If performance will be part of your studies at the New Zealand School of Music, you will need to have an audition as part of the application process.

We use these auditions to ensure you have the musical performance skills you’ll need for your chosen courses.

International students should contact Victoria International before auditioning.

Audition dates

For study beginning Trimester One, 2017

Applications for study in 2017 are currently being accepted.  Please submit an application form as early as possible.

Our main audition round will be held in Wellington between 24 - 30 August. There will be a second set of auditions held from 17-21 October, subject to availability of spaces. Master of Music Therapy auditions will be held in September and October.

If you would like to arrange an audition outside these dates, contact:

Late applicants may be accepted, subject to the availability of places.

Audition locations

Most auditions are held at the New Zealand School of Music’s campus at Victoria University's Kelburn campus. If there is enough interest from applicants, we may arrange audition dates in Auckland and/or Christchurch. Register your interest in attending an audition outside of Wellington on your application form.

The New Zealand School of Music encourages live auditions. If you are not able to attend an audition in person, you may be able to submit a recorded audition on DVD. You need to seek approval from a relevant administrator (Classical, Jazz or Music Therapy) to submit a recorded audition and read our guidelines.

Applying to audition

Download an audition application form and read about the requirements for undergraduate auditions, postgraduate auditions or Master of Music Therapy auditions.

Courses requiring auditions


You need to audition if you intend to take Classical Performance or Jazz as part of a Bachelor of Music.


You need to audition to apply to study towards a Master of Music Therapy or to take Classical Performance or Jazz Performance as part of any of the following:

Where to send applications

Completed applications can be posted to:

Performance Application
Classical or Jazz or Music Therapy [choose one]
New Zealand School of Music
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand


For more information about auditions, please contact:

Classical Auditions

Classical Performance Administrator
Phone +64 4 463 5851

Jazz Auditions

Jazz Performance Administrator
Phone +64 4 463 4762

Music Therapy Auditions

Music Therapy Administrator
Phone +64 4 463 4762