ArtsQuest still needs volunteers to help at Musikfest

Written by on August 2, 2021

ArtsQuest still needs volunteers to help at Musikfest

By Genesis Ortega

August 2, 2021

a concert from 2019 Musikfest. Photo| Staci Inez /WLVR & PBS39

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Musikfest’s weeks-long program is run mostly by volunteers. They scan tickets, sell merchandise, and do much of the behind-the-scenes work at concerts.

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Ronda Senior has volunteered at Musikfest for eight years. She says she’s looking forward to the first day of this year’s event, in-person, following last year’s virtual event. 

“I will be on cloud nine because I know there are certain visitors that have been coming every single year on an opening day and I’m waiting to see them,” Senior said.  

Marty Hegyi has volunteered at Musikfest for four years. He says he’s looking forward to the festival. 

“What I’m really looking forward to is just getting back out there, listening to some great music and seeing some old friends that I haven’t seen in a while,” he said. 

Hegyi says he will be doing ticket scanning and working the membership desk this year. 

There’s a strong base of loyal volunteers like Senior and Hegyi. But Nicole Harrell, Director of Communications at ArtsQuest, says they need more people to help. 

“We’re really a volunteer-driven festival, and it takes about 1000 volunteers to put on everything we know and love at Musikfest,” Harrell said. 

At the moment they only have about 700 people, she said.

“I would say this year probably more than ever we’re really in need of help. It’s been a difficult year and a half for everybody particularly in the non-profit sector,” Harrell said. 

Volunteers receive free concert tickets, t-shirts and food vouchers. 

Those interested in volunteering can visit the Musikfest website. 

As of now, Musikfest will be held without masking requirements. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests people in areas with substantial transmission rates, like Northampton County, should wear masks indoors. 

Full disclosure: Nicole Harrell is a former employee of Lehigh Valley Public Media.

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