Instrument Petting Zoo - Home Educator's Association of VA

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Petting Zoo - Home Educator's Association of VA

HEAV hosts one of the largest homeschool conventions in the country, with approximately 12,000 participants each year. The Richmond Symphony is giving the homeschooled children an opportunity to explore the possibilities of music through an instrument petting zoo. Kids (of all ages) can touch and play violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet (no reed- touch only), and auxillary percussion (no snare or bass drum). Staff will teach you how to teach the instruments. No experience needed. Muisc & Arts is kindly provided the instruments.

TRANSPORTATION: Greater Richmond Convention Center. Parking in the deck at 5th & Marshall will be paid for volunteers. Drop off instructions will be provided. GRTC Pulse has a stop at 4th (East) or Convention Center (West).

DRESS: Dress causally as you will be getting low to the ground to help kids try instruments. YOP students, please wear your t-shirt.

SHIFTS: Email me and I'll send you the Sign-up Genius link to select a shift. Please be prompt at the exhibit (details will be provided) to relieve the shift before you. Thank you!

Expect an email 1-2 weeks prior to the event with volunteer details.

4 volunteers per shift:
Thursday 6/11/20 4:45-6:45
Thursday 6/11/20 6:15-8:15
Friday 6/12/20 1:45-4:00
Friday 6/12/20 3:45-6:00
Friday 6/12/20 5:45-8:15
Saturday 6/13/20 9:15-11:15
Saturday 6/13/20 10:45-1:00
Saturday 6/13/20 12:45-3:00
Saturday 6/13/20 2:45-5:00
Saturday 6/13/20 4:45-7:00

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612 E GRACE ST STE 401, RICHMOND, VA 23219, US

Mission Statement

The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite our communities. There are plenty of ways to help whether it is working with children, planning, ushering, administration, or even volunteering from home. Music experience or knowledge is not needed, but can be helpful in some positions!


Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Thu Jun 11, 2020 - Sat Jun 13, 2020
04:30 PM - 07:00 PM  


403 N 3rd StRichmond, VA 23219



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Music Arts
  • Brass Instrument
  • String Instrument
  • Wind Instrument


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 13
  • 2 hour and 15 minute shifts
  • Ability to stand, bend, or stoop to work with children for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Recommended that 13 and 14 year old volunteers have an adult remain in the building during their shift. Instrumental music experience recommended but not required.

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