The Grand Rapids Symphony has enjoyed the support of dedicated and loyal volunteers since its beginning in 1930. In almost everything the Symphony does, the smiling faces of its volunteers are seen as they donate their time to bring the music they love to the people of West Michigan.
“I had so much fun with the other volunteers, helping place chairs, and “conducting” along with the music for the ACCESS to Music guests. Thank you for the lovely memories!” ~Amanda (center), volunteer since 2018, with Cindy and Carolyn (Amway Corporation volunteers) and Eric, volunteer since 2013, at the 2018 ACCESS to Music concerts held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
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UPDATED PARKING INFORMATION
For most volunteer assignments at DeVos Performance Hall, you may park in the Ellis Midtown Ramp for a discounted rate of $3. The FOH Manager will give you the discount pass when you check in.
Please note that the $3 rate begins at5pm on Fridays. The discount pass is good only from 5pm and after on Fridays. If you enter the ramp prior to 5pm on Fridays you will be charged the regular rate until 5pm.
The $3 discount rate applies all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
You may, of course, choose to park in other locations, but the discount pass is good only at the Midtown Ramp.
*You will be notified if the discount $3 rate does not apply to your DeVos Performance Hall assignment.
* Parking spaces at the Ellis Midtown Ramp are available on a first come, first serve basis. Spaces are not reserved for the Symphony.
Volunteer With Us
Are you interested in contributing to the cultural life of our community?
No prior experience is necessary and all training is provided.
If you care about your community, want to share personal experiences and professional talents with others, and you like learning something new - we would be delighted to welcome you as a volunteer.
All ages are welcome! Young teens 13 to 15 may volunteer if accompanied by an adult. High school and college students, and young professionals to retirees are all welcome.
Concert Volunteers - Do you like connecting with people and enjoy the concert experience? Then try one of our concert volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed during the Main Season, at Education Program concerts, and in the summer at our D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concerts.
Special Project Volunteers - Do you enjoy being in an office environment? If you are detail-oriented you might like helping with mailings and other office projects. Special Project Volunteers also help with concert preparation by placing roses for opening nights on the seats of season ticket holders and set up and work at our special events. Some assignments can be completed at home.
Corporate Volunteers can share professional skills while expanding your résumé. The Symphony also welcomes corporate volunteers at our performances and events. Please contact Nancy Hopkins at 616.454.9451 x 149 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your team.
Benefits and Recognition
Main Season volunteers Main Season volunteers may enjoy the concert with a complimentary ticket after completing their assignment. Seating is determined by the Box Office. If you work a concert or event at DeVos Performance Hall, parking is available at a nearby ramp at a special discounted rate.
Education and Family concert volunteers may attend the PNC Lollipops, 3rd Grade Concert, 5th Grade Concert, DTE Energy Foundation Family Series Concert, Access to Music concert you are working at no cost in select seats.
If you work during a D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concert, you receive free admission to that concert after completing your assignment, along with light complimentary dinner.
Our Special Project volunteers include Department Assistance, Rose Placement, Holiday Decorating, Special Event and Office Support Project volunteers. All of our Special Project volunteers receive a $5 voucher to a Classical or Pops concert (based on availability) and complimentary parking for their volunteer assignment.
All volunteers receive a 20% discount on full-price tickets to Pops and Classical concerts they are not working.
Special Volunteer Events - Appreciation and learning events – just for our volunteers - are scheduled throughout the year.
Peer and Staff Recognition - Volunteers are recognized by peers and staff throughout the year in volunteer program communications.
Perks - New Volunteer Tours – Backstage tours of DeVos Performance Hall are scheduled several times a year.
We believe volunteers should feel they belong and are personally in the Symphony's mission. We promise to provide the support and guidance needed to make every volunteer feel appreciated and valued.
Joining the Symphony Volunteer Family is easy. Just complete the Volunteer Registration Form and Nancy Hopkins, Senior Manager of Volunteer Services, will contact you with volunteer program information and openings.
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Questions? Contact Nancy Hopkins, Senior Manager of Volunteer Services
PH: 616.454.9451 x 149 FX: 616.454.7477
By Mail: Att: Nancy Hopkins, Grand Rapids Symphony, 300 Ottawa Ave Ste 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Another Great Volunteer Opportunity - The Symphony Friends!
If interested in joining the Grand Rapids Symphony Friends (formerly the Women's Committee,) click here.
Volunteer Registration Form