Volunteer Notes August 2007

The newsletter for Orchestra Volunteers


 

The Newsletter for
Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

August 2007

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

CONFERENCE NASHVILLE 2007

AUDREY BAIRD AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS 

ARTS ADVOCACY

CROSS-COUNTRY EVENTS 

EMAIL DISCUSSION GROUP 

LET US HEAR FROM YOU 

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NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

Volunteer Council President Penny Van Horn

Volunteer Council President Penny Van Horn

There is great opportunity for the Volunteer Council to serve as a resource for our volunteer organizations.  The 27 members of the Council are experienced volunteer leaders representing orchestras of every level throughout North America.  We hope you will find that their years of experience can provide you with the tools needed to deal with daily challenges and perspective on how volunteers fit into their larger orchestra family. 

We recognize that the 21st century presents many challenges for volunteers. To meet these challenges, the Volunteer Council provides platforms for leadership development, sharing ideas, and encouraging creativity.  Please send in your feedback to help us evaluate whether the Council is meeting your needs. 

We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities which are listed below, and always available on the League’s website.

·  Join us at the National Performing Arts Convention, June 11-14, 2008 in Denver, where the League’s annual Conference will join with other arts organizations for this unique opportunity to learn and network.  

· Consider hosting a Regional Workshop in your area. Regional Workshops are designed to assist volunteer organizations in the areas of membership, marketing, fundraising, and leadership.

· Request a mentor.  Former members of the Volunteer Council are available upon request to provide guidance for your volunteer organization. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a mentor today.

· Join the Volunteer Email Discussion Group. Share experiences and knowledge, ask questions, and receive answers from other volunteer leaders.

 · Submit projects for inclusion in the 2007-2008 Gold Book Online. Share your success stories and be considered for a Gold or Silver Award by submitting online

· Connect with current Council members. Each fall, members of the Council contact volunteer presidents across the country to learn about successes, discuss challenges, and determine the issues you want addressed. If you do not receive a call or e-mail by October 15, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

· Share this newsletter with your board members by forwarding Volunteer Notes.  The Volunteer Council is always available to help. A roster of the Volunteer Council members with their geographic locations and email addresses can be found here.  Please contact me or any Volunteer Council member at any time--we would love to hear from you. 

Penny Van Horn (Chicago, IL)

Volunteer Council President 2007-08

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CONFERENCE NASHVILLE 2007

Volunteers listen to a speech by composer Joan Tower at the Volunteer Networking Luncheon.

Volunteers listen to a speech by composer Joan Tower at the Volunteer Networking Luncheon.

RECORD NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS ATTEND CONFERENCE

 More than two hundred orchestra volunteers attended the American Symphony Orchestra League Conference in Nashville.   In addition to the popular Gold Award Presentations and the Silver Award Roundtable discussions, three Volunteer Leadership programs were given.  The president and president-elect group discussed creative meetings, group dynamics, and volunteer/staff relationships.  Another session featured activities that help determine how to create and implement a vision for success.  The third, an interactive presentation, highlighted fiscal policies, budgets, taxes and fundraising.  In addition to the leadership programs, two networking meals allowed volunteers to discuss their mutual challenges with peers.  Those who attended the networking luncheon enjoyed a dynamic speech by composer Joan Tower. 

The Conference opening ceremony was held in Ryman Auditorium.  What an experience to sit in the original pews of the Grand Ole Opry and witness performances by the Curb Youth Orchestra as well as Nashville fiddler Maddie Denton, who was featured in the HBO special The Music in Me. Marin Alsop, music director designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, served as keynote speaker. 

The closing ceremony began with an original country-western song titled You Can’t Call Me ASOL Anymore to commemorate the League’s vote during the annual Conference Luncheon to change its name to the League of American Orchestras.  

It is not too early to start planning for the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention in Denver on June 11–14, 2008.  The theme for this convention, which will combine the national conferences of the League of American Orchestras, Chorus America, Dance/USA, Early Music America, OPERA America and the Theatre Communications Group, is Taking Action Together

Sandra Leister (San Francisco, CA)

Volunteer Council 2008 Conference Chair  

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AUDREY BAIRD AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Dee Page presentts the Audrey Baird Audience Development Award-winning project

Dee Page presentts the Audrey Baird Audience Development Award-winning project

Audrey Baird is a past president of the Volunteer Council and a 1996 recipient of the Gold Baton Award, the highest honor given by the American Symphony Orchestra League.  Because Audrey feels so strongly that audience development is a vital part of the future of all orchestras, she has graciously sponsored an annual award to volunteer organizations that develop programs or events to increase ticket sales.

