The New York Philharmonic Volunteer Council was created in 1980 to coordinate the talents, time, and energy of people who care about music and the Orchestra.

The Council has a committee–based structure and is led by a president and executive committee — all drawn from the volunteer membership. Volunteers perform various functions at concerts and special events, and work behind the scenes to support the staff of the New York Philharmonic. Through its committees the Council offers many opportunities for participation in a wide range of activities and welcomes new volunteers who wish to have a long-term involvement with a community of individuals who are dedicated to the Philharmonic and the spirit of volunteerism.

New York Philharmonic volunteers are very dedicated and we rely upon them to fulfill their responsibilities. We want to make certain that you are comfortable with our needs. Therefore, please take the time to review the requirements of volunteering at the New York Philharmonic before you submit your application.

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  • Requirements of Membership

    Volunteers are required to support the New York Philharmonic by becoming a Friends member at the Supporter level ($100.00) or higher.

    All volunteers must sign a Letter of Agreement annually, promising to honor the guidelines and rules of the Council.

    All first year members are required to work a minimum of twelve (12) times during the year, six (6) of which must be at the Gift Kiosk / Book Table. After the first year of membership all Council members are requested to participate in at least two committees. Volunteer Council members are not obligated to work every week, and there is flexibility in the scheduling of assignments; however, once assigned to a project, members are expected to honor their commitments and fulfill their responsibilities.

    All volunteers are required to be proficient in using a computer and have a valid email address. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled through a web-based scheduling system.

  • Benefits

    Volunteers often have access to select performances and rehearsals at which they are working. This is dependent upon the particular responsibility and ticket availability at the time. We offer many wonderful privileges to volunteers according to their respective levels of Annual Funds support, as well as a discount at the Philharmonic Gift Kiosk / Book Table. The New York Philharmonic holds a yearly appreciation event to honor and celebrate the work of members of the Volunteer Council. The greatest benefit of all is knowing how much your assistance means to the New York Philharmonic season.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Gift Kiosk / Book Table — Raises funds for the orchestra through the sale of a variety of items and books.

    Education — Works directly with children and young adults who participate in its various programs.

    Staff Assistance — Helps the Philharmonic staff with mailings and other administrative duties.

    After the first year of membership on the Volunteer Council, there will be opportunities to join various committees, including Guest Services.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Volunteer Council
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