Volunteers for Symphony
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association is the largest provider of instrumental music education outreach programs in the Quad City service region. Touring ensembles–Brass, String, and Woodwind–travel within a 35 mile radius of the Quad Cities to Iowa and Illinois schools (including many rural districts) on a rotating basis reaching more than 14,000 students.
Symphony Day brings 7,000 fourth and fifth graders to the Adler Theatre every year. Training in music performance is provided for approximately 250 accomplished young musicians through the QCSYO's four ensembles: Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth String Ensemble, and Prelude Strings. QCSO music programs are fully integrated into the curriculum of area school districts and address the general decline in local public school funding of arts education.
New Volunteers for Symphony projects for the 2013-14 season are Inside the Music luncheons with Mark Russell Smith and other guest musicians and providing Friday night rehearsal dinners for the musicians. 2nd Fiddle, already the premier sales event, will glitter with several new facets. And a new youth ensemble, the Quad City Youth Children's Choir will be under the direction of Mary Tallitsch (also a VFS member).
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra performs twelve subscription concerts, two giant Pops concerts, and a series of more intimate Signature Series concerts. Saturday evening subscription concerts are held at the Adler Theatre in Davenport while Sunday afternoon subscription concerts are performed at Centennial Hall, Augustana College in Rock Island. Additional performance events include Youth Orchestra and Children's Choir concerts. Volunteers are needed to help at all of these events!