The DSO Ushers

Would you like to be part of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s  Ushers crew? Your contribution would be much appreciated and we’re sure that you would enjoy your time with us.

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is involved in four different types of music-making during the year:

  • Our International Series of concerts,  on Saturday evenings at the Dunedin Town Hall. There are 3 concerts in the series, and they usually involve internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists.
  • Our Matinée Series, held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the King’s & Queen’s Performing Arts Centre (270 Bay View Road, South Dunedin).  There are two of these concerts per year, which involve well-known New Zealand soloists or up-and-coming international soloists, or may feature a player from within the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.
  • Special performances, such as the world première of Anthony Ritchie’s Symphony No.3, as part of the 2010 Otago Festival of the Arts, and Tally Ho in 2015.
  • The DSO also provides orchestral accompaniment for other organisations such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet and City Choir Dunedin.  Ushering for these events is not organised by the DSO.

We need ushers for the International Series, the Matinée Series, and the Special Performances. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to register your interest in becoming a DSO Usher. By agreeing to help as an usher, you will become part of Dunedin’s exciting orchestral music-making, and you get to enjoy the performances with us.

Call Procedure

At the start of each year we’ll contact you with information on the dates of our concerts and to enquire when you might be available.  Two to three weeks before each concert we will contact you again to check that you are still available, as indicated by you at the start of the year.   At this time concert details will be provided.

Health & Safety in the Venues

From time to time, we may ask you to attend a safety training session at any of the venues we use. A reminder about safety procedures occurs before each performance. As well as the training provided by venue staff, we really appreciate the willingness of experienced ushers to share their on-the-job knowledge with new volunteers.

Ushers’ Dress

Unless otherwise advised, Ushers’ clothing for all concerts should be:

  • Men – white shirt and black bow tie with black trousers.
  • Women – white blouse with black skirt (short or long) or dress trousers.

Concert Schedule

Start Times 7:30 pm Town Hall
International Series
Saturday 5:00 pm
Matinée Series
Sunday 3:00 pm
Matinée Series
Auditorium doors open 7:00 pm 4:30 pm 2:30 pm
Pre-concert talk 6:40 pm none none
Building open to Public 6:30 pm 4:15 pm 2:15 pm
Ushers’ Briefing 6:10 pm 4:10 pm 2:10 pm
Door open for Ushers 6:00 pm 4:00 pm 2:00 pm

Usher Registration

We are always keen to hear from new potential ushers. Previous experience is not required; we will provide training.