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Discover what’s in store for New Zealand music as the University of Auckland throws open its doors with the second School of Music Festival. Highlighting the School’s diverse and dynamic musical life, this year’s festival features student-staff collaborations, recitals, concerts and presentations. With such an eclectic and inspiring line-up, you will find there is something suitable in store for everyone.


Opera Scenes

14-16 September

See the future of opera in New Zealand unfold before your eyes with the return of one of the year’s musical highlights. Enjoy a vocal feast of repertoire set as a vaudeville show straight out of 1910 New York. This production is made possible through generous support from The Wallace Foundation.

DOG Jazz Quartet

17 September

Join us for a jazz performance with bite as our staff jazz quartet, the award-winning DOG, lead an upbeat performance guaranteed to leave you hot under the collar!

Grad Gala

21 September

Celebrating Spring Graduation and our outstanding School of Music students, four talented soloists each perform a concerto with the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. There will also be performances from our popular music and jazz Big Band students, to top off one of the musical events of the year!

At the School of Music we are committed to providing our students with as much performance experience as possible. Each year we present over 80 events which serve as a platform upon which our students can unlock their artistic potential.

By bringing local and international music professionals and our students together, we aim to inspire both performance and career development. Our events afford the opportunity for students to shine in front of family, friends and industry professionals, and as an integral part of their study.

Opera Scenes: Open Rehearsal

12 September

An invitation to secondary school students and teachers to join us for a sneak peek inside the rehearsal studio as our University singers put together the final touches of on their highly-anticipated 2018 Opera Scenes production.

APO Inspire: Our Voice

14 September

Spend the afternoon experiencing selected School of Music students developing into accomplished composers. Participants will be developing their compositional techniques for brass and percussion trios, with a little help from our friends at the APO.This event is part of the APO Inspire Partnership Programme.

Nanny Assis

17 September

Learn from the best with New York-based singer, percussionist and instrumentalist Nanny Assis. A big name in Brazil, Nanny is here to present a folkloric rhythm workshop, serving up musical traditions of Salvador.

Fermata Presentation

19 September

Senior Lecturer Dr Te Oti Rakena fronts this special Festival Fermata presenting his research into The Healing Potential of the Vocal Arts in Communities Impacted by Historical Trauma.

David Samuel in Recital

20 September

APO Associate Principal Viola, David Samuel presents a varied programme of solo repertoire including works ranging from Bach to Penderecki. He will be joined by Dr Sarah Watkins on piano to conclude the concert with a special performance of Shostakovich’s final composition.

Karlheinz Company: Suffrage 125 Celebration

23 September

Marking 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, contemporary music ensemble the Karlheinz Company presents an inspiring programme of works by female composers from New Zealand and overseas. Bringing together School of Music students, staff, alumni and some very special guests, this timely event celebrates our history and looks forward to our future.

Korimako Trio

in Concert

24 September

Popular student ensemble Korimako Trio turned heads in 2017 when they were announced winners of the Pettman/ROSL Arts Chamber Music Scholarship. We are excited to welcome them back to the Music Theatre to perform their graceful fusion of violin, cello and piano.

Franklin Cohen Clarinet Masterclass

26 September

Generous funding from the Seelye Charitable Trust has provided for a two-week residence for acclaimed, Grammy-winning clarinetist, Franklin Cohen. This special masterclass offers a valuable opportunity to learn from Franklin’s complete mastery of the clarinet, attained through a lifetime of dedicated practice.



Anna Nathan Early Keyboard Prize Concert

27 September

Travel back in time with early keyboard performances from students competing at this enchanting annual prize concert. Flaunting our fine historic keyboard collection, contestants battle it out to win prizes kindly sponsored by long-standing University supporter, Anna Nathan.


Special Lunchtime Concert: Suffrage 125

28 September

Students and staff perform side-by-side in this special lunchtime concert, celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The occasion will be acknowledged with passionate performances of works and repertoire by female composers.

Clarinet Weekend

29-30 September

A full weekend of masterclasses, interactive clinics, competitions, ensembles and concerts, open to all ages and levels. Hosted by the School of Music’s Dr Marie Ross, the weekend features exciting guest clinicians: Seelye Fellow Franklin Cohen, NZSM’s Dave Wilson and yoga and breath expert, Scott Milham.


Franklin Cohen in Recital

1 October

We welcome back distinguished clarinetist and 2018 Seelye Fellow, Franklin Cohen for an intimate evening performance. This exclusive and up-close recital allows for an exciting encounter with the musical mastery of our virtuoso in residence!

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With thanks to our Festival partners and supporters APO, Freemasons Foundation, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa and The Wallace Foundation.