What We Do
Our mission is to create opportunities that bring the power of music to children, families, and adults.
We are a membership driven and financed organization. Membership is open to all who enjoy music, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the company of others who feel the same.
Our programs and social events provide our members with a special connection to the Minnesota Orchestra and its music and to each other.
As volunteers, we run Kinder Konzerts, our award-winning program that brings Minnesota Orchestra music to preschool, Kindergarten and early elementary school children who might not have even heard of a violin, much less had a chance to play one. We run our Young Artist Competition that provides young musicians with an opportunity to perform and be critiqued by professionals, including Maestro Osmo Vanska, and to compete for scholarship prizes, and an opportunity to play with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Adult Social and Educational Events
Our members and music lovers delight in advancing their music knowledge and connection to the Minnesota Orchestra with our stand-out Accent programs that bring Minnesota Orchestra musicians to speak in a friendly, interactive setting, complete with a little wine and snacks. We also hold three luncheons annually, a gala and other social events to enjoy each other’s company and make new friends.
Some of our members donate generously to FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra even though they are unable to attend social events or volunteer. Some have family or job commitments. Some live out of town during peak volunteer time. And some have too little time for all that presses on their calendar. But all believe in the programs and mission of FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra and want to keep these going and growing. There is a level of involvement for everyone.
FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra is dedicated to creating opportunities that connect people of all ages and ability to music and the incredible Minnesota Orchestra. Our programs and events are based on education, social, audience development and fundraising initiatives that increase engagement and participation with music.