The Symphony Guild volunteers make our organization successful. For over 50 years, our award-winning volunteer group has promoted, fostered and funded music education in the community. Our efforts have contributed to the financial success of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra while cultivating music appreciation and educational opportunities throughout the Triad.
If you are considering becoming a volunteer for the Guild, there are a wide range of opportunities available:
Leadership: Lead by serving on the Board or by serving on a committee. Here are just a few areas where your talents could be used - chairing an education project, becoming a community relations advocate, publishing our newsletter, networking with our community and other symphony guilds, planning Guild meetings and projects, working on our website and social media, and organizing volunteers. Don’t worry about your skill set - we have experienced volunteers from all walks of life - all of whom are engaged and willing to help!
Committee Work: Not everyone wants to lead, but helping on any one of our many committees is rewarding and fun!! You could help prepare food for our musicians at a rehearsal, work at a fund-raiser like our Strings and Swings golf/tennis tournament, help in the Greensboro Symphony office, decorate for our Presentation Ball, volunteer at one of our many educational concerts, be a hostess at a meeting, or help write an article for our newsletter. Possibilities are endless and the work is always fun!
Donation: The Guild is appreciative of all donations, from in-kind gifts to corporate sponsorships. A donation can be earmarked for any committee, such as our award-winning education programs, or as a general sponsorship or gift to the Guild.
Volunteer Opportunities For The 2017-2018 Guild Year
GSYO Auditions - Early September, 2017 - These auditions are for the highly selective Youth Orchestra programs each season. Guild volunteers assist the GSO staff during these auditions by coordinating the efforts of volunteers who greet and sign in the musicians, maintain a timely audition schedule and escort the musicians to the audition venue.
Feast and Follies-Cajun Carnival - October 7th at the Cultural Arts Center and Mary Lebauer Park. This is a great event to become part of and meet other Guild members. Please consider volunteering to help make this our most successful fundraiser ever.
Music in the Middle School Concerts - October 18 & 19th. Held at Grimsley High School, volunteers assist in staging a concert by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for seventh grade students. Guild volunteers are needed to direct the children from their buses to their seats and in exiting. This activity is about a 4 hour morning time commitment. It’s a great way to meet other Guild members in a smaller setting. We usually need about 25 volunteers for each day.
Feeding the Orchestra - December 15th. Volunteers help feed the orchestra prior to the Sealy/Fox 8 Holiday Concert. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with other Guild members and get to know our musicians.
Presentation Ball - December 28th at The Koury Convention Center. The Presentation Ball honors young women with connections to the Greensboro area who have made significant contributions to the communities in which they live. Volunteers are needed throughout the year on various committees to organize events for the Symphony Presentation Ball.
Let's Get Shamrocked - Friday March 17, 2018
Elementary School Concerts - March 26-29, 2018 Volunteers assist in staging a concert by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for third and fourth grade students in the greater Greensboro area. Guild volunteers are needed to direct the children from their buses to their seats and in exiting the auditorium. This activity is about a 4 hour morning time commitment. It’s a great way to meet other Guild members in a smaller setting. We usually need about 25 volunteers for each day.
Hospitality (General Meetings) - Assist with food preparation or offer your home for meetings, assist in planning general membership luncheons.
Volunteer at Symphony Office Volunteers assist GSO office staff with stuffing playbills, general mailings, and assorted office tasks as needed at the Symphony Office at The Cultural Center (downtown).
Volunteer at Symphony Concerts - Throughout the year, volunteers are needed at each concert to pass out programs, direct patrons to their seats, and help at Maestro's Terrace.
For all volunteer opportunities with the Guild, please refer to your yearbook and contact the committee chair. If you are not a member and would like more information, please call our Executive Assistant, Mary Rush, at 336.486.5355, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer at the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra office or at concerts, please contact Nancy Wells at 336.335.5456.
To see a full calendar of our Guild year, please click this link.