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Mary B. Martin School of the Arts

College of Arts & Sciences

Fall Semester 2017 - Season 9
Volunteer News

Fall 2017 ImageThe Mary B. Martin School of the Arts has put together another diverse   season of events and we invite you to get very close to the action by volunteering with us. Liven up your imagination as you find these windows to the world taking you to see scenes you have never experienced, and hearing sounds that are strange and stirring. The Wind Whisperers from India will carry you in one direction; the documentary film about Iran in another. We will immerse you in the puzzling world of gender issues, party with a funky Gullah band, and then caress you with Bach cello suites. Finally, at the end of November, we bring you The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, set to music by Martha Redbone. You don't need to miss any of it. Grab your handful of programs and start greeting our patrons and have your flashlight ready to help with late seating. Then slip into your reserved seat to see the event for free.

This fall we have three films, and four concerts that will require marketing distribution, ushering and box office help, and two other visual arts events that will also require marketing assistance. Are we nervous about this? Well maybe a little. But.... we know that we have the best squad of volunteers around, and between our loyal, experienced volunteers and the new ones who will jump in, I think we will have it covered --  and not just adequately, but seamlessly and professionally. Thank You!

Raise your hand for the arts. We need your help. We depend on it! We look forward to seeing the faces of those who have worked with us for years, as well as welcoming the new volunteers into the fold.

  Get close to the action - it’s the only place to be - and jump in with whatever time or talents you can offer us. There is something for every skill and level of commitment. Box office staff, ushers and poster delivery are central to our operations. Be on the Tweet Squad, help transport or work with hospitality for our artists – or just come to the office and do some computer work. Let us tailor our tasks to your interests and availability.
Whether you are a seasoned Mary B. Martin School of the Arts volunteer, a new community member, or a student at ETSU just looking for adventure – please give us a chance to include you on our team. For descriptions of the various volunteer jobs click here.

   Two Smiling Volunteers     Zakeia at work     Elizabeth at work    Door Keepers

Why are these people smiling?  Just because we have fun creating successful events!


Please look at the volunteering opportunities below – you may refer to the web site if you want more details on each event.

To sign up to volunteer for the events that interest you, email our volunteer coordinator Heidi Ehle at , or call 423-439-8333. Your commitment will be confirmed by us as soon as we hear from you. Specifics about each event's schedule are communicated in a timely way before the event date, and a brief training is included before each ushered event. Ushering for an event almost always guarantees you a complimentary seat to enjoy the performance.

Sunday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m.
Wind Whisperers of India, concert
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
8 ushers, 4:30p.m. - 8 p.m.                                                                                                                    

Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
When God Sleeps, documentary film
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
3 ushers, 6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Ranky Tanky, concert
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
10 Ushers, 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Southwest of Salem:
The Story of the San Antonio Four, documentary film
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
3 ushers, 6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. 

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Bach Suites:
A Moveable Feast
Matt Haimovitz, cello concert
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
8 ushers, 5:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Jackson, documentary film
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
3 ushers, 6:15 p.m. - 9:15p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake
Martha Redbone, concert
Martha Street Culp Auditorium
10 ushers, 5:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

      Matt Haimovitz        Martha Redbone         Wind Whisperers

                 Matt Haimovitz                          Martha Redbone                  Wind Whisperers of India


adorantes on bikesDistributing posters in the community is an essential part of our marketing effort. We have an organized route and specific businesses and locations that have agreed to put up our posters. We cover Johnson City, Jonesborough, and sometimes Kingsport. Most poster runs take about two hours of your time, and are best done with two people in the vehicle. Each poster run earns two complimentary tickets to the performance of your choice. Most volunteers make the run in a car, but Michael and Joy Adorante, at left, like to get some exercise at the same time!
To sign up to volunteer for the distribution run that fits your schedule, email our volunteer coordinator Heidi Ehle at or call 423-439-8333.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration -  Fall 2017

Every year we celebrate our volunteers with a special event to thank them for their help during our season. This event gives us a little time to visit and chat with each other, hand out some 'party favors' as a token of our appreciation, and enjoy food and entertainment. Some of the events we have all gotten together for in past years are a barbecue and dance, a showcase of campus arts performances, a poetry reading and dessert reception, and catered dinners with musical and theatrical entertainment.

Last spring we hosted a reception in the Reece Museum with entertainment by a favorite old time band called Bill and the Belles. The event was deliciously catered by EarthFare with decor featuring the art of the masters by the University School students of Ellen Pitts. It was relaxing and fun, and wonderful to be in such an elegant setting. About fifty of our volunteers attended and we recognized those who have contributed so much with some playful kazoo awards. Anyone who has volunteered at all in the 2017-2018 season will be sent an email invitation as the time approaches next spring for our next annual celebration.

What shall we do this spring? It's fun to think about.









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