Volunteers for Symphony

VfS History and Information

In 1996, Volunteers for Symphony (VfS) was formed by merging the Junior Board which organized in 1936 and the Guild which formed in 1957.  The Guild was involved in sponsoring special money-making projects to help support the orchestra and promote successful sales campaigns before each season and Jr. Board turned its interest towards music education and community outreach.

VfS is the “new age” volunteer organization.  Gone are the required invitations to join, the requirements of serving on a certain number of committees, attending all meetings, and volunteering so many hours.  VfS accepts and appreciates any amount of time and support that members have to give. 

Everyone volunteers for different reasons.  When you have seen the children's faces at the School Engagement Tours and Classroom Visits, or watched the reactions at Symphony Day, or attended Performance Ensembles concerts, or helped with Instruments for Kids knowing that this might be the only exposure some children will have to symphonic music or a concert hall, that one hour, that one day, you know you have made a difference in their lives.

As you know the main focus of Volunteers for Symphony is to provide funding and support to QCSO education outreach programs. It is wonderful to be part of an effort that not only exposes students to symphonic music but also teaches that music is so much more than just notes on a page.

Why Music?

Music is a Science

It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics.  A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is Mathematical

It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into factions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

Music is a Foreign Language

Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English – but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.  The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is History

Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling.

Music is Physical Education

It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscle in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is Intelligence

The theory of “Multiple Intelligences” tags music as one of the separate minds, and being exposed to music strengthens all other learning forms. Recent testing revealed students with experience in music performance scored measurably higher (18-22 points above the mean) in both the verbal and math sections of the Standardized Achievement Test.

Music is all these things, but most of all, Music is Art

It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring, (but difficult!) techniques and use them to create emotion.  That is one thing science cannot duplicate; humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.

That is why we teach music

Not because we expect you to major in music.  Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life.  But  - -  so you will be human . . .  So you will recognize beauty . . . so you will have more love . . . so you will have more compassion . . . so you will have more gentleness and more good  - - in short more life!