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Support the BSO


Join the Boston Symphony Orchestra Association of Volunteers (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.
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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 Gift Shops, or assist children as they discover the wonders of classical music at Youth Concerts and the ever-popular Instrument Playground.

To become a volunteer, email with your contact information, and if you are interested in volunteering in Boston, at Tanglewood, or both.

You will be emailed information, including an application to fill out and return.

Interviews for Boston volunteers are in the late fall, and interviews for Tanglewood are in early June.

Volunteers are required to serve 20 hours annually, and also to be a Friend of the Boston Symphony, Pops, or Tanglewood. If you wish to volunteer but find the $100 donation a financial hardship, please contact the Volunteer Office to request assistance.

Volunteers are asked to join at least one volunteer project. Full project listings are available at the following links for Boston and Tanglewood. (Not all projects currently have openings.)

In appreciation of your service as a volunteer, you will receive a wide array of benefits.

Volunteer Opportunities

BSAV Board Members & Staff

Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers Executive Committee Members

Bob Braun, Chair
Cathy Mazza, Vice-Chair, Boston
Susan Price, Vice-Chair, Tanglewood
Beverly Pieper, Secretary

Co-Chairs, Boston
Karen Brown, Greg Chetel, Melissa Riesgo

Co-Chairs, Tanglewood
Nancy Finn, Judy Levin, Phyllis Pollack

Liaisons, Tanglewood
Glass Houses, Peter Geller
Ushers, Lynne Harding

Contact Information

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?

Visit our BSAV online portal!