As a volunteer at the Seattle Symphony, you will get a unique, insider's look at what it takes to sustain a thriving, world-class orchestra. You will also play an essential role in the life of the Symphony. The following is a list of the many opportunities that await you as a Seattle Symphony volunteer.
Administrative Office Support
Administrative Support: Assist with a variety of support activities, including addressing and assembling Seattle Symphony mailings and filing. Events Support: Assist with patron events, including event set-up and check-in.
Provide transportation for guest artists as required (to and from the airport, from hotels to rehearsals and concerts, etc.). Interviews are conducted for these positions by Seattle Symphony staff and the Artist Aide volunteer coordinator at times when additional Artist Aide positions become available. Artist Aides must have a good driving history and a clean vehicle in excellent condition. Volunteers must also meet minimum insurance requirements and be able to carry luggage for guest artists.
Assist staff with orchestra auditions, including welcoming applicants to Benaroya Hall and escorting them between locations within the hall.
Serve as Benaroya Hall tour guides for public tours. Docent positions require one year of Seattle Symphony volunteer experience and a recommendation by a Seattle Symphony Volunteers Board member.
Education & Community Engagement
Assist with youth, family, community and young artist programming. This includes Link Up, Side-by-Sides, Tiny Tots, Family Concerts, Community Concerts, Simple Gifts community events, Young Artist Auditions, Young Composer Workshop concert and various events in Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center. The concert season is September–June, and most shifts are Fridays and Saturdays.
Friday Matinee Bus Greeters
Warmly greet and assist seniors and school groups attending Friday matinee concerts. Friday matinees occur five times each season.
Participate in monthly service projects arranged by the Seattle Symphony in support of the Simple Gifts initiative. The Symphony partners with 72 local nonprofits across six sectors including youth, cultural, health services, social services, seniors and active military and veterans.
Surprise & Delight
Greet and thank new Seattle Symphony subscribers as they arrive at concerts, welcoming them to the season. A positive, friendly attitude and customer service experience are required.
Symphonica, The Symphony Store
Actively promote sales, assist customers, work the register and tidy the shop. Training is required and provided. Evening and weekend hours are available to volunteers. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for two hours and be comfortable handling money and running a cash register.
Provide ushering support to supplement the paid usher staff at Seattle Symphony concerts and designated events at Benaroya Hall. Required orientation is held periodically throughout the season.
Lead and/or assist with implementation of volunteer programs. A leadership position is a prerequisite for serving on the Seattle Symphony Volunteers Board. An additional time commitment and a strong dedication to the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Volunteers organization are required.
Volunteer Office Support
Assist in the Volunteer Office with responding to inbound communications, maintaining the volunteer database and volunteer hours, updating ticket availability and ticket balances, processing new memberships and renewals, organizing Wine & Wisdom events, tracking Benaroya Hall tour requests and completing other tasks from the Seattle Symphony Volunteers Board and committees as needed.
For more detailed information about volunteer opportunities, download our Volunteer Manual.
Thank you for your support of the Seattle Symphony!