Volunteer with Stanford Jazz Workshop

Our volunteers are a group of dedicated and loyal individuals without whom our programs would not be possible. They give their time and bring a positive energy and enthusiasm to all Stanford Jazz Workshop programs and performances.

We are looking for volunteers to provide assistance with:

  • Ushering and ticket taking at concerts
  • Summer camp program registration
  • Distributing promotional materials
  • Merchandise sales
  • Special events and projects
  • Office assistance
  • Artist transportation

In return, our volunteers are rewarded with tickets to the Stanford Jazz Festival and an annual volunteer party. Volunteering with SJW is an incredible opportunity to support the arts and to meet and work with a great group of people.

How to get involved

  1. Fill out the form on this page, and click “submit.” Once you complete the form you will be added to our database and contacted as soon as volunteer opportunities are available.
  2. Download the Volunteer Event Sign-up List. You will then have the opportunity to choose the summer concerts and events you’d like to volunteer for. Many shows are very popular and volunteer spaces fill up quickly. We give priority placement to those who also sign up for registration days, showcase concerts, receptions, and/or help with artist driving. If you are a couple and wish to volunteer together please complete two individual sign-up forms and clearly indicate on the sign up form that you prefer to volunteer together.
  3. Return Volunteer Sign-Up Form by May (date TBD) (if possible) and return it via email, fax, or surface mail to Janel Thysen, volunteers@stanfordjazz.org, fax 650-856-4155, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Attn: Janel Thysen, PO Box 20454, Stanford, CA 94309.
  4. By June (date TBD) we will confirm all volunteer schedules and email you your individual schedule for the summer. Please review all the events you are scheduled to work and let us know right away if you need us to change your schedule in any way.
  5. Mark your calendar and plan to attend our volunteer welcome party and orientation in June (date TBD), in the Campbell Courtyard of Braun Music Center from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  6. Download the 2015 Volunteer Handbook, and get familiar with our volunteer procedures before you arrive for your first assignment.
  7. Tell all your friends to become volunteers, too!

Important documents for volunteers

Online Application

  • Please enter a value between 1 and 111.
  • If you are interested in tasks that involve driving, we will need a photocopy of your driver’s license and your current proof of insurance. Please be ready to provide these when requested. To drive for SJW, you must be over 25 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

In their own words

SJW an excellent atmosphere where the kids could interact with the professionals.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

We were the very fortunate recipients of generous financial aid, without which our son could not have attended. This was the first time he went to a music camp, and we are all so happy he did. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

Best experience imaginable. It far exceeded our expectations. Our daughter can’t wait for next year.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

Thank you for offering this program, and helping my daughter grow in her confidence and her music abilities.

Stanford Jazz ParentJazz Camp

First thing he said when he got home was he wants to go back next summer and he wish he could go for two weeks next year.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

SJW is an amazing and one-of-a-kind program.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

SJW has inspired our girls to pursue their music through jazz bands, orchestra, pep bands, chamber groups, and musical theater. Thank you so much.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

After the second day of camp, my daughter said ‘It’s getting easier.’ She described how jazz is different from classical music and how much she enjoys playing jazz with a group. And, of course, the concert on the final day was amazing!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

My daughter said all the teachers are amazing, super supportive of students learning jazz for the first time.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

She said it was awesome that the teachers appreciated how courageous the students were to try jazz for the first time.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

The entire experience was wonderful! She had a great time learning music and making new friends. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

I wish it was longer than one week. I’d have my son in for the whole summer if possible!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

Every time my son finished his rehearsal, he would tell me all about it with excitement.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

I was impressed with everything from the communication, the level of professionalism, the enthusiasm, the ratio of coaches to students, the quality of the instruction, and that the students had fun and grew as musicians.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

My daughter said she would never forget the performance. (Nor will I.)

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

I also loved the performance — the kids sounded terrific and they all looked intensely excited to be part of it.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

At the end of each class, he was always upbeat and excited about all that he learned. And he said that the teachers were so nice and supportive, and that everyone just wanted to him to succeed.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

The staff made all that hard work exciting and fun for the kids. I saw the last ten minutes of a couple of sessions and loved the energy, passion, and enthusiasm.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

The staff had high standards for the kids, but did not make it grim. It was obvious that everyone was having fun. And, they sounded amazing!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

Giant Steps had a profound impact on my daughter. It changed the way she saw herself.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

She went in as a trumpet player in her middle school band and came out thinking of herself as a nascent jazz musician. Her playing and musicianship improved tremendously. Her love of playing jazz trumpet also grew.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

Those 10 weeks stretched him as a musician and gave him a huge boost in confidence. He is now a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High, and he and a bunch of his friends in Intermediate Jazz Band have set up their own quintet and are working together on music selection, arrangement, rehearsals etc.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Bg Band

It surpassed our expectations in all respects. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

Giant Steps was a life-changing experience for my daughter. It empowered her and showed her what was possible if she challenged herself and continued to play jazz trumpet.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

My favorite thing? Direct one-on-one teaching, exactly where I need to be taught and challenged in my artistic endeavors.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

It’s an amazing opportunity to study from the greats, in a place where inspiration and electricity abound.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

The total-immersion program of playing, listening, and learning has inspired me to continue making my own music until I can return to SJW next year.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

I had no idea about the level of inspiration I would get, or the number of things it is now clear I need to work on.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Insititute

This week has been an incredible learning opportunity for me as a student, and I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned here in my outside musical career. The level of skill and growth I attained this week is priceless. I love the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Kendra K.

My highlight was seeing my shy daughter perform her first public jazz solo and do an amazing job.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

While here, my knowledge of theory, technique and musicianship improved immensely. I never thought I could learn what I did or do what I have achieved.

Zakiya M.

What makes the SJW community so special is that it creates an environment in which artists can readily share music and educational ideas with each other, with students, and with concert audiences. This interaction between people of different generations and backgrounds is so much of what jazz has always been about.

Regina Carterjazz violinist & MacArthur Fellow

I wish the SJW Jazz Camp was longer than one week. I’d have my son in for the whole summer if possible!

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

All week I was able to interact with some of my greatest musical heroes and learn from their expertise. The master classes with Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard changed the way I think about the music.

Jazz Institute participant

Simply put, Stanford Jazz Workshop changed my life that first summer.

Jaz Sawyerdrummer& jazz educator

When we picked our son up, he said ‘I was among giants’ and was very excited by the professional level of the musicians he met during the week.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

You’ve got 200 eager kids there, and you’ve got your friends there who are also musicians. Every single year the Stanford Jazz Festival date is my favorite gig.

Taylor Eigstipianist & SJW Advisory Board Member