Postgraduate auditions

Find out everything you need to know about the New Zealand School of Music’s postgraduate audition process, including application and preparation.

Prepare for your audition

Jazz instruments, including voice

Prepare a 45- to 60-minute recital programme. You should feature prominently as a soloist in at least half the material and, if appropriate, as a rhythm section player in at least 80 percent of the material. The recital should consist of at least four tunes of differing styles.

Classical instruments, including voice

Prepare a 40-minute recital programme offering contrasting styles from at least three periods.

All applicants

If your audition is of an acceptable standard you may be interviewed, before your application can be approved.


Jazz musicians may request a rhythm section. Classical musicians are encouraged to bring their own accompanists. If necessary, the New Zealand School of Music can provide an accompanist, however, you must send a copy of the accompaniment with your application form. You’ll have a brief rehearsal with the accompanist before your audition.


While a live audition is preferred, if you can’t attend in person, you can submit an unedited recording of your audition recital. It must have been recorded within the last year. It can be a recording of your qualifying degree final recital, if appropriate. Read our guidelines for recorded auditions.

An online video interview or telephone interview may be arranged.

Current students

If you are applying to start in Trimester One, your final recital from your qualifying degree will serve as your audition. To start in Trimester Two, an unedited recording of your final recital may be submitted. Read our guidelines for recorded auditions.

Transfer students

If you are transferring from another New Zealand or Australian tertiary institute, we encourage you to attend a live audition. If this is not possible, please read our guidelines for recorded auditions.

International students

International students should contact Wellington University International before auditioning. While in-person auditions are preferred, we welcome recorded auditions for students who will have difficulty travelling to audition. To submit a recorded audition, read our recorded audition guidelines and contact


Contact if you have questions about your audition.