Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale! We could not do what we do without wonderful volunteers such as yourself. As a volunteer, not only will you be able to attend performances for free, but you will also receive 20% off single ticket purchases and merchandise, a free ticket voucher to the Spring Festival, and invitations to special symphony and chorale events.
Welcome and direct our Patrons at the lobby entrance. Greeters are the first contact with the Symphony. We want our Patrons to feel welcome and taken care of, so it is important that Greeters are engaging, warm, and always ready to help. Greeters direct Patrons to ticketing/will call and answer general questions.
Sell tickets on-site starting an hour prior to the performance. The Box Office (including Ticket Sales and Will Call) can get pretty busy with door sales and Patrons picking up their tickets. Volunteers working the Box Office should be comfortable in a fast-paced environment, comfortable with technology, and able to remain focused.
Hand out prepaid tickets to Patrons on-site starting an hour prior to the performance. The Box Office (including Ticket Sales and Will Call) can get pretty busy with door sales and Patrons picking up their tickets; volunteers working Will Call should be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to remain focused.
Scan tickets as Patrons pass through the entrance. Ticket Scanners should be comfortable with a smartphone as this is how we scan Patron tickets.
Ticket Floaters are available to assist Ticket Scanners with congested entrance areas and any issues that arise.
Hand out programs to Patrons on their way in to the performance hall. Be prepared to answer general questions or direct Patrons to an Usher. Prior and after the performance, assist ushers in walking the venue retrieving discarded/dropped items.
Main Level and Balcony
Assist Patrons to their seats, keep a quiet and pleasant atmosphere within the venue, and remain posted at the doors throughout the performance. Ushers are the first to respond in case of an emergency. Balcony Ushers should be able to climb and navigate stairs. Prior and after the performance, walk the venue retrieving discarded/dropped items.
Merchandise & Raffles
Set up and break down the station. Sell Glacier Symphony & Chorale merchandise and assist selling raffle tickets sold by Board Members. This position requires cash handling skills and accountability. Volunteers must be comfortable with technology.
Set up and break down the station. Sell specialty snacks and/or drinks at the concerts. An alcohol server’s permit is required when alcohol is being sold. These positions require cash-handling skills and accountability.
Stay in the lobby throughout the concert to help manage late-comers, monitor cash bags and supplies. This role may be asked to substitute for any of the volunteer roles (excluding Ushers).
Pick up flowers for the concert hall stage from a local shop and help return them to the shop following the concert weekend (if they are on loan).
Assist with the setup and cleanup of the musician’s brunch the weekend of the concert. The brunch generally happens on a Saturday around mid-morning.
Soirees are hosted throughout the season and offer a more intimate event experience. Occasionally, volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, serving, parking, etc.
The Symphony is represented in several community events in the Flathead such as The Great Fish Challenge in Whitefish. As a booth attendant for community events, our volunteers are the face of the Symphony and may get a chance to be involved in behind-the-scenes experiences.
Throughout the season there will be opportunities to help in the office. Office tasks may include helping with mailings, copying, database input, preparing items for special events such as the Gala, etc.
Building and Grounds
Are you handy with tools? Do you like to work outside? The Glacier Symphony is always in need of volunteers to help with annual spring clean-up and snow shoveling. There is also a constant list of projects to improve both the inside and outside of the Glacier Symphony offices at 69 North Main St. in Kalispell that we ask our wonderful volunteers to assist with. If you have any of these particular skills, we welcome and appreciate your expertise!
Everyone at the [Glacier Symphony] has been welcoming and very supportive in helping me learn the various roles. It is a privilege to feel like I've participated in bringing such quality music to the community. - Patricia Jaquith
[A] well organized group - pleasure to volunteer for. - Maureen Hein
We love the experiences we have had over the years. We enjoy the people we have met and the music is so wonderful along with all the theater programs. - Barb & Bill Klein
I love the Symphony choices of music and venues and when I learned that I could be a volunteer I was thrilled. Each volunteer I meet is nicer than the next. I tell everyone to consider volunteering! - Pam Beyer
As a volunteer for the Glacier Symphony, you are representing a professional organization. We appreciate you presenting a neat and professional appearance! Attire should be white on the top and black on the bottom (or some combination of black and white), unless told otherwise for special events. We recommend a sweater, blouse, button-down shirt, dress, skirt, or pants (no jeans please) and nice black shoes.
Please plan to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes before the concert unless otherwise instructed. During the concert or event, volunteers are often expected to remain at their assigned posts. Volunteers are the last to enter the concert hall and the first to leave.