Music Education & Youth Development

Volunteer Opportunities


Musical Petting Zoo

What:  For young children, a hands-on introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Presented in conjunction with The Charlotte Symphony's Family Concert Series, as well as at ImaginOn. No musical experience necessary.

When:  Family Series concerts are Saturday mornings; ImaginOn is Saturdays, midday. Various dates during the school year.

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Young Artists Competition

What: The Guild's oldest project (since 1955), this regional competition is for secondary school students ages 12-18. Volunteer opportunities are varied, including assistance at check-in, practice room monitoring, escorting participants to and from the performance area, facility set-up/take-down, providing refreshments, interfacing with judges and serving on the awards committee.

When: A Saturday half-day in late January or early February.

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Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras

Auditions

What: Greet and sign in youth musicians; escort them to warm-up rooms and audition area; monitor warm-up rooms.

When: Early spring, both weekend and weekday, afternoon and evening shifts.

Rehearsals

What: Greet musicians and families as they arrive; attend rehearsal.

When: Monday and Tuesday evenings; occasionally, weekends.

Concerts

What: Direct musicians to backstage, audience seating and lobby areas, as needed; oversee musicians during transition and break times; help at Will Call; usher.

When: Both weekday and weekend evenings during the school year.

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Project Harmony

What: A partnership of The Charlotte Symphony and Arts+, Project Harmony brings musical instruction to children in underserved communities. Guild involvement is needed during homework, snack and recess times. No musical experience necessary.

When:  3 4 p.m. on a weekday, with days of the week varying at the Project Harmony sites. From mid-September to early June.

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