More than 700 individuals dedicate countless hours and endless energy to support the success of UMS. From performance ushers and singers in the UMS Choral Union to student interns and community members who help oversee and implement UMS programs, volunteers donate an estimated 45,000 hours a year in support of UMS.

Review the many ways in which you could volunteer for UMS, and then submit your volunteer interests through the form at the bottom of this page.


UMS Ambassadors champion our community engagement mission, provide and secure financial support, and assist in countless other ways.

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If you are passionate about arts advocacy and would like to connect deeply with UMS, Ambassadors may be a great match for you. More than 70 members of the UMS Ambassadors work to increase awareness of and participation in UMS programs through ushering at UMS school-day performances, helping UMS staff with projects and events, and creating partnerships with various U-M and community groups.

Members serve a three-year term, which may be extended for an additional three years by invitation of the chair. Membership recruitment begins in January, and new members join in June. To learn more, please contact:

Cindy Straub, manager of volunteers & special events
734-647-8009 or

Choral Union

Formed in 1879 by a group of local university and townspeople who gathered together for the study of Handel’s Messiah, the UMS Choral Union has performed with many of the world’s distinguished orchestras and conductors.

Participation in the UMS Choral Union is open to students and adults by audition. Learn more about the group’s award-winning history and upcoming auditions.


If you love attending performances and have a few hours to help UMS post flyers in the Ann Arbor area, our “Publicity Operations/Signage Team” program is perfect for you.

Volunteers earn tickets in exchange for taking promotional posters to local businesses. To sign up to receive information about upcoming POST events, contact:
Mallory Schirr, marketing coordinator
734-647-4020 or

Student Committee

The UMS Student Committee is a student organization dedicated to keeping the campus community connected to the performing arts via UMS performances. Members have a deep love for the performing arts and have found that the committee is a really satisfying, social way to stay connected to the arts throughout their college career. Members get two free tickets for every four hours of volunteering with UMSSC. With over 30 volunteer opportunities each year, it’s easy to earn free tickets to almost all of our upcoming performances. Join our volunteer list anytime by emailing

If you’re interested in taking a leadership role in the Student Committee, we are now accepting applications for 2016-2017 UMS Student Committee Board members. The Board works together to envision, create, and implement integrated marketing campaigns on campus to promote UMS by attending biweekly meetings at the UMS Offices. Consider joining the UMSSC Board if you are a U-M student interested in gaining mentored resume-building experiences in marketing, public relations, event planning, or programming. You’ll choose six performances each season to focus your energy on promoting and will receive a free ticket to each.

The next round of applications is mid-September 2016.


Volunteer ushers play a vital role in the audience experience. Typical tasks include greeting patrons, distributing programs, directing patrons to seats, addressing disturbances and distractions, and assisting patrons with special needs.

Usher orientation sessions are held twice annually (September and early January) for new volunteer ushers. Contact with questions.

For active ushers: Access VSP

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