Volunteer Opportunities

Join the bsav and share in the pride of supporting one of the world's great orchestras. Your contribution of time and skills will help keep the music alive for generations to come.
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.



To become a volunteer, follow the steps below:

  1. Apply
    Email the Volunteer Office at bsav@bso.org, complete with your contact information and volunteering interests.

  2. 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.

  3. Pledge your Time
    Commit to the BSO with a minimum pledge of 20 hours of service annually.

  4. 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 & Staff

Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers Executive Committee Members

Martin Levine, Chair
Gerald L. Dreher, Vice-Chair, Boston
Alexandra Warshaw, Vice-Chair, Tanglewood

Susan Price, Secretary

Co-Chairs, Boston

Suzanne Baum, Trish Lavoie, Leah Lee

Co-Chairs, Tanglewood
Judith Benjamin, Bob Braun, David Galpern

Liaisons, Tanglewood
Glass Houses, Stanley Feld
Ushers, Carolyn Ivory

Nina Jung: Director of Board, Donor, & Volunteer Engagement
Erin Asbury: Manager of Volunteer Services




Contact Information 
Volunteer Office Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Telephone: (617) 638-9390

Email: bsav@bso.org

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