If you’ve ever hoped to add more culture to your life, chances are you’ve at least browsed the performances and events at Wolf Trap in Vienna. The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is committed to creating next-level performing arts experiences for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of its audiences.

Of course, enjoying everything Wolf Trap has to offer doesn’t limit you and your family to performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto or an appearance by Yanni. There are plenty of opportunities for adults to volunteer their time to the operations of the venue itself. The Foundation also invests heavily in arts education for children up to 5 years of age, helping to better engage children in the arts at their earliest stages. 

This fall, flex those creative muscles and have some fun at Wolf Trap. Donate your time, belt out a tune, and take in a show at one of the most iconic performing arts spaces in the country. 

Volunteer as a Wolf Trap Foundation Member

There are several ways to go behind the curtain and volunteer your time to the Foundation. In the summertime, gift shop volunteers assist visitors with merchandise purchases and seat cushion and binocular rentals for enjoying performances from the lawn. Hospitality volunteers collaborate with the Wolf Trap Special Events team to set up Dinners on the Deck, serving guests and breaking down the venue after the event. 

In the fall, as the weather gets a bit chillier, Barns volunteers can assist patrons with ordering food and and beverages while overseeing the order and general cleanliness of the table and bar area. Promotional events volunteers support the public outreach team at various local events by engaging with guests, distributing promotional items, and sharing all of the excitement to come at Wolf Trap. Office volunteers organize mailings, filing, and execute miscellaneous office tasks throughout the year. These tasks are essential to the Foundation's operations, so you can be confident you’re making a big impact while assisting the staff. 

Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

You Can Sing! Private Voice Lessons

If you’ve dreamed of being a contestant on The Voice but need to fine-tune the tunes you’ve been performing in the shower, you’ll enjoy a one-on-one singing session with Wolf Trap’s professional voice instructor. 

Every Saturday through December 1, 30-, 45-, and hour-long lessons are offered in the state-of-the-art private practice rooms with instruction by accomplished soprano Sarah B. Markovits. The lessons move at your pace as you learn proper voice training and various music styles. Whether you’re hoping Adam Levine will turn is chair around, or you just want to crush it at your next karaoke night, after a few lessons one thing’s for sure: You can sing!

Bourbon and Bubbles at the Barns

Fall brings about the finer things in life, and what better way to feel festive than with top shelf bourbon and champagne? Bourbon and Bubbles at the Barns will be taking place on Friday, November 2 at 6pm, and will feature a guided tasting experience of all your favorite sophisticated sips, along with gourmet southern fare and live music. 

While it’s fun to don your brightest bow ties and cutest cocktail attire any night of the week, it’s even better when it’s for a good cause. Bourbon and Bubbles helps support the Wolf Trap Foundation’s arts and education programs, so raise a glass to libations and philanthropy!

Founder’s Day: Chamber Music at the Barns

When you hear “Power Couple,” you might think of Beyonce and Jay-Z, or JLo and ARod. Would piano and cello masters come to mind? They did for The Wall Street Journal, who dubbed Wu Han and David Finckel “The Power Couple of Chamber Music.” 

On Sunday, November 4 at 3pm, the couple will be performing Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas to launch Wu Han’s tenure as the Artistic Advisor of Chamber Music at The Barns. They’re renowned for energetic, imaginative performances and are sure to deliver a classical music concert the likes of which you’ve never seen. 

John Lloyd Young

Didn’t get a chance to see the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway? No worries. John Lloyd Young, who earned a Tony Award for originating the role of singer Frankie Valli in the show, has brought his repertoire of classic pop and R&B to audiences across the country, and he’s coming to Wolf Trap on Thursday, November 8 at 8pm. 

Experience what the New York Times called a “one-in-a-million high tenor” as Young turns such classics as “In The Still of the Night,” “Unchained Melody,” and “Hey There, Lonely Girl” into your new favorite renditions. And who knows: maybe “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” will slip its way into the set list, too… 

Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes

Get ready to cross “Watched a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer perform” off your bucket list: Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes are bringing soulful rock music to The Barns on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm. 

Sing along with fellow fans of such iconic tunes as  "Be My Baby,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “Baby I Love You,” and the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain.” Having worked alongside legends like The Beatles, Patti Smith, and Bruce Springsteen, Spector is one of music’s ultimate talents. If you want to show your kids where awesome, female-fronted bands and performers of today stem from, you’ll need to to bring them to this show.

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