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Volunteer Council

Our Mission

We strive to fulfill our mission as an active partner of the DSO in fundraising, as well as audience/membership expansion, youth music education and volunteer service.  Because of the repeated financial success of our events such as the Nutcracker Luncheon & Boutique and Musical Feasts, we are proudly able to make significant donations to the DSO each year.


Wondering how you can support the Detroit Symphony Orchestra?  Be a part of some of Detroit’s premier events while supporting one of its premier institutions.  Have fun while contributing your time and talents in supporting live music in metro Detroit.  Join the DSO Volunteer Council!

As a member of the Volunteer Council you have the opportunity to be a part of any (or all!) of the following:

- Musical Feasts
- Musicians’ Rehearsal Luncheon
- Nutcracker Luncheon & Boutique
- Education and Outreach
- Shop @ The Max
- Special Projects and Events
- Volunteer Council Office Staffing
- DSO and DSOVC Office Support

Your Membership includes:
- subscription to VC newsletter Council Notes
- invitations to special events
- volunteer opportunities
- the satisfaction of knowing that you impact every aspect of the DSO’s musical presentations!

JOIN this passionate and energetic group of volunteers!  Download our application form, complete, and send with your check or payment information for your Individual $40, Family $50, or Patron $100 (or more!)membership to DSO Volunteer Council, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

Review our 2014-15 Annual Report.

Upcoming Events

Opening Weekend Hour Detroit LogoOpening Weekend Red Carpet Dinner
Saturday, October 3
The Music Box in the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
5:30 p.m.   Cocktails and Appetizers
6 p.m.   Dinner
First Chair - $175 per person; Principal - $300; Maestro - $500

7:30 p.m. Off to your concert seats (— tickets to be purchased separately)
Contact:  Elizabeth Lanni at (313) 576-5123 or elanni@dso.org

Musician's LuncheonMusicians' Luncheon (VC members/DSO musicians/DSO staff)

Wednesday, October 21 
The Music Box in the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
(Details mailed to members/ musicians/ staff)

33rd Annual Nutcracker Luncheon & Boutique graphicHour Detroit Logo33rd Annual Nutcracker Luncheon & Boutique
Tuesday, November 17
The Detroit Athletic Club
10:30 a.m.  Welcome & Shopping
Noon   Luncheon, Entertainment & Raffle
2-3 p.m.   Shopping Resumes
Donor - $85 per person; Benefactor - $165 (includes two raffle tickets); Sugar Plum Fairy - $500 (includes 5 raffle tickets) 

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Council Office at (313) 576-5154 or volunteercouncil@dso.org.

2015 Musical Feasts

Please join us as we celebrate the 28th season of Musical Feasts! Please click here to browse schedule and menus (PDF). 


Stay up to date and download the current issue of Council Notes, our quarterly Volunteer Council newsletter: Council Notes, Fall 2015


Each year the Volunteer Council presents the Volunteer of the Year award, based on outstanding service.  At the Annual Meeting in June, 2015, Karla Sherry was given this award.

The Alice Berberian Haidostian award recognizes dedicated and consistent volunteer service over a long period of time.  At the Annual Meeting in June, 2015, Marianne Endicott and Esther Lyons were honored with this award.

2015-2017 Volunteer Council

Executive Committee

Ginny Lundquist, President
OPEN, Executive Vice President
Jill Jordan, Chief Financial Officer
Diane Ekizian, Recording Secretary
Esther Lyons, V.P. for Administrative/Office Services
Eloise (Ellie) Tholen, V. P. for Communications/Public Relations
Beverly Williams, V. P. for Membership
E. Jane Talia, V. P. for Neighborhood/Residency Ambassador
Carol Marti, V. P. for Special Events
Marlene Bihlmeyer, V. P. for Youth Music Education

Board of Directors

Mary Beattie
Gwen Bowlby
Drew Esslinger
Sandie Knollenberg
Magda Moss
Dolores Reese
Ann Marie Rowley
Charlotte Worthen

Eleanor (Coco) Siewert, Parliamentarian