Volunteer Notes August 2008

The newsletter for Orchestra Volunteers

 

 

The Newsletter for
Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

August 2008

Notes from Our President: Who is the Volunteer Council and What Do We Do?

Introducing: The 2008 Class of Volunteer Council Members

Celebrating: A Recap of the 2008 League Conference and National Performing Arts Convention
 

Participating: Submit to The Gold Book Online

Communicating: Email Discussion Group

Relating: Regional Workshop Coming to Montana

Hearing From You

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VOLUNTEER NOTES is published bi-monthly by the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras, the nonprofit service and educational organization dedicated to the development of American symphony orchestras and to the cultural vitality of the
communities they serve.

 

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NEED A MENTOR? Volunteer Sustainers Can Help

LET’S TALK! Volunteer Discussion Groups

GOLD BOOK ONLINE -- The resource for volunteer projects

Notes from Our President: Who is the Volunteer Council and What Do We Do?

Volunteer Council President Judy Christl

Volunteer Council President Judy Christl

Are you aware of the resources and support available to you as an orchestra volunteer?  

It is my pleasure, as president of the Volunteer Council, to share with you everything the League of American Orchestras can provide for orchestra volunteers.  

One of the most valuable things that we can offer to you is the personal, expert support of the Council itself. Council members are accomplished volunteers and community leaders who work to provide the best resources to each of our orchestra volunteer associations. They come from all sizes and types of orchestras across the country, bringing a breadth of experience to assist you. The Council strives to provide you with the information and tools that will enable you to face your orchestra’s challenges. We are committed to providing platforms for leadership development, sharing ideas, and encouraging innovation.  

As always, if you know of something that would be valuable to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

Below is a listing of programs and services available through the League and the Volunteer Council. Please visit the volunteer section of the League’s website for more information.    

  • Submit your programs and projects for the 2008-2009 Gold Book Online. Add to this warehouse of excellent volunteer-initiated ideas and explore the creative ideas of others.
  • Participate in Email Discussion Groups to share experiences and knowledge, pose questions, and get answers from other volunteer leaders. 
  • Connect with Volunteer Council members through Touch Base Phone Calls about your successes and challenges. Each fall, Council members pick up the phone and call volunteer presidents across the country. This is our opportunity to talk with you about your volunteer needs. If you are interested in a Touch Base Phone Call and do not receive a phone call or email by October 15, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a contact.
  • Consider hosting a Regional Workshop in your area. This program focuses on the specific needs of a community or region. Volunteer groups can apply to host a Regional Workshop and work with us to create the right program.
  • Request a Mentor. Former Volunteer Council members are available upon request to provide guidance for your volunteer organization on a wide variety of subjects. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a mentor.
  • Forward this newsletter to your board members and volunteer staff—we encourage you to share Volunteer Notes with anyone you think would enjoy it.
  • Use the Volunteer Council Roster to share your comments, questions, concerns, and triumphs with us. We want to hear from you. 

I look forward to working with you to provide the valuable support that only volunteers can give to the orchestra family.  

Judy Christl,
Volunteer Council President
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Introducing: The 2008 Class of Volunteer Council Members

Each year we say goodbye to Council members who have completed their terms, and happily welcome new members who bring their unique talents and experiences to the Council. This year we welcome three new members who began their terms at our meetings in Denver this past June. 

Sue Ashby comes to us from Jacksonville, FL, where she is a member of the Guild of the Jacksonville Symphony. Her service to the Guild includes two years as president, as well as co-chair of the Symphony Showhouse. Additionally, Sue is on the Board of the Jacksonville Symphony, and chairs their Education/Outreach Committee. Before moving to Florida, Sue was president of the St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary in Portland, OR, an organization of over 1,000 members. 

