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Thank you for your Interest in volunteering with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

The WSO values the commitment of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are a vital to the WSO’s success, supporting and guiding the operation of the orchestra. We welcome the energy, talent, expertise, and commitment volunteers bring to support the Symphony’s music and mission. From support at concerts to participating on the Board of Directors, there are opportunities that can meet your personal fulfillment, career development, or interests. We welcome diversity in our volunteer positions.

Board and Committee Opportunities

Call for New Board Members

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is currently seeking applications from those interested in serving on our volunteer Board of Directors. 

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra continues their mission of connecting people through music.

The WSO prides itself on creativity and collaborations. The WSO has achieved its recent successes through its ability to adapt to the ever-changing world and how those changes effect the arts and music culture in Windsor Essex, Ontario. The WSO builds relationships and connections through collaborations with musicians, artists, and composers, locally and internationally, the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Art Windsor Essex, multiple levels of government, granting agencies and other vital arts and culture stakeholders.

The WSO provides opportunities for volunteers appointed to the Board of Directors or Members of Standing and Ad hoc Committees.

The volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic leadership, governance, establishes policy, and exercises stewardship over the operations and financial performance of the WSO. Our leadership team is imaginative, innovative, and highly effective.

The Board is looking specifically for individuals with the following interests and skill sets:

  • Experience in the Arts Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Public Policy and Government Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Finance & Accounting (CPA)
  • Law
  • Resource Development
  • Capital Projects

Directors are expected to:

Prepare for, attend, and participate in 9 board meetings per year, one of which is the Annual General Meeting. Serve on at least one committee and participate actively in the work of the committee and its meetings; include the WSO as a top three personal philanthropic priority; and be an active proponent and supporter for the WSO.

The WSO Board encourages Directors to engage in all activities of the organization, including its performances, benefit activities, and donor/patron support.

Directors are elected at the AGM of the Windsor Symphony Society, which is held annually at the end of October. The term of office is two years, renewable consecutively once for a total of six years. To be eligible for election, individuals must meet the Bylaws requirements, which typically include an annual subscription or donation in an amount of not less than $250.00. If this requirement is prohibitive for an otherwise qualified and successful candidate, the Board would consider making alternative arrangements to satisfy the requirements of the Bylaws.

To apply for a board position or appointment to a board committee, please submit an expression of your interest, and a description of your professional experience which may be in the form of a CV or resume to plauzon@windsorsymphony.com. Written, audio, or video submissions will all be accepted.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted and interviewed.

For additional information, please contact: Executive Director, Patti Lauzon, at plauzon@windsorsymphony.com.

WSO Guild and Concert Volunteer Opportunities

Members of the WSO Guild enjoying a fundraiser dinner.

For over 50 years, the WSO Guild has been a valuable member of the WSO family, dedicated to supporting the Orchestra by donating its time at concerts and organizing fundraising events.  In addition to its support of the professional orchestra, the Guild is dedicated to encouraging aspiring musicians and provides scholarships to members of the Youth Orchestra every year.  

We rely on Guild members at concerts and other events throughout our season.  Guild Volunteers welcome patrons to WSO concerts at the Capitol Theatre, assist Patron Services at the ticketing station, and run the Musique Boutique, a pop up store, at WSO concerts. At other concert locations, Guild members fill the valuable roles of greeters, ticket takers and ushers, providing support to the Front of House requirements for concerts.  These roles are suitable to individuals with flexible schedules and evening and weekend availability.

The Guild holds monthly meetings and is a great opportunity to make new friends and have fun while doing good!

If you are interested in being a member of the dynamic WSO Guild, please contact  Monica van den Hoven: windsorsymphonyguild@gmail.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities with Youth and Community Orchestras

The WSO is committed to encouraging aspiring musicians and providing a creative outlet and learning environment for music students of all ages. Volunteers help at rehearsals, greeting parents, tracking attendance, and providing support to the Manager of Education and Outreach. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Becky Ng at education@windsorsymphony.com. Learn more about our Youth and Community Orchestras.

Usher volunteer, Lloyd, at the Capitol Theatre.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in other volunteer opportunities? Is there a special way you can contribute that isn’t mentioned here? Please let us know. Contact us at 519-973-1238 or boxoffice@windsorsymphony.com.