Volunteer Opportunities

Advocacy: Work primarily with state legislators and state arts organizations to increase awareness of the value of cultural organizations and art education to our entire state and to secure adequate funding each year for these entities and projects. On a secondary level interact with federal and local officials to increase awareness of our arts organizations and programs in our schools and to obtain adequate funding for these programs. Emphasize not only the cultural value but also the economic value of the arts. Work with the education committee to coordinate CSOL® projects to promote arts in area schools.

Audience Development: Develop and implement strategies to increase CSO series subscriptions and all other orchestra ticket sales. Develop and implement plan for CSOL® instrument petting zoo.

Benefit Ball: Decorate the ballroom, handle invitations, solicit silent auction items, coordinate the sales of tickets or handle publicity.

Car Sponsorship: Promote and sell sponsorships at the Tour of Homes, Designer Showhouse, CSO concerts and other events for the annual car give-away. Assist getting car to/from concerts and events, and/or setting up/taking down tables and displays.

Designer Showhouse: Held in the spring from mid-March to mid-April, this project needs many volunteers to sell tickets at the door, work in the café as cashier or server, serve as docents, assist in purchases and sales in the boutique, handle Designer Sales or serve on the Bareboards or the Preview Party Committees. (Regular Members must participate in this project with a minimum of two-days/four shifts of service.)

Education/Scholarships: Participate in the process of interviewing, auditioning and awarding scholarships. The CSOL® awards College Scholarships to high school seniors who plan to major in music in college, Matching Grants to members of YOLOW (the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry), Summer Scholarships to young musicians in the tri-county area and to CSO musicians.

Golf Tournament: Assist in finding and contracting with a suitable golf course, obtain sponsors, assist with marketing, register golfers and/or volunteer the day of the event.

Hospitality/Refreshments: Assist in organizing refreshments for the General Meetings/Coffee Hours, Membership Tea, Holiday Tea and other events held throughout the year. This includes setting up food supplied by the members and cleaning up after each event. Provide food for musicians at a dress rehearsal before the Masterworks concert each month.

Housing Visiting Musicians: Provide accommodations for out of town musicians on rehearsal and concert days when they are playing with the CSO.

Marketing: Marketing volunteers work closely with event chairs to determine the most efficient ways to market CSOL® events. The Marketing Committee writes and distributes press releases, makes arrangements for radio and television interviews, and produces printed materials such as invitations, rack cards and posters.

Membership: The mission of this committee is to inform and involve members and increase membership. Tasks include maintaining membership records, sending out and processing membership renewals and new members, producing the annual Membership Directory, reminding members of upcoming events and staffing a welcome table at the General Meeting Coffee Hours, Teas and Spring Luncheon.

Merchandising: Organize, develop and implement a strategic marketing plan to promote CSOL® products to the public. This will include, but not be limited to, identifying outlet sources and supplying these sources with merchandise (e.g. cookbooks) and the staffing, merchandising and selling of CSOL® products at various venues, including CSO concerts.

Revels: Help plan and implement and/or host a series of unique events, e.g. parties and excursions, to benefit the CSO. These parties are held throughout the year and summer planning is required.

Tour of Homes: Held in early November on one of Charleston’s neighboring islands. Many volunteers are needed to serve as docents, sell tickets, make and/or serve refreshments, help with the ad booklet, traffic management, etc.

Ushering: Ushering at regular, Youth and Small Fry Concerts and enjoying these CSO concerts at no cost.

All Regular Members are expected to volunteer, at a minimum, in two projects during the membership year, one of those being two days at the Designer Showhouse. Regular/Regular Couple members must also attend at least one General Meeting/Coffee, held on the morning of each of the first Masterworks Concerts in the schedule.

The CSOL® membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year.

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