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Patel Conservatory Volunteers was formed in September 2015. We are a dedicated, enthusiastic group of parents and friends who care about Patel Conservatory. Our objectives: Promote a sense of ownership, community, and goodwill across all departments; Provide trained volunteers to support the faculty and staff of Patel Conservatory; and Involve the community in achieving the […]

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For questions or inquiries, please email us at You can also contact us via phone: 813.641.4424 Patel Conservatory Volunteers – Officer Contact Info Other ways to connect with the Straz and Patel: Facebook Groups Parents and Friends of the Patel Conservatory NGB and PCYB Parents Patel Conservatory Popular Dance (PCPD) Facebook Pages Straz Center Patel […]

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Ready, Set, Dance! 9/12 and 9/15

This charming program is designed for students in Primary, Preparatory and Level 1A ballet. Volunteers will be stationed in the TECO lobby to demonstrate how to make ballet buns and to give tips on being prepared for class. Dancers can receive free kits with samples of bobby pins, hair nets, and other important hair supplies. Moms, […]

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Fall Coffee Social, Saturday 9/15

Back by popular demand! Our Fall Coffee Social will be on Saturday, September 15, 9:30 – 11:30 AM in TECO Courtyard. Parents, students and family members are invited to join us for free refreshments. Drop in while your child is in class. Meet and mingle with new and returning parents. All ages welcome. Hosted by […]

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day is right around the corner. Join us in showing our talented and dedicated faculty and staff how much we love them! Stop by our table in TECO lobby starting April 4 and write notes to your favorite teachers. Sign up HERE to help with the luncheon on April 13.

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Straz Center Expansion

Architectural drawings are now available for the proposed expansion of the Straz Center, which will include renovations and expansions to the Patel Conservatory.  You can see the drawings here.  The expansion was also noted on News Channel 8.

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Ready, Set, Dance!

We’re proud to announce a brand new volunteer project called Ready, Set, Dance!, designed for ballet students in Primary, Preparatory and Level 1A. During the week of September 19-24, volunteers will be stationed in the TECO lobby to help young dancers learn how to get ready for class. They will demonstrate how to make ballet […]

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Thank You, Volunteers!

As we prepare for a new year at Patel Conservatory, we want to celebrate our successful first year as a volunteer committee. We exceeded everyone’s expectations! – Over 150 unique volunteers recorded over 3,000 volunteer hours – Volunteers helped backstage and in the costume shop for most of the conservatory performances – Volunteers organized the […]

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Volunteer Hours Pass 2,000 Mark

We’re proud to share the news that our loyal volunteers contributed over 2,000 volunteer hours during the Fall semester. THANK YOU! Our volunteers helped at many Patel Conservatory events during this period (August – December), including the Open House, Schoolhouse Rock, several performances by Vocal Arts and Ovation!, and The Nutcracker Ballet. Our volunteers also […]

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Nutcracker Group Ticket Sales – Results

During October and November, we sold 219 Nutcracker tickets to 38 family and friends of Patel Conservatory. Thanks to our special group rate (effectively a 38% discount), we had a total savings of over $7,000! Plus, we will enjoy watching our children from excellent seats together in Morsani Hall. Huge thanks to volunteer Kari Dorris, […]

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Meetings are held via zoom on the third Wednesday of the month from 6-7 pm unless otherwise noted on the calendar. All are welcome to attend. If you need the zoom link please email: You can see the meeting minutes and agendas here.

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Background Check:

All Patel Conservatory volunteers must undergo a background check prior to volunteering.

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Volunteer Opportunities include:


Assist young performers backstage and in the dressing rooms with costumes, hair, and make-up. Escort performers to/from stage wings and photo sessions. Annual background check needed.  Here are some instructions and helpful tips for backstage volunteers.

Costume Shop

Use hand or machine sewing to alter or repair costumes. Iron or steam costumes. Take apart seams. Attach name tags, flowers. No experience necessary!

Teacher Appreciation

Help with activities and gifts to give our hard-working faculty and staff a much-needed treat.

Cast Parties / After-Parties

Bring a dish for a putoluck or help with planning, set-up, decorations, activities, and/or clean-up.

Spirit Shop

Help us operate our online store. New ideas for branded products are always welcome! All proceeds from our Spirit Shop benefit Patel Conservatory students.