Volunteer Notes Winter 2011

The Newsletter for
Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

Winter 2011

 

Greeting: A Message from Our President

 

 

Networking Via the Net: Email Discussion Group

 

 

Attending Conference 2011: Join Us in the Twin Cities!

 

 

Mentoring Circle: The Next Step in League Learning

 

Orchestras Feeding America 2011: The Drive is On

 

Sampling: A Look at Some Events Around the Nation

 

 

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VOLUNTEER NOTES is published four times a year 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
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Greeting: A Message from Our President

Heather Moore, Volunteer Council President

Heather Moore, Volunteer Council President

Happy 2011!

I know all of you have exciting and ambitious plans for your organizations in the coming months. We hope you will share your ideas and results with all of us through the wide variety of communication opportunities available to each of you through the League.

♫ Network with your volunteer colleagues on all topics by joining the
discussion group. The e-discussions are ongoing--you may
participate in the discussion or just read for information. (To sign up, see “Networking Via the Net: Email Discussion Group” below.)

♫ Read about volunteer projects at goldbookonline.org. We
encourage you to submit your projects as they are completed
throughout the year. You will find the forms for submission on the
website. This form can also serve as a guide for your organization’s
final report. Projects submitted now through September 1, 2011 will
be judged for the 2012 Conference.

♫ Budget now to attend the National Conference in the Twin Cities,
June 6–10, 2011. Plan to arrive Monday to begin your networking
for the week. We will offer a special afternoon session at no
additional expense to you and the very popular Dine-Arounds that
evening. Watch the League’s website, americanorchestras.org, for
Conference updates and hotel information beginning in February.

♫ Gather your fundraising chairs and leadership to watch the
Volunteer Fundraising Webinar. This webinar offers several
ideas for planning and implementing many types of fundraisers.
Visit the League’s website or contact Samara Ungar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

♫ Share with the Volunteer Council what is going on in your volunteer
organization by including us on your newsletter recipient list. Just
send it via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Volunteer Council members look forward to hearing how you help fulfill the mission and tackle the the challenges facing your orchestras. We strive to find ways in which volunteers across the country can support each other and orchestras nationwide. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggestions on how we might better serve you.

Heather Moore
Volunteer Council President

 

Networking Via the Net: Email Discussion Group

A great service and a valuable tool for volunteers is the League’s email discussion group. This provides the ultimate forum for sharing information and ideas with orchestra volunteer leadership from around the nation. It is easy, free, and requires only as much time as you wish to give.

Questions may be posed by any member, at any time and any member may reply. Everyone in the group receives all the correspondence submitted, whether or not they participate directly in the discussion.

This is a great way for you to:

  • Connect with other orchestra volunteer leaders nationwide.
  • Seek answers to questions about any facet of orchestra volunteerism.
  • Help out other orchestra volunteer organizations by sharing your group’s best practices and knowledge.


We hope you will take full advantage of this service and encourage other members of your organization’s leadership to join as well. Join today by emailing Samara Ungar, meetings and logistics manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Attending Conference 2011: Join Us in the Twin Cities!

Volunteer Council members take a break from their annual Fall planning meeting to visit one of Minneapolis-s loveliest attractions - the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Volunteer Council members take a break from their annual Fall planning meeting to visit one of Minneapolis’s loveliest attractions - the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Your Volunteer Council is actively planning and will be presenting a stimulating, informative, and productive program at the League’s upcoming National Conference, June 6–10, 2011.

Each year at Conference, the volunteer-oriented sessions are designed to address topical issues and opportunities to help symphony volunteers become more energized, creative, and committed at planning their current and ongoing programs and events.

Attendees participate in imaginative, relevant, and knowledgeable presentations and workshops. Projects from orchestra volunteer groups around the nation in a variety of categories are presented in two formats: Awards of Excellence PowerPoint presentations and Roundtables.

Other Conference benefits include tremendous networking opportunities to learn, share, and explore the current issues facing all symphony volunteer organizations today.

