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Strings Music Festval: The backstage heroes

This week at Strings:

Monday, June 29, 5:30 p.m. — The Pop Ups Puppet Workshop at Library Hall

Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m. — The Pop Ups (Youth)

Wednesday, July 1, 6 p.m. — French Chamber Music Favorites

Thursday, July 2, 12:15 p.m. — Catalyst Quartet (Music on the Green)

Friday, July 3, 8 p.m. — Brent Rowan & Friends

Sunday, July 5, 7 p.m. — A Night with Perry-Mansfield Dance

— An arts organization cannot exist without a battalion of dedicated people behind it.

In this column, I often talk about the artists onstage and the efforts they go through to bring live music to the Pavilion, and we regularly and loudly thank our generous financial supporters for their gifts.

Today, I want to draw back the curtain and talk about our volunteers. I’ve never worked for an arts organization that didn’t have a glorious group of volunteers toiling away behind the scenes…and Strings is no exception.



This week at Strings:

Monday, June 29, 5:30 p.m. — The Pop Ups Puppet Workshop at Library Hall

Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m. — The Pop Ups (Youth)



Wednesday, July 1, 6 p.m. — French Chamber Music Favorites

Thursday, July 2, 12:15 p.m. — Catalyst Quartet (Music on the Green)

Friday, July 3, 8 p.m. — Brent Rowan & Friends

Sunday, July 5, 7 p.m. — A Night with Perry-Mansfield Dance

The cynical among you (I recognize you because I am also an official Doubter-of-All-Things-I-Didn’t-Personally-Invent) might say, “Volunteers are free labor. Of course you like them.” Well, yes and no. If you’ve ever gotten a cruddy goodie bag of marketing freebies at a conference or accepted the logo-ridden take-away gift for participating in a survey, you know that free does not always equal quality.

I say this to point out that it’s not the free part of our volunteers that we love. It’s their passion, dedication and commitment to the arts that we celebrate.

What do our volunteers do for Strings? Guild member volunteers support Strings’ mission by organizing fundraisers — this year, they’re doing the Kitchen and Garden Tour as well as four Silent Auction nights — and they schedule and organize the community volunteer corps.

Community volunteers give their time to usher at concerts — taking tickets, helping figure out which seats have lost their marker tags and where a patron’s tush belongs, assisting the house manager to keep the audience safe and happy — in addition to manning the concessions and box office.

Leslie Morace, Strings’ finance and box office director says, “This is how many people are able to give to the arts: by donating their valuable time.”

But Strings volunteers do more than just help out at concerts. They are a solid cross-section of our community, and we listen carefully to what they have to say about programming choices, schedules, facilities and operations. They let Strings know when we mess something up and when we get something right. Our guild and volunteers believe in us and our mission, and their feedback keeps us always improving.

At every performance in the Pavilion, I encounter different members of our knowledgeable, dedicated volunteer corps. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and I agree whole-heartedly with Leslie when she says, “They are our heart and soul.”

Thank you, Strings volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you.

If you’re interested in becoming a Strings Guild member or a community volunteer, please contact Dustin Bergstrom, ticket sales and office manager, at 970-879-5056, ext. 103.


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