Volunteerism and the League of American Orchestras

Volunteers are a vital resource to the orchestra community and a valued constituency of the League. In conjunction with the League Volunteer Council, the League provides volunteers with critical knowledge and tools for cultivating modern and thriving volunteer support.

The League Volunteer Council is made up of recognized community leaders who have demonstrated outstanding support for their orchestras and who are committed to the goals of the League of American Orchestras. Our Council members represent nineteen volunteer associations affiliated with orchestras from coast to coast and across the entire spectrum of budget tiers. Their leadership provides representation, support, and professional development to volunteer delegates throughout the country via quarterly publications (called "Volunteer Notes"), the volunteer project database, and programming at the League's National Conference. The Council is committed to the ongoing education of its members to meet the current and future needs of volunteer associations in support of their orchestras.

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Volunteer Council, 2018-19

Back Row, Left to Right: Derek Weagle, League of American Orchestras, NY; Beth Wise, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, AL; Sheri Gill, Los Angeles Philharmonic, CA; Bruce Colqhuoun, Spokane Symphony, WA; Sandy Feldman, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD; Camille Williams, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, AK; Ginny Lundquist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, MI; Laurie Skjerseth, Quad City Symphony, IA; Sharon Hatchett, Chicago Sinfonietta, IL; Janet Cabot, Madison Symphony, WI; Cindy Kidwell, East Tyler Symphony Orchestra, TX

Front Row, Left to Right: Tresa A. Radermacher, Northwest Indiana Symphony, IN; Terry Ann White, Amarillo Symphony, TX; Tiffany Ammerman, Marshall Symphony, TX; Becky Odland, Minnesota Orchestra, MN; Linda Stevens, Kansas City Symphony, MO

Join the League!

A membership with the League comes with a number of great benefits for volunteers. Click on a link below to explore membership possibilities.

Individual Membership
Volunteer Association Membership


Resources for Volunteers

Gold Book Online
Your resource for successful volunteer service projects organized by category.

Volunteer Notes
League Volunteer Council Newsletter.

Advocacy for Volunteers
A guide for volunteers from the League’s Advocacy and Government department.

Volunteer ByLaws
Example constitutional bylaws for your volunteer organization.

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.


Partner Organizations

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