Music in Dunedin
Music at Otago is not just music at the university. Staff and students are involved in music-making organisations in the city, and perform as often in city venues as in campus venues.
These are some of the local musical organisations with which we are linked.
- The Southern Sinfonia is Dunedin’s professional orchestra, giving concerts in the Dunedin Town Hall or Glenroy Auditorium in the centre of Dunedin. The orchestra includes some students.
- Beginners in orchestral playing are catered for by the
Dunedin Youth Orchestra and the Collegiate Orchestra
- The City of Dunedin Choir
- The Southern Consort of Voices
- The Southern Youth Choir and several church choirs (e.g. Knox Choir and St Paul's Choirs) provide an opportunity for singers to take part in choral music-making.
- Dunedin has an active and very successful brass band scene. Music students play in the St Kilda Brass Band and the Kaikorai Metropolitan Band.
- Local opera groups include:
Opera Otago, which present professional productions often using leading young singers from the Department
Dunedin Operatic Society
The Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Trust, which is currently performing all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in chronological sequence. Students sing in these groups too.
- Dunedin is home to several Maori cultural groups (including the University's Te Kapa Haka) and a Cook Island Group (Kia Orana). Music students are encouraged to be involved in cultural groups.