The 2007 Audrey Baird Award was presented to The Volunteer Committees for the Philadelphia Orchestra for their innovative project Pre-Concert Backstage Picnic with the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This event brought people of all ages together to enjoy a concert while simultaneously giving volunteers an opportunity to disseminate information about programs offered by the Philadelphia Orchestra and its Volunteer Committees.

For more information on this outstanding event, please visit the Gold Book Online.  

Lynne Nisoff (Albany, NY) 

Volunteer Council Member

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ARTS ADVOCACY

Arts Advocacy Chairman  LaDonna Meinders

Arts Advocacy Chairman  LaDonna Meinders

Why is arts advocacy so important?  For orchestra volunteers, it’s all about the music.  It’s about people joining as a community to attend concerts and children having the opportunity to hear orchestral music that will expand their minds. 

As volunteers, we are committed to keeping our orchestras playing. This is why we advocate for support, why we write to Congress, and why we are constant advocates for live orchestral music in our communities.  There are hundreds of ways to be an arts advocate--even giving a gift of concert tickets is a way to support the orchestra and create new patrons.

Through advocacy, we can increase awareness of orchestral music and preserve music education in our communities.  Music classes in schools and camps, children’s concerts, and instrument instruction all help children succeed in life while live concerts and youth orchestra performances create and sustain pride in the community.

Arts advocacy is our privilege and our responsibility.  Keep reading Volunteer Notes for things we can all do to keep music alive and well in our communities. Thanks for all you do to promote and sustain orchestras in America.  For more information on advocacy, click here.

LaDonna Meinders (Oklahoma City, OK)

Volunteer Council Arts Advocacy Chairman

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CROSS-COUNTRY EVENTS

Atlanta-s day-long interactive musical open house for all ages

Atlanta’s day-long interactive musical open house for all ages

Symphony Celebration, a Musical Open House, is being planned by the Atlanta Symphony Associates (Georgia) for October 6, 2007.  What is the Symphony Celebration?  It’s a big, noisy, hands-on, get to know the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra day--an interactive musical open house for all ages.  Attendees can experience music-themed demonstrations, workshops and exhibits.  This event features five venues where musical groups from the Atlanta Metropolitan area will perform throughout the day. There is even a T-Shirt Design Contest!

 

Vanguard – Albany Symphony, Inc. (NY) is getting in full swing to welcome back all their members and bring enthusiasm to the group for a new, fun-filled season of service to their orchestra.  They will be holding their annual Garden Party which is scheduled for September.  A friend of Vanguard will be opening her beautiful historic home and gardens for the afternoon event.  All current members are invited and encouraged to bring a friend who might be interested in joining their organization.  The Garden Party has a two-fold mission:   to get their volunteers involved once again in all the upcoming activities and to recruit new members!

 

The Jackson Symphony League, which supports the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, will be holding its Symphony Ball 2007 on September 29.  Karen Flowers, President of the League, reports that 300-400 attendees will enjoy the event at the Jackson Country Club; it will include both silent and live (with art) auctions.  Themed Radio Days – a Salute to Swing, the Ball will offer several sponsorship levels which will assist in reaching the goal of $120,000.

 

After 34 years of sponsoring a Designer Show House, the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC) has decided to change course for their major fundraiser.  October 25-28 2007 will be the dates for the first annual Celebrations, a four-day event which will feature 20 designer vignettes featuring holiday events such as birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas.  Also included will be boutiques, lectures, floral and cooking demonstrations, and evening parties.

 

Lynne Nisoff, (Albany, NY)

Volunteer Council Member

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EMAIL DISCUSSION GROUP

Use the League’s Volunteer email discussion group to network with other volunteer leaders. Just sign up and follow the discussions as they are emailed to you.  Submit questions about all areas of volunteering and get information from other organizations and Volunteer Council members. Click here for more information about this service and a form to enroll.  When selecting a discussion group, be sure to select “Volunteers.”

The discussion group is just one of the many services the Volunteer Council provides.  We hope you will take advantage of this useful resource.

Sandra Weingarten (Brownsville, OR)

Email Discussion/Website Chairman

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VOLUNTEER NOTES Chairman Janet Barb

VOLUNTEER NOTES Chairman Janet Barb

The Volunteer Notes goal is to provide relevant and useful information to volunteer organizations across the United States and Canada.  To better serve you, we would like to know what topics would be most helpful.  Please tell us if you would like to read more skill-building topics, cross-country news, successful projects, or other subjects.  Your input is important.  As the Council editor of Volunteer Notes, I hope to hear your suggestions soon; please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Janet Barb (Indianapolis, IN)

Volunteer Notes Chairman