Christmas Oratorio, 16 December 2016 (Photo credit Ian Thomson)


Membership of City Choir Dunedin is open to singers from all walks of life who share our delight in choral singing. All prospective new members are auditioned by the Musical Director. At the audition you will be asked to sing a song of your own choice, as well as perform some simple ear and voice tests to enable the Director to gauge your musical abilities and vocal range.


Rehearsals commence in the last week of January each year and run until the first or second week in December. We rehearse every Tuesday night between 07:30 and 09:30 pm. See the Notices page for details of the current rehearsal schedule.

The rehearsal venue is at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace in Dunedin.

Music Scores

Music scores are issued by the Librarian and are returned after the performance. Handel's Messiah is performed every second year and members are expected to purchase their own copies of this score. Messiah scores can be sourced from various providers.

The choir also regularly perform Christmas Carols at the end of the year. Members are expected to purchase their own copies of 100 Carols for Choirs. These are currently available from the choir, or purchase online from BookDepository or Fishpond.

Financial Commitment

Upon acceptance into the Choir, you will be liable for some financial outlay.

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown the 2020 membership fees have been reduced:  Waged: $210 and Unwaged $174 (seniors and beneficiaries). The fee for participating in only one concert during the year is $84.

Singers will also be required to purchase a black music folder for $25 (available from the choir), which is to be used at performances.

Payments can be made in cash, by cheque made out to Dunedin Choral Society, or via internet banking with the reference MEMFEE to Dunedin Choral Society 03 0903 0383102 00

Student Assistance

City Choir encourages students to join the choir. Students may apply to have their membership fees waived. To qualify for having membership fees waived students are defined as those in full-time study at
  • a tertiary institution (e.g. university or polytechnic) and who hold a current tertiary student ID card, or
  • at a secondary education institution (e.g. high school).
A student wishing to apply for membership fees to be waived is invited to show the Membership Secretary proof of being in full-time study, such as a current student ID.

Choir Uniform

For women, the uniform consists of a black top and black skirt or dress trousers, or a black dress. The neckline can be any shape. Sleeves should be 3/4 length to long. Skirts and trousers should be 3/4 length to long. Black stockings and black shoes complete the outfit.

For men, the uniform consists of a black dinner suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black shoes.


Most importantly of all, we love what we do and enjoy making music together and presenting our art to the public. For further information please see the policy regarding Choir Members' Responsibilities and our Privacy Policy. At City Choir Dunedin we care about your health and safety and if you wish you can read more about that in our Health and Safety Manual.