Auditions & Vacancies

Auditions and Vacancies at the DSO


Development Manager (Part-time permanent – 10 hours per week)

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is based in Dunedin and for over 50 years it has played a key role in the cultural life of the southern South Island. The DSO is looking for a motivated and experienced person to join our busy team.

The Development Manager role is pivotal to the organisation. We are looking for someone who can:
• Build relationships with current and potential key financial partners
• Implement fundraising activities in conjunction with relevant stakeholders

We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills, proficiency of Microsoft products and databases, and administrative experience. Experience in fundraising (especially in a not-for-profit organisation) and a strong interest in orchestral music will be beneficial.

Please visit the Polson Higgs website

Applicants for this position should have New Zealand residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Applications close on Monday 21 October.
Interviews will be held on Friday 25 and Tuesday 29 October.

Auditions 2019

Auditions for 2019 will be announced on an ad hoc basis


There is at least one round of auditions per year, usually early in March.  A further round of auditions may be held later in the year, subject to demand. The date for the auditions is set about five weeks in advance of the audition.

Once a date is set, the audition opportunity is advertised publicly through The Star, University Music Department, orchestra and appropriate music teachers.

The time between the application closing and audition dates is four weeks to allow auditionees to study the orchestral excerpts.

Applicants should be of LTCL or equivalent standard.  Auditionees whose applications are accepted will, on the closing date, be sent the orchestral excerpts. Applicants who intend to audition for two instruments (e.g. flute and piccolo), will be sent the excerpts for both instruments and will be allocated two adjacent audition time slots.

The audition panel consists of the Concertmaster, relevant section principals, an external audition panel member, and an appropriate players’ representative (usually a player from another section of the orchestra).

For more details on the auditions, please read our Guidelines to Auditionees.

Audition by DVD or CD is possible but not encouraged as our experience of these, albeit limited, is not satisfactory.