Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra creates opportunities that bring the power of music to children, families, and adults.
Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra is the primary volunteer support group for the Minnesota Orchestra, one of the top ten orchestras in the United States.
Founded in 1949, the organization's original name was WAMSO - which stood for "Women's Association of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra." Today, our members and volunteers include men and women from various backgrounds and experiences, from students to retirees.
Over the years, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra has contributed more than $10 million to the Minnesota Orchestra. Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra also contributes over 500 volunteers who donate more than 10,000 hours each year.
I’ve been a volunteer and member of WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association for over 20 years. A friend invited me and my daughter to a Kinder Konzert program at Orchestral Hall. My daughter loved being introduced to the musicians, listening to them perform while sharing the stage with them, and having the opportunity to touch and play the violin, the snare drum and experience songs and music with other children her age. I enjoyed the professional way the Docents presented the program and was asked if I’d like to volunteer.
It is not necessary to have a background in music to volunteer. Volunteer Docent training is provided.
Other programs include: Kinder Konzerts on the Road, Young Artist Competition, ACCENT, Vintages of Note, Settings of Note, and ushering.
Let this recommendation be the invitation for YOU to join WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association and share the love of music, education and the Minnesota Orchestra with our community.