Education Programmes

Annually, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra runs a number of education programmes designed to provide students whose musical ability ranges from beginner to advanced with opportunities to improve their skills through interaction with DSO players. There are also a number of music education and participation programmes offered by other organisations within the region.

See also Learn to Play and Dunedin Youth Orchestra for other opportunities.

If you are interested to know more about the DSO’s Education Programmes please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Special Discount Vouchers

The DSO makes Special Discount Vouchers available for our concerts to members of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra (DYO) and pupils of music teachers in the Dunedin region. These vouchers are distributed by the DSO Office three weeks before each concert.

If you are a DYO member or music teacher and are not on our voucher distribution list,  please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to sign up to our distribution list.

Adult Community Education

The University of Otago, in collaboration with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, presents a series of lectures delivered by Department of Music lecturers, one for each of the Town Hall concerts. The aim is to introduce the repertoire and composers of these concerts to enhance the audience’s appreciation of our concerts.

Read more about the University of Otago’s Continuing Education programme on the university’s website.

University Scholarship

Each year, with the generous support from the Friends of the DSO and the orchestra’s Foundation, the orchestra offers a scholarship for instrumental performance study at the University of Otago. The purpose of this scholarship is to foster the performance careers of exceptionally talented musicians who have demonstrated a strong and clear commitment to an orchestral career. Read more about this scholarship on the university’s website.

School Tours

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra regularly takes a group of players to perform at schools around the region. The programme is centred on fun and interactive ways for young children to enjoy classical music and get to know the instruments. We play music from a wide range of genres: classical, popular, jazz and film music, providing the opportunity for children to engage with the group, and to discover more about the instruments and the musicians.

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to obtain further details, or to register your interest in having the DSO visit your school.

Support and Resources for Music Teachers

Do you have a unit plan to prepare, or an orchestra to take? The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra has a number of resources in online folders held on Dropbox. Feel free to use these for your education needs. The resource files will be updated as new resources are created and collected.

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