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Audition information for Music and Bachelor of Performing Arts programmes

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Auditions are still open for Classical and Contemporary Performers. Please email spa@otago.ac.nz to arrange an audition.

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 School of Performing Arts 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 and Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes is September 1.

Classical Performance applicants who would prefer an earlier auditon should contact us on (03) 479 4180 or spa@otago.ac.nz to arrange an audition.

Late applications will be considered, subject to lecturer availability.

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

Tel (03) 479 4180 or
Email spa@otago.ac.nz

Audition dates

  • Classical Performance – Saturday 19 September 2020, AND Sunday 20 September 2020 (if required)
  • Contemporary Performance, Professional Practice and Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) – Saturday 19 September 2020, AND Sunday 20 September 2020 (if required)

Please note: There is no audition required for World Music Performance (Taonga Pūoro and Taiko drums). You must email spa@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 School of Performing Arts or e-mail a YouTube link to spa@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 us know if you intend to accept this offer.

You should receive an offer of a place by early to mid October. The application deadline for Classical Performance, Contemporary Performance, Professional Practice & Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes is September 1.

Classical Performance applicants who would prefer an earlier auditon should contact us on (03) 479 4180 or spa@otago.ac.nz to arrange an audition.

Late applications will be considered, subject to lecturer availability. To arrange a late audition please contact us 

Tel (03) 479 4180 or
Email spa@otago.ac.nz