About the Associates
The Baltimore Symphony Associates (BSA) continues its long tradition of volunteers in service to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra reaching back to 1942 when it began as the Women's Committee. More than 200 current members use their time, energy and financial support to benefit the BSO’s education programs. Volunteers are an important part of the success of many organizations and this one is no exception.
Do you enjoy meeting and working with a variety of interesting and talented individuals? Do you want to contribute to the success of one of the region's cultural treasures? Do you want to get behind-the-scenes of one of the country's leading orchestras? Do you have a passion for classical music?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then volunteering at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is right for you! Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The valuable time, skills and creativity of dedicated BSA volunteers help keep the Baltimore Symphony's wonderful tradition of artistic excellence alive.
A wide variety of volunteer needs present opportunities for service. Some require only a few hours of your time, while others involve a more serious time commitment. There’s bound to be one that fits your interests, skills and amount of available time.
Below is just a sample of some of the volunteer activities.
One of the most visible ways we serve the BSO is by managing and staffing the Symphony Store located in the Meyerhoff lobby. When concertgoers stop in and purchase something for themselves or a gift for another music lover, they benefit the BSO. The store is open one hour before subscription concerts and during intermissions. BSA members enjoy staffing the store as well as attending the concert.
HOLIDAY SEASON ACTIVITIES
Another project to raise funds for the BSO’s educational programs is the Photo Project. When the BSO presents special holiday concerts, the BSA provides an opportunity for patrons to purchase their photos taken in the decorated Meyerhoff lobby. Other holiday season activities vary from year to year.
OTHER FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
The BSA invites families attending the Saturday Family Concert Series to add a delightful luncheon to their ticket order. It also sponsors several other activities such as luncheons with interesting programs or speakers and social events with a musical theme to raise funds for the BSO.
VOLUNTEER USHERS AND PROGRAM ASSISTANTS
Throughout the performing season, the BSA provides ushers for mid-week education concerts and other special events at the Meyerhoff. The mid-week concerts are presented to tens of thousands of school children from throughout the metropolitan area. BSA volunteers also usher for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras concerts and assist with the Music Box Series and the OrchKids program — an after-school program that combines music learning and mentorship for over 800 Baltimore school children. BSA members may also be asked to assist BSO staff members with projects and may serve as guides for tours of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
BSA Member BenefitsAll Associates are invited to general membership meetings – usually with a guest speaker or performance – as well as an annual meeting in June. Membership dues, starting at just $35 a year, help defray the cost of running the non-profit organization.
BSA membership includes the following benefits:
- Discounted or free concert tickets
- A 10% discount at the Symphony Store
- A discounted price on social events and some BSA programs
- News Notes (BSA’s quarterly newsletter filled with information about the BSA and BSO)
- Free attendance at the concert when volunteering as an usher at educational concerts or in the Symphony Store
- Invitation to an annual Donor Concert
- A complimentary voucher for a BSO concert at Oregon Ridge (member volunteers only)
- Invitation to an annual volunteer recognition event
- Invitation to one open rehearsal (at the $50 and $75 membership levels)
- A 10% discount at An Die Musik (at the $75 membership level)
Contact Us Today!
If you have another idea of how you could volunteer for the BSO, we would love to hear from you. Your time and talents do make a difference! Contact Louise Reiner with the Baltimore Symphony Associates via email at email@example.com or by calling 410.783.8023 today.