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FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra is a volunteer support group for the Minnesota Orchestra, one of the top ten orchestras in the United States.

We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, separate from the Minnesota Orchestra.

Since our inception, we have donated more than $10 million to the Minnesota Orchestra. Hundreds of our volunteers contribute more than 10,000 hours each year to supporting the Minnesota Orchestra.

Formerly known as WAMSO – Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association, the group was founded in 1949. We changed our name to FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2012 when it was agreed that “WAMSO,” an acronym of the original first name of the organization, the “Women’s Association of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,” no longer described our diversity and mission. Today, members and volunteers include men and women of various backgrounds, experiences, regions, and ages.

Membership is open to all who love music, love the Minnesota Orchestra, and enjoy the company of others who feel the same.  Membership is on a rolling basis, meaning anyone can join at any time of the year.

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