Bev Jennings has served for several years on the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Symphony (NC) and has chaired several of its committees. Bev brings experience with building a volunteer organization; she was the founder and president of the Encore Society, currently a 125 member volunteer association. Her activities in support of the Winston-Salem Symphony include improving the orchestra’s “Maestro’s Circle” and participating in the two-year search for a new music director. She also has served on the marketing and nominating and development committees of the board. Bev’s other philanthropic activities include serving on the board of the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County. 

Under Dee Tenney’s leadership, the Lincoln Symphony Guild (NE) was awarded the Mayor’s Arts Organization Award for significant contributions to the arts. Dee serves on the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Board’s Executive Committee and has been active on the Donor Appreciation Committee. Prior to her work with the orchestra, Dee was a co-founder of the Arts Ambassadors, a group organized to support the arts by attending a variety of arts venues throughout the year. Dee also served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum during their planning and building of a new five-million dollar facility. 

The Volunteer Council is pleased to welcome these talented and capable women. Each new class makes the Council stronger and better equipped to serve you, the orchestra volunteer.  

Do you have someone you would like to nominate for service on the Volunteer Council? Please click here for a nomination form and more information.  

Sandra Weingarten
Volunteer Notes Editor
Volunteer Council

Celebrating: A Recap of the 2008 League Conference and National Performing Arts Convention

National Performing Arts Convention Opening Party

National Performing Arts Convention Opening Party

The 2008 League Conference took place this past June, in conjunction with the National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC). In addition to the League’s traditional constituency sessions, NPAC offered a unique opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary sessions and the AmericaSpeaks: 21st Century Town Hall Meeting. More than 3,600 artists, managers, executives, trustees, volunteers, and other arts supporters gathered in Denver to celebrate the arts and learn together.

It was an exciting and busy four days for everyone, especially the volunteers who came from all over the United States to hear wonderful speakers, network, and learn from each other. We had several outstanding speakers, including Vicki Clark of BoardSource, who discussed generational volunteerism and the steps volunteers can take to incorporate the working styles of several generations of volunteers. Click on the following links for our archives of Volunteer Conference presentations:
The Changing Volunteer Environment  
Communications Styles and Generational Differences in Volunteerism

In addition, the Volunteer Council introduced the Awards of Excellence (formerly called Gold and Silver Awards.) The Volunteer Council is pleased to recognize the following 10 volunteer associations for their outstanding volunteer driven projects:  

  • Friends of the Colorado Music Festival
    Festival of Dinners, Plus…
  • Fort Collins Symphony Guild
    Sharp/Flats – Tour of Downtown Fort Collins Lofts
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends
    The “Chair” Project
  • The Guild of the Greenville Symphony
    The Black & White Ball
  • Committee of Professional Women for the Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Opening the Concert Hall for Disadvantaged Children
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League
    Meet the Artist Luncheons
  • Richmond Symphony Orchestra League
    The Symphony Attic
  • Fanfare, The Symphony Guild of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
    Variations on a “Painted Violin” Theme
  • Women’s Symphony League of Tyler
    From Football to Opera
  • The Orchestra of Southern Utah, Friends of Music Guild
    Spanish Trail

League Conference participants had the opportunity to experience Powerpoint presentations, as well as a unique panel comprised of “simply successful” volunteer projects. Congratulations to all of our award winners! Be sure to check them all out on the League’s website at americanorchestras.org or by clicking here.  

There was much to do in Denver, with NPAC bringing together all performing arts disciplines, not just for learning, but for unique artistic and networking opportunities as well. AmericaSpeaks was a great example of this unity. The daily discussion questions, feedback, and the final voting results are available at performingartsconvention.org by clicking here.  

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra played a beautiful program including a moving piece, Styx for Viola, Chorus and Orchestra, by Giya Kancheli, featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Friday’s opera, John Adams’s Nixon In China, was a colorful production including several televisions showing news footage of Nixon. As always, we saw old friends and made new ones. You can see the highlights of this special quadrennial conference by clicking here.  

