BMus Performance Entry Information

2022 BMus entry auditions are now open by appointment.

The deadline for the first round audition applications is is extended to 13 August 2021. The first round of auditions is scheduled for 18 and 19 August 2021 for voice and flute, 23 and 24 August 2021 for instrumental auditions.

Second round of auditions will remain open until the end of November 2021.

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.

University of Waikato Scholarships.

Domestic Applications

Please note entry into the BMus Performance is by audition.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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.

The audition file must be sent directly to Music along with an 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
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Audition requirements are as follows:


Please follow these guidelines for the online recording:

  1. The uploaded file 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 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

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

Soloist Specialisation

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:

  1. Students must have been a prize winner in a recognized International/NZ  Music competition.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 [email protected] 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 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 and/or the Soloist Specialisation please contact the Music Programme.