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Woman in white dress singing, Falstaff

Docent Application


Thank you for inquiring about docent opportunities at The Santa Fe Opera. Please fill out the Docent Application Form below and our Volunteer Liaison will be in touch with you.

For general volunteer opportunities, please fill out the following application: Apply Here

Please read the following prior to filling out the application:

  • Santa Fe Opera docents are often the only contact the public has with the company. Therefore, docents must transmit accurate information about SFO’s history, production, house, and repertory.
  • Docent tours run Monday through Saturday at 9am, last approximately 45 minutes, and cover multiple stopping points on three different levels backstage, which requires the ability to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs.
  • Training for first-year docents includes approximately 8 day-long sessions scheduled in April and May.
  • Docent trainees work as a group with a team of mentors and conduct practice tours with each other during a series of scheduled sessions before leading tours with the public.
  • Docents must commit to leading a minimum of eight tours during the tour season, which runs from June through August.

Docent Application Form

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Are you willing to attend all scheduled training sessions?*
Are you willing to work with the mentor team to both follow and lead practice tours early in the season as well as attend follow-up sessions for feedback?*
Are you willing to study job related materials such as the Docent Manual (80 pages)?*
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