Become a Volunteer

Why Volunteer?

For the first time in the summer of 2019, we are asking for help from volunteers. Why now? Programming has become increasingly ambitious, and we are presenting more events than ever, including Pre-Concert Conversations and a growing number of off-site community concerts. Our small – but mighty! – seasonal staff is wearing thin trying to cover over 50 events in our 10-week season. We are proud to showcase the extremely talented Fellows studying in Norfolk on the Festival’s main series concerts. However, by doing so, we have lost a reliable source of staffing. By volunteering, you will help bring the Festival to life this summer! Volunteers will gain an insider’s perspective of the Festival and get to know Fellows, staff, and other volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Read on, or click a link below, to learn about the many opportunities to volunteer. Usher Post-Concert Reception Volunteer Marketing Team Events Team Transportation Team Field Trip Leader

How to Volunteer

To get involved, please complete a Volunteer Application and Tom Hodgkin, Volunteer Coordinator, will get in touch with you shortly. For questions, please email Tom Hodgkin at norfolk.volunteers@yale.edu.


Usher

Duties include:

  • Collecting tickets
  • Handing out programs
  • Directing patrons to their seats
  • Monitoring doors during performances
  • Arriving early to stuff inserts into the program book
  • Staying after the concert to tidy and close up the hall

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Positive attitude and friendly demeanor
  • Be able to stand for 1 hour
  • Be able to lift 20 pounds

Special benefits: Watch the concert you are ushering for free Availability: Friday or Saturday evenings Minimum commitment: At least 2 concerts per summer season Reports to: House Manager


Post-Concert Reception Volunteer

Duties include:

  • Pouring drinks (soda, water, wine, and beer)
  • Refreshing food platters as needed
  • Cleaning up after the reception

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Be able to stand for 2 hours
  • Be able to lift 20 pounds

Special benefits: Watch the concert for free (but be aware that you’ll have to leave before the concert is finished) Availability: Friday or Saturday evenings Minimum commitment: At least 2 receptions per summer season Reports to: Facilities Staff


Marketing Team

Duties include:

  • Distributing posters and brochures around the region

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Driver’s license; must be able to provide your own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Comfortable asking businesses to display brochures

Availability: Flexible; availability during business hours preferred Minimum commitment: Twice during the summer season, June-August. Distribution locations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in consultation with Volunteer Coordinator Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator


Events Team

Duties may include:

  • Setting up and breaking down events facilities
  • Shopping for event materials
  • Decorating

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Driver’s license and access to transportation preferred
  • Organized with an interest in decor

Availability: availability on June 28-29 is strongly preferred Minimum commitment: One event Reports to: General Manager


Transportation Team

Duties include:

  • Picking up and dropping off Fellows from regional airports, train and bus stations
  • Transporting Fellows to Festival off-site concerts

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Driver’s license, must be able to provide your own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised

Availability: Must be available for at least one arrival or departure day Minimum commitment: One trip Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator


Field Trip Leader

Help our Fellows explore the Norfolk area over the summer by leading a trip off-campus. Organize with friends, or lead the trip by yourself. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator with your field trip idea. Duties include:

  • Planning and leading an off-campus activity
  • Supervision of Fellows during the trip

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Driver’s license and ability to provide transportation for a group of students
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Event planning experience useful, but not required
  • Knowledge of Norfolk and surrounding area

Availability: Sundays Minimum commitment: One event Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator



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