The 64th National Conference of the League of American Orchestras will be held June 9-13, 2009 in Chicago. Please save the date and plan to meet your colleagues for another fulfilling and fun-filled experience! 

Grace Seitz
2009 Conference Chair
Volunteer Council

Participating: Submit to The Gold Book Online

The Gold Book Online Awards of Excellence Winners with Penny Van Horn

The Gold Book Online Awards of Excellence Winners with Penny Van Horn

You have the opportunity to share your ideas with volunteer organizations everywhere! 

The Gold Book Online is a vital resource for orchestra volunteers because of submissions from you. Each time a volunteer association submits a project it strengthens this effective resource. Because sharing ideas and educating each other is the core of The Gold Book Online, all award winners share their projects with the volunteers at the League’s annual Conference. If you submit now, you may be a presenter at the 2009 Conference in Chicago. 

The deadline for inclusion in the 2009 collection of Gold Book Online projects has been extended to September 1, 2008. Please submit now!

Click here to go directly to our submission form. All projects will be read and reviewed at the Volunteer Council’s fall meeting, and the award-winning projects will be selected. If your project is nominated for an Award of Excellence, the Volunteer Council will contact you in January 2009. Once an association accepts the award, we begin working with you on your Conference presentation. Associations also receive a small cash prize from the Volunteer Council as congratulations for a job well done. 

Whether your project is new or “not-so-new,” it belongs on The Gold Book Online. A new twist on an existing project often inspires others! All submissions will be posted on The Gold Book Online so other volunteers can learn from and enjoy your great ideas. There is no limit on the amount of submissions, so go ahead and submit a project today.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KC Skolnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ginger Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Ginger Kelly
Project Selection Chair
Volunteer Council

Communicating: Email Discussion Group

Email Discussion/
															Website Chair Sandra Brown

Email Discussion/
Website Chair Sandra Brown

The League Conference in Denver was attended by over 100 orchestra volunteers, who shared their ideas on subjects from fundraising to new approaches to volunteerism. We were also reminded of the value of networking with colleagues from all over the country. In between opportunities to network with each other in person, the League provides an online email discussion group. This group is your forum to share information and other topics of interest to you and your organization, and to ask your volunteer colleagues questions that are on the mind of you and your association. 

Once you are subscribed to the list, posting a question is as easy as addressing your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Click here to subscribe to the Volunteer Email Discussion Group 

I look forward to hearing from you.  

Sandra Brown
Email Discussion/Website Chair
Volunteer Council

Relating: Regional Workshop Coming to Montana

Wendy Kelman, Regional Workshop Chair

Wendy Kelman, Regional Workshop Chair

REGIONAL WORKSHOP, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008, IN
BOZEMAN, MT
 

Join the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras and the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras for a day of training, presentations, and interactive discussion for orchestra volunteers. This workshop is open to volunteers, staff, board members, and anyone else interested in sharing ideas. Participants will gather at the C’Mon Inn for coffee at 9:15 am, with presentations from 10 to 4. There will be two presentations in this one-day workshop. Caryl Kassoy of Boulder, Wendy Kelman of Los Angeles, and Charles Cagle of Nashville, and KC Skolnik from the League will engage everyone in lively discussion and exchange of ideas. Don't miss this opportunity to network with other volunteers facing similar challenges in the areas of membership and leadership, including how to start a volunteer support group and engaging generations X and Y. Registration deadline is September 11. Please click here for more a registration form and more info. You may also contact KC Skolnik at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Wendy Kelman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Wendy Kelman
Regional Workshop Chair

Hearing From You

Sandra Weingarten, Volunteer Notes Editor

Sandra Weingarten, Volunteer Notes Editor

The goal of Volunteer Notes is to provide relevant, useful, and timely information to volunteer organizations across the United States and Canada.To better serve you, we would like to know what topics are of most interest to you. Your input is important to us, and I encourage you to contact me with your comments and suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sandra Weingarten
Volunteer Notes Editor
Volunteer Council

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