GLCO is looking for volunteers to join our ever-growing team for the upcoming 2023-2024 season! From concert ushers, to event setup and everything in between – we need your help!  You’ll join a group of individuals who donate their time, expertise and special skills to help make the organization stronger. Volunteer opportunities include:

Event Staffing

  • Ticket Sales
  • Ushering
  • Receptions

Office Assistance

  • Answer phones and take ticket orders
  • Help with mailings
  • Data entry

Distribute Literature

  • Hang posters in business windows in your area
  • Coordinate a group of volunteers to hang posters throughout surrounding communities
  • Hand deliver rack cards to appropriate venues

Computer Assistance

  • Help create an improved database
  • Provide a variety of hardware and software expertise

Provide In-Kind Services (some examples)

  • Graphic design expertise
  • Photography
  • Videography

For more information about these and other volunteering opportunities, please contact us at 231.487.0010 or info@glcorchestra.org


The Pattengale Volunteer Award is given annually to the individual who has contributed directly to the success of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra as a volunteer. Named for founding member, Dr. Robert Pattengale, the award has been presented to the following recipients:

2018 Pattengale Volunteer Award Recipient
Sally Campi

Sally is a champion for the arts organizations in our area, and especially for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. She lives up to her belief that the arts are important for all people.

Sally was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri and attended Mary Institute, a private school which offered many liberal arts enrichment programs including a monthly concert by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. It was during these concerts that she learned of her appreciation for music. While the Symphony played mostly classical pieces for the student body, the music director at the school was the St. Louis icon, Ronald Arnatt, the founder of the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and he introduced the student body to more contemporary music, his own compositions, as well as instruction in the various instruments during weekly music classes.

Sally graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California, a predominately liberal arts college with emphasis on the history of the music, art, history, literature, and religions of the world. In her years growing up in St. Louis, she also enjoyed wonderful summers in Charlevoix and a great love for the Northwest Michigan area. In 2011, she and her husband moved permanently to Charlevoix, where the confluence of her two loves naturally led her to the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Her involvement in support of the Orchestra and other arts nonprofits in the area is a natural evolution of a lifelong commitment to support and belief of the importance of keeping the arts available for the benefit of all.

Sally served as Chairperson of our Crescendo event for two consecutive years. We are grateful to Sally for her countless hours of service and dedication to helping make this event memorable and successful. Thank you, Sally!


Past Recipients:

2017 – Dibby Smith
2016 – Joyce Herbert
2015 – Diane and Jim McMahon
2014 – Ray Roth
2013 – David Kendall
2012 – Ruth Ann Hull
2011 – Bonnietta Benn
2010 – Cynthia Donahey
2009 – John Van Patten
2008 – John Myers
2007 – Bing Farrar
2006 – Robert Pattengale

Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.