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DSO Academy


The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra Academy was established in 2005 to provide students at Grades 3–6 levels the opportunity to develop their musical skills, raise their own standard of playing, and experience working in collaboration with other musicians. The Academy performs two programmes each year, with guidance from our players. Use the form at the bottom of this page to obtain further details of forthcoming Academy sessions for the year.

Play with the Orchestra

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Play with the Orchestra provides an opportunity for students and community musicians, who are Grade 6 and above or equivalent, to experience performing music from our concert series with a professional orchestra under the baton of a guest conductor. Forthcoming opportunities to Play with the Orchestra will be announced on this page. Watch this space!

Masterclasses and Workshops


Every year the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra offers masterclasses and workshops with visiting guest artists. These are usually available to those students playing at Dunedin Youth Orchestra or University level, or to professional musicians. Previously, masterclasses have been offered with artists including violinists  Shlomo Mintz, Noah Bendix-Balgey, Ilya Gringolts cellist Umbero Clerici, clarinetist Michael Collins, timpanist Larry Reese, percussionist Lenny Sakofsky, and bassist Thomas Martin. Use the form at the bottom of this page to receive information about these events.

Music Lessons

If you are interested in learning to play a musical instrument, use the form at the bottom of this page to make contact and we can put you in touch with a teacher. Alternatively, please speak to your school music teacher, or try one of the following groups whose members offer musical instruction to students of a wide range of abilities:

Institute of Registered Music Teachers:
Jenny Drew, Dunedin Secretary
Phone 03 467 5300

Saturday Morning Music Classes:
Stephanie Hobbs, Dunedin Co-ordinator
Phone 03 477 2296
Email stephaniebrownhobbs at yahoo.com

Percussion Lessons at St Kilda Brass:
Cath Smith
Email cath.smith at otago.ac.nz

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