No matter how limited the time you may have to offer, and even if you don’t feel comfortable singing or playing an instrument, you can still help Crescendo bring world-class music to our beloved Berkshires and Litchfield Hills. Furthermore, you can learn and have fun in the process!
Volunteer as a stagehand
No, Crescendo doesn’t normally have sets to move, but whenever a group sets up to perform, there are preparations that need to be made. Both of our principal venues are houses of worship, so people who can handle religious objects reverently yet efficiently are needed both for setup and breakdown. Risers need to be moved. Music stands and chairs for the orchestra need to be arranged. You don’t need to be a stevedore to do this work! If you have access to a pickup truck or van or even a full-sized station wagon, you can also volunteer to transport equipment.
Help with tickets, CD sales, and ushering
At every Crescendo performance there are 200 or more guests who need at least some attention when they arrive. Their names need to be checked against the list of held tickets. In some cases, they need to pay for tickets ordered earlier. In all cases they’ll need programs, and some may need assistance in finding a seat or getting to it. We sell our CDs at our performances, so someone needs to undertake that responsibility. And we like to greet our guests warmly and answer any questions about the venue, the performance, or Crescendo that they may have! There are lots of opportunities to help out here!
Help with parking
At our Lime Rock venue, there’s a eight acre field available for our guests to park in (our musicians park there too). Without your talent at sorting things out and communicating via hand signals, you might be amazed at the traffic jams that can occur! No background in traffic direction is needed; just an understanding of where the cars need to go, the ability to communicate this information, and the good sense to deal with problems and requests as they arise. And a smile definitely helps, too!
Help out with receptions
We usually try to have a reception whenever we have a concert. Our guests enjoy them because they get to meet the performers and our performers do too — because they get to meet the audience. Whenever we can, we serve food prepared by Crescendo people, like yourself. But even when the reception is catered, we always need people to help set up, and later, to help take down and clean up. People to pour the beverages, people to get the food onto the buffet to make an attractive (as well as mouth-watering) display, people to circulate and make sure our guests are well-supplied are always needed. And simply circulating during the reception and helping our guests out and answering their questions is always appreciated!
Bring us your own special skills
We always need them! We may not happen to need a sarousaphone player right now, but people with skill in graphic design, people who can write copy, people with grant-writing experience, people who know about publicity, people who are comfortable with the web (and particularly with social media), people who have good office skills — all are needed. Many of these tasks don’t have to be done just before, during, or immediately after a concert, and many can be done from the comfort of your own home!
It’s fair enough to ask what (besides the satisfaction of helping Crescendo produce world-class music here at home) the benefit of this kind of volunteering is? We’ll take that challenge!
- Learn how a serious performing arts organization works from the inside out
- Have the opportunity to meet local, national, and even international names in the world of early music
- Meet others who share your interest in world class music in the Berkshires, the Litchfield Hills, and in nearby New York State
- Have stories to share of the people you met through Crescendo and the out-of-the-ordinary things that always seem to come up
- Since we’re a 501(c)(3) organization, such expenses as mileage that you incur when you volunteer for Crescendo are tax deductible according to current IRS rules
Think you might like to help? Perhaps help in a way that isn’t even listed above?
Let us hear from you!!