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Volunteer Opportunities

Orchestra Nova San Diego is now accepting applications for "Nova Hosts" (ushers)!

Nova Hosts will be participants in a program replacing the traditional usher program.  Earn community service hours, extra credit for school…or just join us for the love of music!  You will earn complimentary concert tickets for your hours worked!

You will represent Orchestra Nova as hosts and ushers at all Orchestra Nova public events, providing guests with the best possible experience, ensuring that they always feel comfortable, special and cared for.

All Nova Hosts must complete onsite training, refreshing as necessary through online training, ensuring that they understand the Nova mission of bringing joy and beauty into every single guest’s life – helping to transport them to another world for the two hours they will be participating in the experience. Hosts will have the opportunity to “wow” them by going above and beyond their guests’ expectations!

Nova Hosts are...

*   genuinely caring people

*   confident in their ability to help others

*   able to speak and interact with the public as outlined in the training

*   knowledgeable about Orchestra Nova

*   enthusiastic about Orchestra Nova, passionate about the “Nova experience”

*   dedicated to turning guests into Nova fans

*   available to attend most concerts and events, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Fifteen Nova Classics concerts annually (October-May) and three Masterpiece Messiah concerts in December.

If you are interested, please fill out the application and view the additional material. Return the completed application and direct questions to Erin Oleno, Audience Development Manager: or call us at 858.350.0290.

Other volunteer opportunities


  • Answering phones (must be personable and knowledgeable)
  • Assisting with setting up for concert (including delivery of materials)
  • Staff assistance (knowledge of Word and Excel helpful)


  • Staff assistance – (Internet knowledge and knowledge of Word helpful)
  • Web site, newsletters, media relations, advertising


For more information, please contact us at or 858-350-0290.





Corporate Support

Foundation Donors

$40,000 and above
The James Irvine Foundation
The Parker Foundation

$20,000 and above
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Maestro's Circle

Susan Childs
Samuel Simon Dychter, M.D.
Frances Hunter
Gay and Albert Hugo-Martinez
Claude and Bobbi Kordus
Judith A. Moore
Sue and Bill Weber

Major Government Support

Major funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

San Diego Community Enhancement Program (Pam Slater-Price, Ron Roberts)

San Diego County Community Projects Grants Program (Pam Slater-Price)