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Volunteer Council for the National Symphony Orchestra

About the VCNSO

Greeting patrons, offering musical instrument petting zoos, surveying audience members…this is the work of the Volunteer Council for the National Symphony Orchestra. Members support the NSO’s Education and Community Engagement programs through these activities and more!

Since its founding in 1941, the Volunteer Council has provided volunteer and financial support to the orchestra, funding the Principal Oboe Chair, the sixth NSO subscription week, and one NSO guest conductor week annually. Volunteer Council members meet regularly for business, social, and musical events, like the annual guest conductor reception.

The Volunteer Council is proud to support the Education and Community Engagement programs of the National Symphony Orchestra. Volunteers give thousands of volunteer hours year-round in support of these programs.

Members set up musical instrument "petting zoos" here at the Kennedy Center and off-site at a variety of D.C. venues, greet and usher at community performances, collect audience surveys, assist with NSO Young People’s concerts, the NSO Summer Music Institute, the Youth Fellowship program, and others!

Join Us!

Join over 250 members in volunteering for the National Symphony Orchestra! Membership is open to anyone who shares a love of music and an interest in the NSO! To join, complete a membership application and mail to:

Volunteer Council for the National Symphony Orchestra
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210


Internships with the National Symphony

Are you interested in a career in the performing arts? Apply to become an intern with the National Symphony Orchestra to gain valuable work experience!

The following internships work closely with the NSO:
NSO Operations Intern
NSO Artistic Planning Intern
Education: NSO Library/Education Intern
Public Relations: Classical Press Intern
Development: National Symphony Orchestra Intern

Priority consideration for these internships will be given to candidates available full-time (40 hours per week, Monday through Friday during standard business hours.)

Please click for more information about internships at the Kennedy Center and instructions on how to apply.


Contact the NSO

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210