The Boroondara Eisteddfod is an annual competition for musicians and vocalists to encourage participation and excellence in the performing arts.
We have a dynamic and vital team of volunteers who work together from April to June to bring this prestigious event to fruition.
You don't need any musical knowledge or experience to volunteer! Each year we have a variety of roles available and the next opportunity to apply is the end of 2017. Roles include:
Compere: making sure the audience and participants feel comfortable and the session keeps to time.
Adjudicator's assistant: helping the adjudicator, recording the session times and results, and preparing the prize winners' certificates.
Registration or Runner: helping the compere, delivering music and scheduling information to the adjudicator's assistant, and compiling the entrant registration sheets.
Ticketing: selling tickets.
Ushering: helping people to find their seats, checking tickets and supervising the doors during performances.
Volunteers with specialist skills and contacts in the arts field and/or in marketing and sponsorship may also be invited to join the Eisteddfod Advisory Committee.
We have our very own Volunteer Coordinator who coordinates the training, which includes training on the job alongside an experienced volunteer.
The Eisteddfod is made up of approximately 35 sections, running over 30 competition dates spread over a period of 10 weeks. Sessions may run during the day or evening, with each session usually lasting a maximum of 3 hours.
Some volunteers will only work on about 3-4 sessions over the whole Eisteddfod (approx 8-12 hours), whereas others may work on as many as 10-12. Most volunteers are rostered for approximately 6 sessions. You are welcome to participate for as much or as little time as you wish depending on your availability, but generally availability for a minimum of 3 sessions would be preferred.
All volunteers need to:
- have a current Working With Children Check (free for volunteers)
- take part in some compulsory training (for example, Equal Opportunity Act 2010)
- sign a volunteer agreement form
- provide contact details for next of kin (in the event of an emergency).
We'll help new volunteers with these requirements.