Whether as a volunteer, annual contributor, or corporate sponsor, there is a place for you in the Lexington Philharmonic family. You and your donations allow us to achieve our goals of musical artistry, community development, and fiscal security. There are many ways you can get involved with LexPhil and help support over 150 musical activities annually in central and eastern Kentucky.
We appreciate all of our volunteers for the time and effort that they devote to LexPhil and offer a complimentary ticket for each complete event in which you help!
The following volunteer opportunities are already available for the 2012-2013 season. Sign up today by downloading the application!
Instrument "Petting Zoos"
The Lexington Philharmonic presents approximately 100 Instrument Petting Zoos each year in schools, child care facilities, special community and education events, and in conjunction with LexPhil events. The Petting Zoos give children a hands-on opportunity to learn about musical instruments. Knowledge of music / musical instruments is required as an important aspect is modeling how instruments are played and assisting children in producing a sound. Further training will be provided. Volunteering at an Instrument Petting Zoo is a great opportunity for future educators.Specific Instrument Petting Zoo Volunteer Opportunities are:
- Transportation of musical instruments to Instrument Petting Zoo location.
- Modeling sound production on instruments.
- Supervising children and guiding their active engagement.
In 2012-2013, the Lexington Philharmonic will present three Family Series concerts. These events require a large number of volunteers to help with the various pre-concert activities in which children and their families participate. Family Series volunteers should enjoy interacting with children, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude be able to stand for up to two hours, and be available from 1:00pm-4:00pm on concert days which are Sunday, October 28 (Lexington Opera House); Sunday, December 9th (Singletary Center for the Arts); and Sunday, January 13th (Lexington Opera House.)Specific Family Series Volunteer Opportunities are:
- Pre-concert activities: Volunteers may be asked to supervise children while they participate in games and crafts that relate to the theme of each concert.
- Deliver flyers to schools and other community centers to promote family concerts.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Series
The Peanut Butter & Jelly Series is geared toward pre-school aged children and are a wonderful way for little ones to begin a lifelong relationship with music. Added benefits of these performances are tasty peanut butter and jelly sandwiches provided by the JM Smucker Company and Great Harvest Bread. PB&J volunteers should enjoy interacting with children, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude, be able to stand for up to two hours, able to move and lift chairs and instruments and be available from 9:00am-12:30pm on concert days which are Saturday, September 8th (Living Arts & Science Museum); Saturday, November 3rd (Lexington Hearing and Speech Center); Saturday, February 9th (ArtsPlace); and Saturday, April 27th (Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky.)Specific Peanut Butter & Jelly Series Volunteer Opportunities are:
- Instrument Petting Zoos; Children are able to explore many different instruments. This activity engages young minds through hands-on learning and experience.
- Assist children in making PB&J Sandwiches
- Load-in and set up/Load-out and tear down of Instrument Petting Zoo, snack table, etc.
- Deliver flyers to community centers and retail outlets to promote Peanut Butter and Jelly concerts.
Year round in-class lessons on a specific program theme and in-school ensemble performances are driven by a kick off concert by the orchestra at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Educators will then be able to refer to this experience as they build curriculum and lessons throughout the school year. This program also provides a unique tool for covering state mandated core content and serves as a bridge for teaching other subjects like math, science and social studies. Volunteers should enjoy interacting with children, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude, become familiar with the performance venue, be able to stand for up to two hours and be available from 9:00am-1:00pm on performance day which is Friday, October 26 (Lexington Opera House).Specific Discovery Program Volunteer Opportunities are:
- School escorts: One escort would be assigned to each group in attendance. This person would greet the assigned group upon arrival, escort them to their seats, sit with the assigned group during the concert, ask students questions about the performance to enhance the learning atmosphere (suggestions will be provided), assist them in exiting the hall and boarding their bus in an orderly fashion.
- Call schools to provide educators with information about Discovery prior to the concerts.
Marketing and General Administrative Duties
The Lexington Philharmonic needs assistance in the completion of various ongoing administrative/clerical tasks and those associated with various Marketing and Development mailings and communications. With such a small staff, experienced office volunteers are an important support system for the organization Specific Administrative Needs are:
- Filing and photocopying
- Typing and data entry
- Preparation of mailings such as stuffing and sorting envelopes
- Manning information tables at various community events and LexPhil concerts to help distribute LexPhil material and promote ticket purchases
- Distributing surveys, assisting individuals with filling out surveys and collecting survey data at LexPhil events and concerts
- Deliver flyers, posters, brochures, etc to various locations around the region to promote LexPhil concerts and events
The Lexington Philharmonic maintains a library of orchestra sheet music, chamber music, vocal music, scores, and reference material. There are many ongoing tasks including inventory, cataloguing, and processing where there are needs for volunteers. Training, when needed, is provided on the job.Specific Music Library Volunteer Opportunities are:
- Filing and photocopying
- Typing and data entry
- Music part preparation (musical knowledge required)
- Research music works, editions of pieces, etc.
- Music inventorying
The Lexington Philharmonic hosts numerous receptions and fundraising events throughout the year. Volunteer assistance is often needed for the following duties: Assist in setting up for fundraising and social events. This includes moving tables, arranging décor, stocking refreshment tables, organizing LexPhil materials and signage, and other various tasks. Time commitment can range from 2-6 hours and is often in the evening and on weekends.
Required skills include positive & friendly attitude, some heavy lifting, ability to stand for several hours at a time and other skills depending on event.
From time-to-time, LexPhil needs volunteers to help drive guest artists to and from the airport, rehearsals, community engagements and performances. Volunteers who wish to be considered for this role will be scheduled for a series of interviews and must have a very good driving record, current drivers license and auto insurance.
Depending on your volunteer assignment, LexPhil reserves the right to conduct a background check. By submitting this application, you are agreeing to allow us to complete this process. All LexPhil volunteers must be 18 or older unless volunteering with a parent or immediate relative, or as part of a school or community group supervised by adults in authority with the school or group.