Volunteer Opportunities

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!

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.

Contact operations@lexphil.org for more information.

Sound Explorers Series

Sound Explorers Concerts are the perfect first-concert experience for young children. Added benefits of these performances are tasty treats provided by Trader Joe’s and J&M Smucker. Sound Explorers volunteers should enjoy interacting with children, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude, be able to stand for up to two hours, be able to move and lift chairs and instruments and be available from 9:00am-12:30pm on concert days.

Specific Sound Explorers 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 selecting snacks

  • 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 Sound Explorers concerts.

Contact operations@lexphil.org for more information.

Discovery Program

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 days.

Specific Discovery Program Volunteer Opportunities are:

  • School liaisons: One school liason is assigned to each student group in attendance. This person greets the assigned group upon arrival, escorts them to their seats, sits with the assigned group during the concert, interacts with students about the performance to enhance the learning atmosphere and assists the group 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.

Contact education@lexphil.org for more information.

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

Contact tickets@lexphil.org for more information.

Music Library

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

Contact library@lexphil.org for more information.

Special Events

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.

Contact development@lexphil.org for more information.

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