Volunteers are an important resource to the orchestra community. The League thanks them for supporting orchestras everywhere. See below, and in the left hand menu, for all the resources the League has to offer.
- Gold Book Project of the Month
- Special offer to Conference attendees!
- Volunteer Council
- Resources and Programs
- Other Non-League Resources
It's in the Bag! is an auction of handbags filled with gifts, and is a great fundraiser that has been done for several years now by the Spokane Symphony Associates.
"We begin with new and gently used bags given to us by our members, then added donated symphony concert tickets, gift certificates, and other items based on the theme of the event. The bags are then placed in a silent auction.
"Each time the auction has been done we have modified it to better suit the occasion. The most successful auction was when we procured fashionable styles from boutiques. Those present seemed more willing to bid higher on the latest handbags.
"We have recently used plastic tote bags holding tulips donated by a florist plus the usual prizes. This year we plan to have flowers in totes of moss covered wire for our event held just before Easter.
"One factor that has contributed to the success of the auction seems to be how much opportunity there is to look over the bags before attendees make their final bid.
"Adding this silent auction to luncheons, annual meetings, card parties, or galas makes any event a fundraiser."
For more information on this Gold Book Award winning project, please visit It’s in the Bag! For other project ideas visit Gold Book and search for projects of interest to you. Gold Book is a resource for successful projects dating back to 2005, and facilitates easy networking and information sharing between organizations.
Planning to attend the League Conference in Seattle this June? Holland America Line and the Seattle Symphony invite you to extend your visit and embark on a round-trip cruise to Alaska, June 7–14, 2014, following the Conference. Special group fares have been arranged and opportunities to meet other League members and their guests are being planned.
Holland America Line, a Seattle Symphony corporate sponsor, is offering the League of American Orchestras members the following:
- Special group pricing on a variety of rooms. Many include ocean views and verandahs. Make a deposit early for the best selection of rooms.
- Package includes 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite, delightful dining options, and onboard amenities on the ms Westerdam, one of Holland America’s newest mid-sized ships.
- Watch the sun set over the Olympic Mountains while cruising beautiful Puget Sound, after a 4pm departure from Seattle on June 7.
- Invitation to a League cocktail party while at sea on Sunday, June 8
- Dine with League group members by selecting the early dining option at 5:45pm in the Main Dining Room.
- Itinerary includes cruising scenic Glacier Bay National Park and visiting Alaskan ports at Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria, BC (passport required).
For reservations call 1 877 SAIL HAL (1 877 724 5425) and ask for the League of American Orchestras group pricing. (Group Code: TQJ, Voyage W450). To learn more, visit Holland America Line Alaskan Cruise June 7-14.
The Volunteer Council and the League of American Orchestras provide leadership skills and assistance to orchestra volunteers through ongoing education and communication.
The Council works as your link to the League, by informing the League of critical volunteer issues and delivering the most pertinent learning and leadership development to your volunteer association.
The Volunteer Council is celebrating 50 years of serving America's orchestras! See the video for some of the highlights of the past 50 years.
The League recognizes and thanks the Volunteer Council and Sustainers for their longtime support of the Annual Fund, Campaign, and National Conference, and in particular for their countless hours providing assistance to volunteers in the field.
- Fundraising Webinar
This webinar covers the fundamentals of fundraising for symphony volunteer organizations regardless of budget size
- Recruiting Webinar
This webinar covers attracting and retaining volunteers
- GoldBook Online
This is your online source for successful volunteer audience development/community engagement, communication/technology, education, leadership/organizational structure, membership, fund-raising, and service projects.
(Gold Book Preparation Form; Preparation Form to Print)
- Advocacy for Volunteers
An Advocacy Guide for Volunteers from the League’s Advocacy and Government department
- Join a discussion
Stay connected via e-mail discussion groups, courtesy of the League
- League Membership for Orchestra Volunteers
Join the League today!
- Volunteer Bylaws
- Volunteer Notes
The newsletter for Orchestra Volunteers
- Membership Skill Builder
Learn how to recruit, retain and engage members of your volunteer organization.
- Fundraising Skill Builder
Teach your volunteers to be effective fundraisers.
- Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers
The Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers (AMSOV) is a networking and support organization for volunteer leaders of major symphony orchestras with top tier budgets in the United States and Canada