In April 1948, Pierre Béique, OSM General Manager, founded a Ladie’s Committee of a dozen women. In 1965, it was renamed the Volunteer committee to make way for men who also wanted to make their contribution. This committee is now called the Association des bénévoles de l’OSM.


Since its inception, the Association has played an essential role in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal by getting involved in a number of different projects related to the educational and musical activities.

Whether on a regular basis or more occasionally, our 150 volunteer members support the activities of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) enthusiastically and with dedication. In so doing they contribute to making the classical-music repertoire better known and to maintaining the OSM’s excellent reputation. Becoming a volunteer with the OSM can be an exhilarating adventure for people seeking to get involved and to make their skills available to an artistic and musical cause.

For more information, dial 514 840-7400 #7439 and leave a message. Or email us at benevole@osm.ca.



. The OSM Manuvie Competition (formerly OSM Standard Life Competition) is open to young Canadian musicians since 1937.  It gives them a springboard to international competitions.  Several hundred prize-winners are now well known on the national and international scenes.  The work of the volunteers contributes substantially to the success of the Competition.


. The Youth Concerts, founded by Wilfrid Pelletier in 1935, have reached thousands of school children, teaching them how to appreciate classical music and how to distinguish a symphony from a concerto, a cello from a violin.  Volunteers visit the schools before each concert to prepare the students for the experience of listening to an orchestra and to stimulate their interest.


. The Symphony matinees :  the morning concerts are intended for an older audience.  The volunteers serve them coffee.  They also welcome high school students.


. Transportation service :  at the request of the OSM, volunteers provide transport services for visiting musicians upon their arrival in Montreal.


. Press review :  volunteers scan daily newspapers and publications for articles that relate to the activities of the OSM, for the OSM archives.


. Guided tours of the Maison symphonique :  volunteers guide invited visitors to discover the  concert hall, its exceptional acoustic quality and its Grand orgue Pierre-Béique.


Membership in the Association entails annual dues of $40.

Become a member by simply email us at :  benevole@osm.ca



Robert Quesnel, president

Yolande Bourgoing

Alphonse Chiasson

Alain Coté

Maria Dame

Irène Fabry

Huguette Faulkner



Beverly Goulet

Nicole Langevin

Serge Massé

Claude Moquin

Diane Paquin

Jocelyne St-Laurent

Carmen Trevino





Membership in the Association entails annual dues of $40.

Become a member by simply email us at :  benevole@osm.ca