Ashley Tao is one of our most active members on the HPO’s Volunteer Roster. When she’s not working on her PhD in medical physics, Ashley plays the flute in the Dundas Concert Band and Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band – and volunteers her “spare” time with the HPO!

“There are several reasons why I chose to volunteer for the HPO. Music has always been a part of my life. I grew up playing the piano and flute. However, during my undergraduate years at McMaster, I stopped playing music altogether. After starting graduate school, my goal was to make music a bigger part of my life and become more involved in my community. My friend and I were on the HPO website to buy tickets for a concert and I noticed that there was an opportunity to volunteer. After finding out what it was all about, I knew this was exactly what I was looking for. I have now been volunteering with the HPO for about three years and it has been quite a rewarding experience. I’ve met some great people along the way and it just makes me very happy to see everyone coming together to enjoy these concerts.”
– Ashley

Volunteers play an instrumental role in the work of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. This week is National Volunteer Week – April 12 to 18, 2015 – and is all about volunteer recognition. The HPO is proud to recognize our many volunteers who help make our organization strong. Volunteers contribute to the HPO in different ways. In our administrative office and in FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place), both front and centre and behind the scenes, our dedicated volunteers demonstrate remarkable commitment to helping us pursue our vision to excite, engage and encourage an appreciation of orchestral music in our community. To join our Volunteer Roster email your resume and a letter of interest to Heather Hollis at or by calling 905‑526‑7756.