There are many ways to become involved with this dynamic and exciting organization and volunteering with Arizona Musicfest has countless rewards! Our volunteers develop friendships with others who enjoy music and contribute to our community in many ways. They play an important role in delivering our programs in education, youth competition and concerts during our festival seasons. We welcome you to join us as we share the joy of music!

There are many ways to participate as a volunteer:

  • Assist at youth competitions
  • Deliver brochures
  • Provide housing for a festival orchestra musician
  • Serve lunches and snacks to festival orchestra musicians
  • Usher for preconcert lectures
  • Usher for concerts
  • Assist with artist hospitality
  • Sell merchandise
  • Office Assistance

How to Volunteer

  1. Check out the Volunteer Job Descriptions at left to see many ways in which you can be involved. The amount of time you volunteer is strictly up to you.
  2. Then, fill out a Volunteer Application at left, and we will be in touch.
  3. If you have questions, please contact the office, 480-488-0806 or email azmusicfest@azmusicfest.org.

Volunteers are vital and integral to the success of Arizona Musicfest. Acting as representative ambassadors, volunteers facilitate programs and events offered by our organization. Following is a list of volunteering opportunities and related requirements:

YOUTH EDUCATION

The Youth Education program promotes music education in schools by introducing exposure to classical music, reinforcing interest through live performances, and, thereby, developing future audiences. Volunteers serve as ushers and monitors when live music programs are held at the school or in other area venues.

Volunteers for Youth Education must enjoy interacting with children and have good communication skills.

YOUNG MUSICIANS COMPETITION

Musicfest sponsors five Young Musician Competitions throughout the year. Volunteers help facilitate these programs with a variety of job assignments, from welcoming the musician and his/her family and escorting them throughout the competition process, to being a timer for their practice sessions. Volunteers may also assist with serving lunch and snacks to the music judges,
staff and other volunteers.

Volunteers must be able to follow directions, communicate clearly and help provide a positive competition experience for the musician.

BROCHURE DISTRIBUTION

At the beginning of the winter festival season, volunteers distribute our brochures to area resorts, hotels and businesses. Volunteers choose where they would like to make deliveries, selecting from our master composite list.

Volunteers should be pleasant and personable, and be able to make the selected deliveries within a two-week time frame in early January.

HOST A FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN

Arizona Musicfest provides housing for musicians during festival orchestra, which is usually for one week, mid-February. This is a unique and wonderful experience! The host provides a separate bedroom, private bathroom, and a light breakfast. The host should live within about 25 minutes from La Casa de Cristo Church. The musicians have their own transportation, Musicfest provides lunch and they are responsible for their own dinners. The musician may practice their instrument in your home, but as they have a busy rehearsal and performance schedule, they are a way much of the time. Our Housing Chair coordinates all musician host applications.

HOSPITALITY

Arizona Musicfest provides and serves daily lunches and snacks to the Festival Orchestra members during their rehearsal week in February. Volunteers are needed to prepare the meals with provided foods, serve the meals to orchestra members, and clean up each day.

Hospitality volunteers must be energetic, organized, friendly and courteous.

PRECONCERT LECTURE USHERS

During festival orchestra week, Arizona Musicfest offers lectures before the concerts. Volunteers usher these Preconcert lectures. They must arrive 30 minutes before the lecture and are given their assignment by the Usher Chair.

As ambassadors for Musicfest, volunteers should be helpful, friendly and courteous. They must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.

FESTIVAL USHERS

Ushers interact with attendees at the Arizona Musicfest Festival concerts by scanning tickets, distributing programs and assisting people to locate their seats. Ushers must arrive an hour and fifteen minutes before the concert, attend the preconcert meeting, review specific assignments, seating sections, and become familiar with the venue’s key features. Occasionally, volunteers are asked to help with additional small tasks, such as adding an insert into the concert program. At the end of the concert, volunteers clean up the auditorium by picking up programs and other items left behind.

Volunteers who serve as ushers for the Festival must be helpful, friendly and courteous, acting as ambassadors for Arizona Musicfest. They must be able to stand or walk for an extended period of time, follow directions from the Volunteer and Usher Chairs, and work well with other volunteers as a cooperative team.

ASSIST WITH ARTIST HOSPITALITY

Arizona Musicfest frequently serves dinner to the musicians as well as the staff before the concert. Volunteers are needed to warm the delivered and prepared food, plate it for the musicians, and provide a little kitchen clean up. The usual time line is 4-6 pm.

SELLING ARTISTS MERCHANDISE

Frequently artists bring their Cd’s to sell, and sometimes additional items as well. Volunteers sit at a table selling the merchandise before and after the concert, as well as during the intermission. A Musicfest Staff member assists at the end of the concert.

Volunteers for both of these assignments should be dependable, polite and personable. Very limited cooking or math skills are required.

PEW NUMBERING

At some venues, such as Pinnacle Presbyterian Church and La Casa de Cristo Church, Musicfest needs to put up end caps and pew numbers. Working with a staff member and the volunteer Chair, this task is performed a day in advance for orchestra week, and at other times, a few hours before the concert begins.

Volunteers must be able to follow directions and work quietly, as sometimes a rehearsal is taking place.