Applications 2022

You can audition to be there at the Grand Final or the free Masterclasses. Entries open late 2021, sign up for updates.

Follow the journey to the Grand Final...

Get Prepared

Lexus Song Quest competitors have the chance to join the ranks of our prestigious previous winners and can also win a range of career-shaping prizes.

Singers first prepare a six-item programme, three of which they perform at the preliminary auditions. Overseas students enter by submitting a video recording. See Music Preparation for full details.

Make an Application

Once singers have selected their six-item programme they apply to compete in the Lexus Song Quest by completing an online application form. They need to carefully read the competition Conditions of Entry to make sure they’re across the small print and eligible to enter.

Preliminary Auditions

Every singer who is eligible to enter the Lexus Song Quest has an opportunity to audition in Wellington, Dunedin, Auckland, or for singers based overseas, by video. They must provide both the accompanist and music.

At the end of the auditions process, the Preliminary Judges select ten semi-finalists to compete at the Semi-Finals, plus 6-8 Masterclass participants. By the end of May, entrants have received the call to say whether they’ll proceed to the next round and be required to submit their Semi-Final and Grand Final music selections along with their study proposals and budgets.

Coaching Academy

The ten semi-finalists meet in Wellington for a Coaching Academy to work with the Head Judge. Competitors take part in photo shoots, filming and media interviews. Semi-finalists' detailed study proposals will be discussed with the Head Judge during this week.

Semi-finals Time

Each semi-finalist performs two songs and one aria with piano accompaniment at a series of live Semi-Final concerts held across two nights in Wellington.

The Secret's Out!
Finalists Announced

The Head Judge announces the five finalists at the conclusion of the second Semi-Final concert.

Following the Semi-Finals, the finalists are busy with rehearsals with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and media calls in preparation for the big night …

Lexus Song Quest Grand Final Gala

Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre is the prestigious venue for the Lexus Song Quest Grand Final Gala.

On the night, each finalist sings one song with piano accompaniment by Terence Dennis and two arias accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The winner and runner-up are announced live on stage by the Head Judge.

Across the Finish Line

For the Lexus Song Quest prize-winners, there are exciting possibilities ahead for continuing the development of their careers, thanks to a great suite of prizes and scholarships.

All Lexus Song Quest finalists are part of the valued Lexus family of winners and competitors. We look forward to seeing them at special events and other opportunities as they embark upon the next exciting stage of their journey.

Please note all dates are subject to change.