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Auditions are required for vocals or playing an instrument

You will need to audition if you want to take our musical performance papers or programmes.

Application forms and deadlines

The number of places available for music performance is determined by our resources. Entry into courses and programmes depends on the successful completion of an audition. You are encouraged to attend the audition in person at the School of Performing Arts if possible. However, you are also able to audition online.

To avoid disappointment it is advisable to audition in the year before taking a course (usually in September). However, we will accept auditions up until February prior to the start of classes, depending on staff availability.

The application deadline for programmes

The School holds live auditions in September for the performance papers MUSI 143 Solo instrumental or vocal performance, MUSI 144 Ensemble Music and MUSI 140 Performance Studies.

Performance applicants who would prefer an earlier audition should contact us to arrange an audition.

Late applications will be considered, subject to staff availability.

To arrange a late audition please contact us as soon as possible.

Contact us

Tel +64 3 479 8885 or

Audition dates

The Auditions will be held late in September – date to be confirmed. If you are not auditioning in person, please ensure you send in your video recording with your application form so that we receive them at the same time.

Please note: There is no audition required for World Music Performance (Taonga Pūoro and Taiko drums, Koto). You must email the School to indicate that you wish to study one of these instruments.


Application form

Audition application for music performance 2025 (PDF)

Auditions from a distance

YouTube link auditions

Applicants who are unable to attend an audition in person or on the dates allocated for auditions should email a YouTube link to the School for consideration. Please send this link at the same time as your application form.


Videos can be from live performances, recitals or examinations as long as these are recent. Vocal performances should be without amplification. Please ensure that any links or video files are easily accessible.

The YouTube link and your completed application form should be received by 1 September. However, late applications will be considered.

Audition requirements

Classical instrumental

Two to three short contrasting pieces, to a total of ten minutes audition time.

Classical vocal

Three pieces – one in English (accompanied), one in a language other than English (accompanied), one piece a cappella in your native language

Contemporary voice

Please prepare two contrasting songs and if you are an original songwriter, one of those two songs can be an original.

Musical theatre voice

Please prepare an excerpt of two contrasting musical theatre, no longer than two minutes each.

Contemporary instrumental

Two contrasting pieces, to a total of ten minutes audition time.

Notification of acceptance

Following your audition you will be notified of the result as soon as possible. If you are offered a place, you should confirm you intend to accept this offer.

Contact us

Tel +64 3 479 8885

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