This year attendees will also have the chance to attend the concerts of two outstanding symphony orchestras—the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.Begin planning now to attend the League’s National Conference—it will definitely reward you and your volunteer organization many times over!

Herb Rossmeisl
2011 Volunteer Council Conference Chair

Mentoring Circle: The Next Step in League Learning

Knowing how invested you are in your orchestra’s success, we want to personally invite you to take part in the next step of the League’s learning opportunities.

Beginning in February, we will be offering a series of six monthly, 90-minute discussions via telephone designed specifically for new volunteer presidents and president-elects.

This Mentoring Circle is a unique opportunity to connect with other orchestra volunteer presidents and presidents-elects who have the same questions and are facing similar situations as you.
Facilitated by Heather Moore, League of American Orchestras Volunteer Council President former president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, this guided peer-to-peer learning offers networking, sharing, and personal insight from an experienced volunteer president. The sessions will also include guest experts on various topics.

Here’s what a past participant says about their Mentoring Circle: “The size of the Mentoring Circle makes it easy for everyone to participate in the discussions, yet still learn from others and their experiences. Topics were timely, useful, and covered a broad range of issues. I wouldn’t change anything.”

For more information or to register for this Mentoring Circle by February 4, please click here. For more information about the League or other opportunities available to you through your orchestra’s membership, visit americanorchestras.org.

Please also feel free to contact Samara Ungar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646 822 4083 with any additional questions.

Orchestras Feeding America 2011: The Drive is On

Now in its third year, Orchestras Feeding America is the single largest orchestra project serving communities nationwide. In the last two years, more than 250 orchestras from all 50 states have collected over 300,000 pounds of food in support of this effort. As volunteers invested in your respective orchestras, we hope you will encourage your orchestra to join in this year’s drive.

March is the official Orchestras Feeding America month, but we encourage any orchestras conducting food drives over the summer or holiday season to participate and add to the 2011 total.

If you have any questions about the 2011 Orchestras Feeding America food drive, contact Devin Segal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sampling: A Look at Some Events Around the Nation

The winter months may be the time for hibernation for some, but not orchestra volunteer organizations! Below is a sampling of some local events taking place in the upcoming 2 months.

February 12
Canton Symphony Orchestra League, Canton, OH
Mardi Gras Ball!
This is the 2nd annual Mardi Gras Ball, held this year at the Shady Hollow Country Club. This year’s festive evening is sure to dazzle your senses and lift your spirits. Attendees will enjoy fabulous food, casino gaming, prizes, cash bar, and dancing the night away to the beat of the Grand Avenue Band. The highlight of the evening will be the crowning of Canton’s own Mardi Gras King and Queen, chosen by a public vote.
$75 per person/ $560 per table of 8

February 23

The League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head, SC
Fashion Show and Luncheon
What better way to spend a mid-winter afternoon? Doors at the Sea Pines Country Club open at 11:00 a.m., where lunch will be presented by Chef Max Johnson. Following immediately will be the fashion show. Guests will also receive table “swag,” door prizes, and will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items such as art objects, jewelry, and golf packages.
The Hilton Head Youth Orchestra will perform.
$40 per person

March 5
Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra League, Bismarck, ND
Wild-N-Wooly
Boots-N-Buckles

Casual, western attire is the dress for this evening of fun at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel. It all begins with social time and a silent auction at 6:00 p.m., followed by a buffet supper with entertainment. The live auction begins at 8:00 p.m., and afterwards, the evening continues with dancing.
$35 per person/ $280 per table of 8

March 12

New Mexico Symphony Guild, Albuquerque, NM
54th Annual Symphony Guild Ball
This exceptional, formal celebration is an extraordinary evening of festivities. There will be silent and live auctions, an elegant dinner, and dancing to the music of the Birds of Paradise. In addition, guests will experience the beautiful music of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra as the Señoritas are formally presented. Black tie optional.
$150 per person

The easiest way for the Volunteer Council to keep informed about all the orchestra volunteer associations across the country, is for those organizations to send us their newsletters! This can be easily done via email. Just add us to your email recipient list: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We look forward to hearing from you!

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