2023 BMus entry auditions for performance are now open for students to apply.

Download and fill out the Audition Application form.

Once you have completed the application return it to [email protected] to secure a spot at our auditions.

The deadline for the first round audition applications is 1 August 2022 and the first round of auditions is scheduled for 12 August 2022.

Second round of auditions will remain open until the end of November 2022.

Note, all auditions will take place at the University of Waikato.

As per the instructions on the application form, please prepare a short programme of  contrasting pieces lasting no more than 15 minutes. The interview will include ear tests, sight reading and a short discussion with the audition/interview panel. Accompaniment is the responsibility of the student.

It is recommended that students intending to apply for a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship schedule their audition in the first round.

You may also be interested in what other scholarship opportunities are available. Find out more at University of Waikato Scholarships.

International Applications

Music at the University of Waikato warmly welcomes international students. Our aim is to make your stay and study in New Zealand a rewarding and unforgettable part of your life and growth as musicians.

All international students wishing to study with Music should initiate enrolment via the University of Waikato International webpage. Please note that there are University entrance and English language requirements to meet.

Please send your audition file directly to [email protected] along with your audition application form.

Audition requirements are as follows:


Please follow these guidelines for submission of recordings:

  1. Recording files should be in a regular format with worldwide access.
  2. The file must be of good audio and visual quality – your speaking and performance must be clearly audible.
  3. Camera work should be straightforward. Have the camera on a tripod so that you and your hands/fingers are clearly visible while playing. Do not do any camera zooms etc, just select a good camera angle and leave it recording for the duration of the performance.

One work from the Baroque period (e.g. Bach, Handel, Scarlatti) +
One movement from a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) +
A work of your choice  
At least one of the above must be played from memory

String and Wind
Two contrasting pieces and an unaccompanied study (15 minutes of music)

Harpsichord and organ

Two contrasting pieces, one by J.S. Bach and one by another composer

Two contrasting pieces, one a classical art song or aria, or 2 choices from contrasting Musicals

All applicants  
A short sight-reading exercise and a short aural test (intervals, chords, cadences, melodic memory, etc.)

BMus(Hons) and MMus Performance Entry Information

Applicants must present three contrasting pieces (or movements) from at least two different musical periods.

The online file must be recorded within the last  year. It may be a recording of your qualifying degree final recital if  appropriate.

Applicants should perform by memory when appropriate. (Note  that additional repertoire to be sent by a further online file may be requested by the admission panel).

Applications can be made at any time through the Enrolment Office.

For further enquiries regarding BMus entry auditions please contact [email protected].

MMus - Opera

Entry to the programme is by audition only.

A BMus or academic equivalent is required along with a proven ability as a singer of promise with evidence provided at the time of application consisting of:

  • Curricula Vitae
  • Links to 2 or more video recordings of performances: due to system requirements please paste your links into a pdf and upload to Documents
  • Up to two references from a teacher or opera practitioner.
  • Audition requirements: Applicants will be required to present three contrasting opera arias from memory to a select audition panel. The panel may also engage in a discussion with the applicant during the audition.