Active parent volunteers have always been part of the AYSP culture. With approximately 500 students supported by an administrative staff of three, parent volunteers are essential to the success of the program.  Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to get involved from just a few hours to a weekly commitment, including taking attendance and assisting conductors at rehearsals. Other parents contribute gift-in-kind services and goods that reduce expenses to the program.

We request that parents participate as volunteers to the extent they are able. Please complete and return the Volunteer Application Form and check those skills you can provide, tasks you can assist with, and time commitment you are able to make.

Opportunities Include:

Parent Manager

Each ensemble has two to four Parent Managers who provide weekly assistance to the Conductor, students and their parents or guardians. Responsibilities throughout the year may include:

  • Serving as a representative on the Parent Council by attending quarterly meetings
  • Assisting with student fundraising efforts
  • Supporting dress rehearsals, concerts and school tours
  • Taking attendance
  • Uniform and t-shirt sizing

Concert Support

Our students perform in two concerts per year, the Fall Concert in November/December and the Finale Concert in April.  One additional optional concert is scheduled for YS and YO students in December. Your support is needed in the following areas:

  • Assisting with moving percussion and music-related equipment to performance venue
  • Hosting receptions (Youth Symphony Concerts only)
  • Selling tickets and merchandise

Ensemble Support

Additional fundraising and program support is needed for both Youth and Junior groups. Time commitments vary by project. We are currently looking for assistance with:

  • Coordinating parking during rehearsals
  • Luminaria Committee (July through middle December)
    • Assemble luminarias (1 week, limited hours/day)
    • Sponsor your home for luminaria workhouse (2 days, first Friday and Saturday in December)
    • Deliver luminarias (first Saturday in December)
  • Yearbook Committee (Youth groups only)
  • Finding/Gathering Concert Program Sponsorships (Fall and Spring Concert Programs)

Office And Building Support

From time to time our staff may need help at the office.  Time commitments will vary depending upon the project. Some of the ways you can assist our staff include:

  • Building maintenance projects, e.g. painting, cleaning, maintaining parking lot, weeding, etc.
  • Data entry
  • Part-time reception during office hours – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Photocopying

Special Events

Symphonic Kitchen

Starting in 2017, AYSP hosted its first annual signature event, Symphonic Kitchen. This fundraiser pairs premier New Mexican chefs with the talents of our Youth Symphony students and their Conductor, Sayra Siverson, to create a magical evening of music, food and spirits with friends. Volunteer opportunities may include:

  • Registration
  • Set up and/or tear down of spaces
  • Silent Auction Committee

Annual Raffle

AYSP hosts the annual EXPERIENCE NEW MEXICO! Raffle that awards prizes to the top-selling students.  Raffle needs may include:

  • Prize Committee
  • Store promotion sales


Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190