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Audition Information for Music and Bachelor of Performing Arts Programmes

Application Forms and Deadlines


The number of places available at undergraduate and graduate level is limited by our resources. Entry into these papers and programmes therefore depends on the successful completion of an audition process. You are advised to attend the audition in person at the Department of Music if possible.

Those wishing to take a paper in Musical Performance are strongly advised to submit an application form in the year prior to study.

Leaving the process to the start of the year in which you wish to study is unwise: there are not likely to be many if any places available at that point, no matter how good you are.

The application deadline for  programmes

The application deadline for Classical Performance, Contemporary Performance, Professional Practice & Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes is September 1, 2017.
Classical Performance applicants who would prefer the earlier auditon date (see below), please apply by the 11th August.

Late applications will be considered, subject to lecturer availability. To arrange a late audition please contact the department on (03) 479 4180 or
mary-jane.campbell@otago.ac.nz, as soon as possible.

Audition dates

  • Classical Performance -  auditions will be held on Saturday 9th September, with an alternative date Saturday 30th September 2017.
  • Contemporary Performance, Professional Practice & Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) - Saturday 30th September 2017.

Please note: There is no audition required for World Music Performance (Taonga Pūoro and Taiko drums). You must email
mary-jane.campbell@otago.ac.nz to indicate that you wish to study one of these instruments.

Application Forms

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Auditions From a Distance

DVD/YouTube link Auditions

Applicants who are unable to attend an audition in person or on the dates allocated for auditions should send a high quality DVD to the Secretary, Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts or e-mail a YouTube link to mary-jane.campbell@otago.ac.nz, for consideration.

The DVD or YouTube link, and your completed application form, must be received by September 1.

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Notification of Acceptance

Following your audition you will be notified of the result. If you are offered a place, you must let the Department know if you intend to accept this offer.

You should receive an offer of a place by the end of October.The application deadline for Classical Performance, Contemporary Performance, Professional Practice & Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes is September 1, 2017.
Classical Performance applicants who would prefer the earlier auditon date (see below), please apply by the 11th August.

Late applications will be considered, subject to lecturer availability. To arrange a late audition please contact the department on (03) 479 4180 or
mary-jane.campbell@otago.ac.nz, as soon as possible.