The Minnesota Orchestra is supported by a dedicated community-wide arm of volunteerism.
Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra is the primary volunteer support group for the Minnesota Orchestra. It was founded in 1949 as WAMSO, which stood for Women's Association of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Today, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra 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, and also provided over 500 volunteers who donate more than 10,000 hours each year.
Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra is a nonprofit corporation of volunteers that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
YPSCA — Music Education for Young People
On November 24, 1911, the eight-year-old Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now Minnesota Orchestra) performed its first Young People's Concert. That same year the Young People's Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) was formed to assist, augment and promote these Young People's Concerts. Students now have the unique opportunity to hear the Minnesota Orchestra in one of the longest running series of Young People's Concerts in the United States.
Fanfare Volunteer Program is an evening and weekend volunteer usher program coordinated by WAMSO and the Minnesota Orchestra. Get involved today!