There are many ways in which you can support Philharmonia through your volunteer efforts. We rely on this dedicated group of individuals to help us at concerts and special events and to house our guest artists. This support is critical to helping Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra maintain our position as the leading period-instrument orchestra in the country – and we deeply appreciate it. If you are willing and able to contribute your time and energy, we would love to hear from you. Consider the following opportunities…


Your “can-do” attitude and love of working with people will be welcomed as you assist PBO as a Concert Assistant.  You may be asked to fill the traditional role of an usher, or you may assist our box office, sell CD’s, assist our patrons at our Pre- Concert Talks or any other number of duties.  No experience is required just your willingness to be flexible, ability to work with a broad range of colorful personalities, and lots of energy.  However, experience ushering/working in a busy concert environment is preferred as is the ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

To volunteer for concert assistance, please contact Myles K. Glancy at mglancy@philharmonia.org.


As a Donor Event Volunteer, you will play a significant role in thanking our esteemed Philharmonia supporters, while demonstrating the importance of an approachable attitude and gracious professionalism. Special Events require that you dress business casual, and you may be asked to pour and/or serve alcohol. No experience is required, although the ability to lift up to 25 lbs and stand for long periods of time is preferred.

To volunteer for donor events, please contact Laila Zakzook at lzakzook@philharmonia.org.


Want to make a closer connection with world-renowned guest artists and out-of-town orchestra members of Philharmonia Baroque, perhaps over a home-cooked meal or coffee in the morning?  During each concert set, we ask local PBO supporters to graciously open their doors and host our visiting musicians who will share the stage with our Orchestra … and one of these homes could be yours!

We are still in need of gracious hosts to offer comfortable rooms for our guest artists during the current season.  Accommodations in the East Bay are preferable.  If you’d like the opportunity to connect with our visiting musicians in a most unique way – and have a spare bedroom – this is the opportunity for you.

To volunteer to house guest artists, please contact Myles K. Glancy at mglancy@philharmonia.org.

claudinecropWe spoke to supporter and long-time host of Philharmonia Baroque, Claudine P. Torfs about her experience as a host to our guest artists.

Claudine joined the ranks of our esteemed and so-appreciated artist hosts in the late 1990s when she responded to a plea at a performance to help house Philharmonia’s out-of-town musicians. She remembers thinking at the time, “I have two rooms, why not?”

Her first guest was Jonathan Boyd, who was in town to perform in the Messiah in 1999 and she hasn’t stopped since. Her home has hosted many of our orchestra and guest artists – Danny Bond, Robin Blazes and Dominique Labelle to name a few – over the years. Many of those guests are now considered part of Claudine’s family.

She loves breakfasting with her guest artists and talking about what they are playing or working on. Over the years, she’s learned so much from them. “It’s enjoyable, interesting, fulfilling in so many ways and another way that I can help Philharmonia.”

Listening to Claudine’s stories and memories, it’s clear that hosting the artists is an experience that she prizes highly. We can’t thank Claudine enough for her hospitality and hope her story has inspired you to open your home to one of our musicians or guest artists as well.