The BSO has relied on the assistance of volunteers for decades, but in 1984, a group of loyal and dedicated supporters of the BSO and Tanglewood first joined forces to ensure that all aspects of the BSO's many educational, service, and fundraising initiatives were top-notch. The Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers (BSAV) currently offers a broad spectrum of programs and activities that members may participate in depending on their areas of interest.
Volunteers may choose to lead tours of historic Symphony Hall or the Tanglewood grounds, participate in special fundraising events, help patrons in the Symphony Shop or Glass House, assist children as they discover the wonders of classical music at youth concerts and the ever-popular instrument playground.
During the 2014-2015 season, around 710 volunteers donated more than 24,000 hours of their time in passionate support of the BSO. The BSAV continues to be a valued partner in helping the BSO maintain its legacy of musical excellence and sustain its community and educational outreach to spread the joy of music far and wide.
To become a volunteer, follow the steps below:
Email the Volunteer Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, complete with your contact information and volunteering interests.
Make a Donation
Supporters of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Annual Funds at the Friends level of $100 or greater are invited to apply to join the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers (BSAV) and donate their time as volunteers. If you wish to volunteer, but find the $100 donation a financial hardship, contact the Volunteer Office to request assistance.
Pledge your Time
Commit to the BSO with a minimum pledge of 20 hours of service annually.
Join a Team
Accept assignment by BSAV Leadership and BSO staff to participate in a specific project or on a committee. Full Project listings are available at the following links for Boston and Tanglewood.
In appreciation of your service as a volunteer, you will receive a wide array of benefits.
BSAV Board Members & StaffBoston Symphony Association of Volunteers Executive Committee Members
Mary Gregorio, Trish Lavoie, George Mellman
Bob Braun, David Galpern, Gabe Kosakoff
Glass Houses, Adele Cukor
Ushers, Carolyn Ivory
Nina Jung: Director of Board, Donor, & Volunteer Engagement
Erin Asbury: Manager of Volunteer Services
Kathleen Pendleton: Assistant Manager of Development Events and Volunteer Services
Volunteer Office Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: (617) 638-9390
The Volunteer Office is pleased to respond to any questions about the BSAV or becoming a BSAV member.
Already a volunteer? Please visit our BSAV online portal - volunteer.bsav.org