Given that the current estimated value of volunteer time is over $20 per hour, did you know that members of our Advisory Committee donated over $100,000 to UMS last year in volunteer time alone? The time and talents that people share with UMS are, quite literally, worth a fortune.

When deciding if and where to volunteer, think about activities that fulfill an organization’s needs but have meaning to you as well. Do you have a skill or talent that you could develop as a volunteer? Or, do you want to try something new and different? At UMS, a variety of volunteering opportunities are available.

  • Ways To Volunteer
  • Getting Involved

    UMS Advisory Committee

    The UMS Advisory Committee is an organization of over 80 volunteers who contribute over 7,500 hours of service to UMS each year. The Advisory Committee advances the goals of UMS, champions our mission through community engagement, provides and secures financial support, and assists in countless other ways as UMS ambassadors. If you are passionate about arts advocacy and have a desire to connect with our organization on a deep level, the Advisory Committee may be a great match for you. To learn more, please contact Cindy Straub at cstraub@umich.edu or 734-763-3100.

    UMS Choral Union

    Open to singers of all ages, the 170-voice UMS Choral Union performs choral music of every genre in historic performance venues. Participation in the UMS Choral Union is open to all by audition, held in the spring and the fall of each year.

    Auditions for the 2014-2015 season will take place in Fall 2014. Contact Kathy Operhall, Chorus Manager, for an audition appointment (kio@umich.edu)

    Publicity Operations/Signage Team (POST)

    UMS’s newest community volunteer program is “Publicity Operations/Signage Team” or POST. If you love seeing live performing arts events and have a few extra hours to spare to help UMS post flyers in the downtown Ann Arbor area, this program is perfect for you!

    Here’s how it works:

    • Sign up for the e-mail list to receive information about upcoming POST events.
    • Volunteer to POST for an event and take posters to local businesses, filling out a checklist that will be provided.
    • Return your checklist to UMS by the designated date and receive two complimentary tickets.
    • Enjoy the performance!

    If you’d like to join the POST team and earn a pair of free tickets to select performances on the 12/13 season, please contact Truly Render at trender@umich.edu or 734-647-4020.

    UMS Student Committee

    The UMS Student Committee is an official U-M student organization dedicated to keeping the campus community connected to the performing arts via UMS performances. This group is responsible for planning and executing Arts & Eats, the UMS student ticket option that includes a pre-show pizza soiree. The group also works together to envision, create, and implement integrated marketing campaigns on campus to promote UMS. This is the perfect committee to join if you are a U-M student who is interested in gaining mentored resume-building experiences in marketing, public relations, event planning, programming, and special events. UMS Student Committee members have a deep love for the performing arts and many have found that the committee is a really satisfying, social way to stay connected to them throughout their college career—especially since they rack up volunteer “points” that can be redeemed for free tickets to select UMS performances.

    For more information on how to become involved, contact 2013-2014 UMS Student Committee President, Rheme Sloan at umsscboard@umich.edu.

    Ushering at UMS Performances

    Learn more about ushering with UMS.

  • UMS Advisory Committee
  • The UMS Advisory Committee is an organization of over 60 volunteers who contribute over 7,500 hours of service to UMS each year. The Advisory Committee champions the mission and advances the goals of UMS through community engagement, financial support and other volunteer service.

    Advisory Committee members work to increase awareness of and participation in UMS programs through participating in the Education and Community Engagement committee, ushering at UMS youth performances, and creating partnerships with various U-M and community groups.

    Raising funds to support UMS Education Programs is a major goal of the Advisory Committee.

    Member Experiences

    “Serving on Advisory (1997-2003) was my first long-term experience in community volunteer work—and it was so enjoyable, interesting, instructive, and meaningful that I’m still volunteering and still loving it. UMS is a unique organization that brings us once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in live performing arts. It’s an honor and great fun to work with UMS staff and volunteers to help make that happen.”—Debbie Herbert

    “I was honored to be asked to serve on the Advisory Committee, and I can honestly say it has been a wonderful experience. I have made many new friends and have had the opportunity to participate in activities which clearly support and reflect my interests. The volunteer opportunities presented are varied and you never feel extraneous. You know that the time and effort you expend serves to help UMS meet its mission and goals and is appreciated and important. Serving as a member of the Advisory Committee is enjoyable, educational, exciting, creative, and fulfilling – all this and more while helping the marvelous community resource known as UMS.”—Susan Fisher

    “I’ve been an Advisory member since 2007 and it has enhanced my life in so many ways—I’ve made great new friends, developed new skills and been exposed to the Performing Arts in ways I could not have imagined. It’s been a fantastic experience!”—Sarah Nicoli

    How to Join

    Members serve a three-year term, which may be extended for an additional three years by invitation of the Chair of the Advisory Committee. Membership recruitment begins in January, and new members join in June. For more information, please contact Membership Chair Ann Martin at a2ann@yahoo.com.

  • Ushering
  • UMS ushers play a vital role in the audience experience, from greeting guests to assisting with special needs. Usher orientation sessions are held twice annually for new and returning ushers. There will be new usher orientations in early September 2014 for those interested in ushering the 2014-2015 season. Dates and sign-up information will be posted in mid-August. Please check this page for details. Contact Front-of-House Assistant Ellen Miller at ellenrm@umich.edu with questions.

    For active ushers

    Access VSP

    Active ushers can submit suggestions via the UMS Usher Corps Suggestion Form.

    Please contact Kate Gorman at fohums@umich.edu with any questions about our ushering program.


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