Volunteer Council

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, Musical Feasts, and the Trumpeting Spring Fashion Show, 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
- Trumpeting Spring Fashion Show
- 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.


Stay up to date and download the current issue (Winter 2014) of Council Notes, our quarterly Volunteer Council newsletter: Council Notes, Winter 2014


Each year the Volunteer Council presents the Volunteer of the Year award, based on outstanding service for that year.  At the Annual Meeting in June, 2013, there were two members so honored:  Marlene Bihlmeyer and Esther Lyons.

The Alice Berberian Haidostian award recognizes dedicated and consistent volunteer service over a long period of time.  To date this award has been given to Alice Berberian Haidostian, Marjorie Shuman Saulson and Mary and Ken Beattie.


Upcoming Events

For information about any of these events, contact the Volunteer Council Office at 313-576-5154 or volunteercouncil@dso.org.

Celebrity Luncheon Featuring Martin Fröst
12:15 p.m.  Welcome Reception
1:00 p.m.  Luncheon and program featuring Martin Fröst
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Detroit Athletic Club
$75, $115, $200 (all $ levels include valet parking)

Musical Feasts XXVII
March through December, 2014
click to read brochure

Trumpeting Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (reservation deadline March 26)
11 am  Welcome Reception
12 pm  Luncheon and Program
Shenandoah Golf & Country Club
$80, $125, $180


2013-15 Volunteer Council

Executive Committee

Deborah Savoie, President
Ginny Lundquist, Executive Vice President
Debra Partrich, Chief Financial Officer
Julie Zussman, Recording Secretary
Esther Lyons, V.P. for Administrative/Office Services
Ellie Tholen, V.P. for Communication/Public Relations
position open, V.P. for Membership
E. Jane Talia, V.P. for Neighborhood/Residency Ambassador
Karla Sherry, V.P. for Special Events
Marlene Bihlmeyer, V.P. for Youth Music Education

Board of Directors

Mary Beattie
Gwen Bowlby
Laura Fogleman
Lori Knollenberg
Sandie Knollenberg
Magda Moss
Dolores Reese
Emily Tennyson
Jamie Thomas
Charlotte Worthen

Coco Siewert, Parliamentarian

Volunteer Council Liaison

Chelesa Kotula

Orchestra Liaisons

Mark Abbott
Marcus Schoon

Past Presidents

Janet M. Ankers, 2010-13
Kelly Hayes, 2008-10
Debra Partrich, 2006-08
Gloria Nycek, 2004-06
Maureen T. D'Avanzo, 2002-04
Barbara Diles, 2000-02
Lucy T. Debol, 1998-00
Diane Hoeft Varisto, 1996-98
Annette Balian, 1994-96
Marjorie S. Saulson, 1992-94
Mado O. Lie, 1989-92
Marianne Endicott, 1988-89