The ACYO depends on the active involvement of volunteers, most of whom are parents of orchestra members. There are many opportunities to participate during rehearsals and concerts. Please look at the following activities and let us know where you’d be able to give us hand. They are a great way to meet other parents and support the musicians’ efforts.

Minuet Meals

Minuet Meals (MM) are offered all other (non-pizza) nights during rehearsal breaks (6:30 – 6:50 p.m.) During each MM, three parents each provide and serve 30 snack-sized food items (as well as any necessary plates, utensils and napkins) thus feeding the entire orchestra membership. Volunteers bring the items and set them up around 6:15 p.m. so musicians can quickly choose from one of the three options available and eat while socializing during break. Past food offerings have included chili (beef and vegetarian), chicken dumplings, small sandwiches, quiche and fruit bowls. The ACYO appreciates healthy options. The musicians appreciate the treat and often enjoy the exposure to food from our member families’ different cultures.

For volunteers, this is also a fun way to get to meet other parents or combine efforts with someone they already know.

To learn more about Minuet Meals or to sign up click here.

For questions about minuet Meals, please contact Wendy Mandese at wmandese@ufl.edu

Pizza Nights

Pizza is offered the first night of each month during rehearsal breaks (6:30 – 6:50 p.m.)  ACYO covers the cost of providing the pizza and having it delivered.  Volunteers help by setting up around 6:15 p.m.

To learn more about Pizza Nights or to sign up click here.

For questions about Pizza Nights contact Ginger Lin at cjgingerlin@gmail.com

Bottled Water

We also accept bottled water donations to serve along with Pizza and Minuet Meals.

To sign up, contact Ginger Lin at cjgingerlin@gmail.com

Concert Help

There are many ways in which volunteers can help us backstage during our concerts. Opportunities are varied: checking students in; assisting with wardrobe concerns; safekeeping instruments backstage; serving food during breaks; etc.

To learn more about Concert/Backstage Volunteering or to sign up click here.

For questions about Concert/Backstage Volunteering contact Nicole Covert at nexus67@aol.com

Concert Reception Help

It is an ACYO tradition to offer finger foods for our musicians and audiences after our winter and spring concerts. All ACYO parents are asked to provide a healthy (preferably home-made) item to share. Volunteers gather approximately 1 ½ hours prior to the start of each concert to set up the room, arrange simple decorations and accept donations and/or until clean-up (approximately 45 minutes after the end of the concert).

To learn more about Concert Reception Help Volunteering or to sign up click here for Winter or click here for Spring.

For questions about Concert Reception Help contact Chris Sagabiel at mcsagabiel@gmail.com

More Opportunities

We are always appreciative of any volunteers willing to share their time and talent with us. Please let us know if you have any interest in serving as a Board Member or in any other area (some of which may include (program/poster production; publicity for concerts; finance/grants; photography; or website maintenance and updates)

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