Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a village and then some to produce the Cabrillo Festival each year. Local residents open their homes to host Festival Orchestra players, Santa Cruz County businesses donate their products and services, and community members generously give of their time to support the Festival’s special events and audience services. If you would like to volunteer for the Festival, here are our current opportunities:

Volunteer To Host A Festival Musician:
Our most critical need!! The Festival is in constant need of donated accommodations to comfortably house our orchestra members, esteemed composers, guest artists, and technical staff. Specifically, if you have a spare bedroom, guest house, or granny unit that you can offer for one to two weeks during the Festival, please contact us right away at: 831.426.6966, or use the form below. Our Housing Coordinator Valerie Hayes will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Housing an orchestra musician is reportedly one of the most rewarding aspects of the Festival experience!

Church Street Fair/Creativity Tent for Kids:
Held the first weekend of the Festival, during both days of the outdoor Church Street Fair. Creativity Tent Volunteers assist professional artists and attending families with music and art workshops (no music or art skills needed).

Hospitality Events:
Assist Staff in the preparation and serving of refreshments at various events for artists and patrons, held throughout the Festival season.

Concert Ushers are the welcoming face of the Festival. While the time commitment is significant—ushers must commit to five orchestral concerts, including Mission San Juan Bautista and Free Family concerts—ushering provides free access to concerts, and the true joy of supporting this treasure of our community. Friends are made, and ushers return year after year, under the warm and expert guidance of House Manager Jennifah Chard.

To volunteer, please use the form provided here, and a staff member will contact you very soon about opportunities available!

Thank you!

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