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It Takes a Village: Volunteer Opportunities with Schubert Club

By Barry Kempton

Today’s blog post is written by Kate Cooper, the Schubert Club’s Education and Museum Director. 

As the preparation begins for our 95th annual Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition, I am surrounded by to-do lists, timelines, schedules, agendas and rosters.  It’s a chaotic time of the season, but one that gives me great satisfaction.  One of the most fulfilling pieces is the rallying together and camaraderie of what I call the “Schubert Club family” or our great circle of dedicated and passionate Schubert Club volunteers.

The old phrase “it takes a village” is quite apparent when planning for the scholarship competition.  We assemble up to 40 volunteers on a single day of student auditions.  I personally am so energized when I interact with our volunteers who arrive for their assigned positions filled with motivation and enthusiasm.  It results in days that flow like clockwork, and the atmosphere is filled with joy and excitement. 

One of the keys to our success to the Schubert Club volunteer program is our fabulous Volunteer Coordinator, Kirsten Peterson. She is impeccably organized and connects with our volunteers with kindness, radiating a true love for the organization.  “I love connecting our volunteers with opportunities that are a great fit for their interests and talents, and then watching the magic happen”, says Kirsten.  “our volunteers embody what it means to be part of the Schubert Club family, working with friends old and new, united by the music, to support Schubert Club programs.”

A volunteer can enjoy an abundance of Schubert Club programs.  Whether it’s welcoming audiences to concerts as an usher, helping nervous competition students stay calm, or playing silly songs on homemade instruments with delighted KidsJam kids, you will be instrumental in helping people in our greater community of all ages learn to love music and so much more!  Please check out the video below and feel the genuine and heartfelt spirit of Schubert Club volunteerism.


I want to encourage all who are reading this blog to consider becoming an integral part of the Schubert Club as a volunteer, if you aren’t already.  Interact with familiar friends and make new friends as you share a common interest and enjoy fun and fulfilling activities.   Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering adds more zest and happiness to your life as you give to others!

Watch our website announcing our annual volunteer appreciation events which are held every September.  We celebrate and welcome new and existing volunteers to start the season off.  We are blessed with the spirit of volunteerism within our organization so please consider joining the family!

If you are interested in volunteering, and would like to receive more information about opportunities, please email our volunteer coordinator, Kirsten at [email protected]. She’ll put you on our list and keep you informed of any upcoming opportunities. You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities at schubert.org/volunteer.