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Share in the pride of knowing you are helping Maine’s premiere Symphony thrive.

Volunteering for the Portland Symphony Orchestra offers the opportunity to become more engaged in the Symphony and its service to the community. Interact with our musicians and staff, fellow Symphony volunteers, and learn how the Symphony works behind the scenes.

Our volunteers are comprised of men and women from a diverse array of ages and backgrounds. We have a variety of important tasks that appeal to varying levels of skill and time commitment.

If you would like to volunteer at the PSO, or if you would like any further information, please contact us at marketing@portlandsymphony.org or (207) 773-6128. We look forward to your involvement in our volunteer activities!


Ushering for PSO

The PSO has a long history of dedicated ushers, and the volunteer position is extremely popular.

If you are interested in exploring ushering for the PSO, think ahead! You must first be certified by the City of Portland as a Merrill Auditorium usher. Contact Merrill’s usher coordinator, Leslie Wolf at lwolf@portlandmaine.gov and ask to be notified of the next usher orientation program (which always takes place in the fall). Everyone must complete this program in order to be eligible to usher for any program at Merrill. After you have been certified you can choose to sign up for any performance at Merrill Auditorium, including any PSO performances!

Please note: The list of available ushers increases every year, and it is likely that your time on the waiting list may be even longer than one year. In order to remain eligible to usher, all ushers, active or not, must take the Merrill refresher course every fall. In order to adequately staff Magic of Christmas performances, all regular ushers must work at least three Magic performances to remain eligible to usher other PSO performances.

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THE 2024-25 SEASON


Individual tickets available for sale on June 17.



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Never been to a symphony before? Don’t worry, we’re here to help

Find the answers to all the questions about the orchestra you may be too afraid to ask!

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Bring your class to a youth concert

Coming in 2025… The Portland Symphony Orchestra partners with Carnegie Hall to present Link Up: The Orchestra Sings! Link Up is a fully participatory, school-day concert program. Students will fill Merrill Auditorium to sing, play recorders, move, and listen along with the symphony from their seats. This program is designed for students in grades 3-5 but all are welcome and encouraged to participate!

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Ticket sales cover only a portion of what it takes to produce the PSO’s artistic and education programs. Your generous support is vital in helping us deliver music programs that serve children and adult listeners.


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Meet the PSO’s Music Director


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