Volunteers needed for the 2019 Reno Jazz Festival

Participants will be able to attend concerts at three-day music festival, April 25-27, 2019.

The Seattle Academy Choir from Seattle, Washington, performed at the Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards concert April 28, 2018, at Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The festival is looking for volunteers for the 2019 season. Photo by Rob Retting.

Winners from the 2018 Reno Jazz Festival.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is hosting Reno Jazz Festival from Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, April 27, at the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The 2019 Reno Jazz Festival is quickly approaching and the School of the Arts is seeking volunteers to help with the festival. Every year, the Reno Jazz Festival hosts about 10,000 students, directors, chaperones and guests. To accommodate the many festival attendees, the Reno Jazz Festival uses volunteers as door monitors, announcers/timers and stage monitors.

For each half day a volunteer works, they are eligible to receive a free ticket to the evening concert on the day they volunteer. On Thursday, the evening concert will feature Walter Smith III with University of Nevada, Reno jazz faculty ensemble, The Collective. The Friday evening concert will feature Melissa Aldana Quartet with an opening act by the University student jazz ensemble, The Free Radicals. On Saturday, the evening concert will be the Reno Jazz Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony. If volunteers work a full day, they will also receive a free festival T-shirt and a box lunch, in addition to a ticket to that evening's performance. The festival hours run from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. One volunteer shift generally averages five hours.

For more information or to become a festival volunteer, visit our Give Pulse volunteer sign up, please email rjfvolunteer@unr.edu or call Joel Stevens at 503-931-7091.

About the Reno Jazz Festival

Considered one of the best of its kind in the world, and lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as "showcasing music's future," the Reno Jazz Festival has been hosting jazz superstars and the finest jazz students, educators and professional musicians in the nation. Since 1962, the festival has grown considerably in size and stature and is becoming one of the largest and finest events of its kind in the world. In addition to evening concerts by guest artists, the Reno Jazz Festival offers daytime competitions, workshops and clinics by dozens of professional jazz artists and adjudicators for more than 9,000 young jazz musicians. The three-day festival culminates in a festival showcase concert and awards ceremony to honor the best and brightest young standouts.

To purchase tickets for the Reno Jazz Festival performances, call the Lawlor ticket office at (775) 784-4444. For more information or to volunteer for this event, please contact the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts at (775) 784-4278. The Reno Jazz Festival is organized by the School of the Arts.

The University's School of the Arts embraces its role as a vibrant center for arts and culture in northern Nevada. Its degree programs provide a strong foundation in a range of artistic disciplines, enabling students to contribute as artists, educators and scholars at the local level and beyond. The School and the College of Liberal Arts also supports and encourages research, innovation and the artistic endeavors of its faculty. Finally, the school encourages broad campus and community participation in the arts through its numerous performances, lectures, shows, core courses and outreach activities that explore diverse cultures and encourage lifelong learning.

The University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival receives financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; the City of Reno; the University of Nevada, Reno; the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association; and The Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno. Hotel rooms are provided by Eldorado Resorts and marketing support by CLM Design.

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