Dress Code

Symphony Hall

The dress code at Symphony Hall is as follows:

Men: Black dress shoes, black socks, and black dress pants. A white tuxedo shirt and black bow tie are required for San Diego Symphony Masterworks concerts, and a black jacket. For all other events/concerts a long-sleeve white shirt and either black bow tie or long straight black tie are required with a black jacket.
Women: Comfortable but conservative black, closed shoes (no sandals, clogs, slings, or open toe shoes), black dress pants or skirt, a long-sleeve ALL WHITE blouse either tucked in or not hanging below jacket, and a black jacket.

House Management and Usher Captains have the right to send ushers home if they do not meet the dress code listed above.

Please, no fanny packs.

All ushers must wear a personalized name badge. You can order your engraved badge from any store you wish (e.g., Staples, FedEx Kinkos, Office Depot, etc.). The specifics are for a 1 inch wide black plastic badge with the following white engraved lettering: Your first name on the top line with Volunteer Usher on the second line.

Volunteers must also supply their own flashlight. ALWAYS bring a flashlight and pen and paper .

Please ensure your clothes are clean and promote personal hygiene.


Summer Pops

The dress code at Summer Pops is as follows:

Men: Any type of comfortable walking shoes (EXCEPT for thongs or sandals), black pants, and an ALL WHITE shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt. Sweatshirts or hats advertising other establishments, events, or the like will not be permitted. San Diego Symphony hats are acceptable.
Women: Same policy as above except women may wear a black skirt (at or near knee length) instead of pants. Please, no capris, lycra or form-fitting pants.

For all San Diego Symphony Summer Pops concerts a yellow fleece jacket with Symphony logo should be worn when ushering after it cools down. This is the same jacket used the past four summers. If you do not possess this item, you can either purchase this jacket through the gift shop ($22) or check out this fleece for the evening you are ushering. If we run out of Symphony loaner fleeces on an evening you are ushering, please always remember to bring your own jacket in order to stay warm. Since the concert takes place at the San Diego Bay, evenings can get cold so dress comfortably and warmly. In addition, please make certain that your clothes do not have visible stains and hands and nails are clean and manicured. Sensitive hygiene topics, such as bad breath and body odor, and annoying habits, such as jingling of coins/keys in pockets or constant humming, need to be addressed to the House Manager who will discuss these issues in private with the appropriate individual.

All ushers must wear a personalized name badge. You can order your engraved badge from any store you wish (e.g., Staples, FedEx Kinkos, Office Depot, etc.). The specifics are for a 1 inch wide black plastic badge with the following white engraved lettering: Your first name on the top line with Volunteer Usher on the second line.

ALL volunteers must bring their own working flashlight.