditions or first or second chairs in this orchestra: we are a tightly knit group of equals. We have an informal executive board as well as a volunteer chief executive officer both of whom provide advice to the music director and help keep all aspects of the orchestra running smoothly.

The orchestra belongs to all the players, and their opinions and thoughts are always given consideration.

Musical Director

Conductor Marta Findlay-Partridge is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.  She began her professional career as a violinist in the Indianapolis Symphony.

Ms. Partridge has taught strings in the Wake County Schools for over thirty years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. During her tenure, she founded and directed the Western Wake Orchestra Festival, an annual collaborative event for string students and teachers.  She also founded and directed the Raleigh-Triangle String Orchestra (RTSO), a public service organization for students, adults and musicians with special needs who lacked access to an orchestra home.  She led RTSO as a volunteer for over a decade, at which time it became the string section of the newly formed Triangle Youth Orchestra.  Ms. Partridge was founder and director of the Triangle Youth Symphony, sponsored by the Philharmonic Association, Inc. for sixteen years.

In 2002, Ms. Partridge was among the first group of music educators to receive National Board Certification.  She was the recipient of the Maxine Swalin 2004 Outstanding Music Educator Award, presented by the North Carolina Symphony.  The award honors a North Carolina music teacher who serves the community as a role model in music education, instills a love for music in children and inspires students to reach appropriately high musician standards. In 2010, she was elected to be "Teacher of the Year" by the NC Music Educator's Association. In 2014, she was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts. 

Ms. Partridge led the Acushnet Classic Ensemble in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, as Music Director for two seasons. She also led the Robeson County All-County Orchestra festival. Her essay, "Unplanned Lesson, a teacher's perspective on 9/11," was published in Adrienne Kirschner's book, Powerful Stories from the Classrooms of Accomplished Teachers.

In addition to directing the Triangle Community Orchestra, Ms. Partridge is currently the Orchestra Director at Cary High School, serves as Conductor of three Triangle Youth String Orchestras and the newly formed Triangle Youth String Sinfonia, is an adjunct faculty member at Meredith College and remains active as a performer in Eastern North Carolina. 

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