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The School of Music laid bare its soul during September 2017 in a fourteen-day celebration of the School’s diverse and dynamic musical life with the inaugural School of Music Festival. Featuring several student-staff collaborations, recitals, concerts and presentations, and proving a striking success with sell-out performances, the festival has secured a much anticipated return in 2018!

Opera Scenes

The future of New Zealand opera unfolded before our eyes with a vocal feast of enchanting operatic miniatures, made possible through generous support from The Wallace Foundation.

DOG Jazz Quartet

We were treated to a jazz performance with bite when our staff jazz quartet, the award-winning DOG, led an enriching and upbeat concert leaving the audience hot under the collar!

Fundamental to School of Music events is a firm philosophy to provide our students with abundant opportunities to perform as an integral part of their study. By bringing local and international music professionals and our students together, our events serve as a platform upon which students can pursue their passions and potential.

APO Big Play In

Exposing the ultimate in musical mentoring experiences, we saw aspiring young musicians embrace their exciting opportunity to play alongside the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Open Rehearsal

Secondary school students and teachers were invited to join us for a sneak peek inside the rehearsal studio as our University singers put together the final touches on their highly-anticipated 2017 Opera Scenes production.

Film Screening

Like no film before it, Composed lifts the lid on the omnipresent and often debilitating struggle of performance anxiety, providing a valuable resource certain to resonate with many.

APO Our Voice

Orchestral session

True to its name, the Inspire Partnership Programme with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra allowed a wonderful opportunity for our young composers to bring to life their own compositions, as they rehearsed and recorded with a full symphony orchestra.

School of Music Carnival

Destined to be a festival favourite, impressive performances from jazz, songwriting, choral, and classical performance students were enjoyed before the audience was beguiled into the night by a playful staff production of Saint-Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy, The Carnival of the Animals!

Research Presentation

We journeyed to Victorian times with this enlightening joint Fermata presentation from current doctoral students Michael Weiss and Sam Girling as they delivered current research pertaining to their specialist subjects.


APO Inspire with David Fray

Distinguished French pianist David Fray delighted us with an exclusive up-close and inspirational piano masterclass as he shared his expertise, passion and advice with fellow piano enthusiasts.

Early Music

Anna Nathan Prize Concert

Students competed for prizes generously donated by Anna Nathan, through impressive early keyboard performances, as we traveled back in time enjoying tomorrow’s musicians trying their hands at yesterday’s musical methods.

Lunchtime Concert

Emerging young musicians raised the roof of the Music Theatre as our talented performance students took to the stage in a concert organised by SOMSA – the School of Music Students’ Association.

APO Our Voice

Ensembles session

An afternoon spent observing selected School of Music students developing into accomplished composers, with a little help from our friends at the APO.


Andrew Beer and Dr Sarah Watkins

Canadian violinist, APO Concertmaster and new staff member Andrew Beer impressed with a recital to be remembered! Together with popular pianist and founding member of NZTrio, Dr Sarah Watkins, they brought the house down with their breath-taking performance.

Ensembles Marathon

An evening well spent with students and staff in collective collaboration with an enchanting and varied programme of works which fittingly spearheaded the festival’s finale!

If you can’t wait until the next festival to see our stars of tomorrow in performance, keep an eye on the School’s busy playlist of events held throughout the year from February to October by visiting our website, or to ensure you never miss out, why not subscribe to our mailing list?

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