Careers & Auditions



Would you like to work with the DSO?


DSO holds at least one round of auditions per year, usually in late March. Auditionees should be of at least LTCL, undergraduate performance music degree, or equivalent standard. Auditionees will be required to perform two contrasting own-choice works (or extracts thereof), as well as a selection of orchestral extracts. Auditions are blind, and will be assessed by a panel consisting of the DSO concertmaster, relevant principals, and an external assessor. In general, auditions are in person and held at Hanover Hall, DSO's regular rehearsal venue in Dunedin. However, audition by recording, though not preferred, is possible.

We are now accepting applications to audition for the 2024 audition round. If you would like to audition, please email Feby Idrus, the Arts Administrator, at by Monday February 19 to express your interest. If you think you need to audition by recording, please indicate this in your email to the Arts Administrator. When expressing interest, please also submit a short music CV (no more than 2 pages.)

2024 Audition Timeline:

February 1: Applications open
February 19: Applications close
Late February: Audition extracts sent out
March 27: Auditions are held (specific times will be announced once applications have closed)
Mid-April to early May: Audition results sent out to auditionees

The audition panel consists of the Concertmaster, relevant section principals, and an external audition panel member.

For more details on the auditions, including our Guidelines to Auditionees, please email Feby Idrus at

Audition by DVD or CD is possible but not encouraged.

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Dunedin 9016

New Zealand