BMus Performance Entry Information
2020 BMus entry auditions are now open by appointment.
The deadline for the first round audition applications is Friday, 9 August 2019. The first round audition is scheduled for Wednesday, 14 August 2019.
Note, all auditions will take place at the University of Waikato.
It is recommended that students intending to apply for a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship schedule their audition in this first round.
Further auditions will take place in September and October, dates to be advised.
Please note entry into the BMus Performance is by audition.
All applicants for admission into the level one papers in music performance and applicants new to the University of Waikato at any level are required to attend an audition/interview.
The application form, duly completed and signed must be returned to the Music Administrator at the address given before an audition can be scheduled. Please include a CV outlining your musical achievements, and a reference from your current music teacher.
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.
Successful applicants selected by audition will be eligible to enrol for performance music study at the University of Waikato at the relevant level of entry.
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.
The audition DVD must be sent directly to Music along with an international audition application form. The address is as follows:
Conservatorium of Music
School of Arts
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Audition requirements are as follows:
Please follow these guidelines for the DVD recording:
- The DVD should be in a regular format with worldwide access.
- Clearly mark the DVD with your name and current date.
- The DVD must be of good audio and visual quality – your speaking and performance must be clearly audible.
- 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 get a good camera angle and leave it recording.
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 organTwo 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
A short sight-reading exercise and a short aural test (intervals, chords, cadences, melodic memory, etc.)
The Soloist Performance specialisation is a set of papers comprising of intensive performance teaching and practical elements tailored for exceptionally talented students.
The aim of this specialisation is to nurture ability and allow students to develop their full potential towards achieving an international solo performance career.
This specialisation is offered via Bachelor of Music degree and is currently available to voice, voilin, viola, piano and cello students.
Entry into the specialisation is by audition and students must meet the following criteria:
Students must have been a prize winner in a recognized International/NZ Music competition.
Students must have performed a concerto(s) with recognized professional orchestras and/or recitals of solo or chamber music at a recognized major concert venue.
Students must undergo an interview process with the course conveners.
Please note if you don't meet the above criteria, you cannot apply for the Soloist Specialisation.
Please apply in writing to the Music administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance should you wish to be considered for the Soloist Specialisation.
BMus(Hons) and MMus Performance Entry Information
Applicants must present three contrasting pieces (or movements) from at least two different musical periods.
The DVD 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 DVD 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 and/or the Soloist Specialisation please contact the Music Programme.