Campus Night: Student Ambassador Reflections

Campus Night: Student Ambassador Reflections

Photo: Student Ambassadors at our November 4 Campus Night, photo by Don Hughes

The first Campus Night on November 4 was a big success, as nearly 500 college students were part of the sold-out crowd that filled Orchestra Hall! All the credit goes to our Student Ambassadors who helped spread the word on their campuses about Minnesota Orchestra student ticket discounts.

Now in its second year, the Student Ambassador program has grown to include 40-plus students representing six Minnesota campuses. Through this program, students can add their Ambassador experience to their résumés and have the opportunity to work directly with Minnesota Orchestra staff and musicians.

Here are just a few things our current Ambassadors had to say about the first Campus Night and being a Student Ambassador:

Ines Guanchez

Photo: Ines Guanchez

“One reason Campus Night was very special to me was because of the energy. There is something to be said about sharing music in such a bright and diverse atmosphere, to see the hall filled with voices and excitement; it really is a unique experience that promises fond memories and an unforgettable performance.” - Ines Guanchez, University of Minnesota

Connor Neill

Photo: Connor Neill

“The best part about being a Student Ambassador for me is getting involved in the greater Twin Cities community. I can connect with other students as well as professionals who share an appreciation for orchestral music.” - Connor Neill, University of Minnesota

Zack Pentecost

Photo: Zack Pentecost

“Overall, the best part of Campus Night was being able to watch a crowd of young and old concertgoers get larger and larger as they enjoyed their time in Orchestra Hall…even before the start of the concert.” - Zack Pentecost, University of Minnesota

“I hope that after this concert, students who don’t normally go to classical concerts realize how great they can be and what an amazing experience they are. And those who normally attend, keep going to make their life better through music!” - Justin Thai, University of Minnesota

“To me, the best part of being a Student Ambassador or is hearing students that are new to the orchestra world saying how much they enjoyed the concert. It has been a great way to reach out and show people how great classical music is.” - Alexa Sorensen, Eagan High School

Derek Parshall

Photo: Derek Parshall

“But the best thing of being an Ambassador is thinking BIG about the future. Not just classical concerts, but movie concerts, family concerts, youth concerts, events that entertain us all every single day.” - Derek Parshall, Augsburg College

“As one of the volunteers, I enjoyed meeting the other ambassadors and hearing why they were passionate about music.” - Elena Kolbrek, University of Minnesota

“We made a difference by helping to create energy. Our volunteering was a declaration that classical music is still relevant and important to younger generations.” - Kristen Rokke, University of Minnesota

Bravo Student Ambassadors! Keep bringing that energy. We’re already looking forward to our next Campus Night on March 3 for the Inside the Classics: Bartók’s Farewell concert. Student discount tickets for that concert will go on sale in January.

Interested in joining the Student Ambassador team? We’ll be recruiting in January. Details and information »

Minnesota Orchestra Staff