meet the music docent


There are three Meet the Music concerts each season. Docents are asked to attend a two hour weekday morning training session at the LACO offices a few weeks prior to each of the four concerts. After the meetings, docents will then disperse to schools to teach students participating in Meet the Music. Docents are invited to attend all Meet the Music concerts.

duties include:

Going to schools to teach students about the music they will hear at a LACO concert. Introducing students to classical music in a fun way.

skills required:

Enthusiasm and the ability to present knowledge in exciting ways to large groups of 4th, 5th and 6th graders. An appreciation of music is a big plus, but a musical background is not required. We will provide you with all the information and training that you will need to teach the students.


Volunteer Position with insider perks and the invaluable opportunity to experience LACO’s Meet the Music concerts. Parking for training sessions and Meet the Music concerts will be provided.

Please call Taylor Lockwood at 213 622 7001 × 212 for more information.


Volunteering is a satisfying way to give back to your favorite Orchestra. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet the musicians, attend concerts, receive acknowledgment in our season program and more!

Some of the ways you can help include office support, music education, concert/event support and orchestra hospitality. Learn more, or contact us at



Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is seeking an organized and driven development professional to serve as the Senior Manager of Annual Giving. This individual will serve as part of a seasoned team of three that is committed to growing philanthropic support at the nation’s premier chamber orchestra.

Since March 2020, the organization has seen an influx of donors between $1 and $9,999. The primary responsibility for this role is donor engagement, stewardship, and solicitation focused on individual donors up to $10,000. The position will implement strategies in coordination with other members of the team, with particular emphasis on outreach with donors and growing revenue from annual fund and mid-level supporters. This role will collaborate with artistic and marketing for LACO’s 25+ year new music commissioning program, Sound Investment.

This position reports to the Director of Development.

Key responsibilities:
  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors who give up to $10,000 annually; maintain personal contacts and involvement activities for these donors
  • Work in coordination with the Director of Development and the communications team to design and manage direct marketing efforts focused on messaging to annual fund and mid-level donors, including multiple direct mail/email appeals annually and regular digital communication
  • Develop and manage individual donor-specific written materials, including solicitations, renewals, stewardship communications, and program updates
  • In coordination with Director of Development, achieve financial objectives by preparing an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions.
  • Five years of progressive professional fundraising experience required; a background in performing arts and working knowledge of classical music is a plus
  • Experience engaging directly with donors, and employing moves management processes to encourage increased giving
  • The individual should have experience building out successful donor acquisition and annual fund engagement programs.
  • Comfort with managing up and communicating your ideas and recommendations clearly and convincingly
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to offer creative solutions
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Excel) and knowledge of and experience with CRM databases (Patron Manager and/or Salesforce CRM software a plus)
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion
Application Submission Guidelines

Please submit the following materials to Director of Development Julia Paras.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Supplementary application materials that you believe to be relevant