Up to four scholarships are awarded each year, covering up to 50 per cent of tuition fees for five years and possibly covering instrument tuition costs for top candidates. Application is by audition.
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. Auditions will be held on Wednesday 22 May 2024.
Please note: In order to apply for a St Andrew’s College Middle School Scholarship, you must complete the Application for Admission Form by clicking here, if you have not already done so. Students in Year 8 at St Andrew's College do not need to complete the Application for Admission Form.
2025 Foundation Music Scholarship Applications close on Friday 12 April 2024.
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. For these scholarships, candidates should be in Year 8 at the time of application. They will attend an audition at which they will perform two contrasting pieces from their own repertoire on their musical instrument (a minimum of Grade V or equivalent standard of performance is required). If they wish to audition on two instruments then they are to perform one piece per instrument.
They may be asked to sing short passages by ear, respond to aural tests of pitch and rhythm and sight-read material provided by the examiner. The panel requests that applicants bring with them photocopies of the music to be played at the audition. It is mandatory for students to perform with an accompanist for at least one of their pieces (they must provide their own accompanist). It is not necessary to play repeats in the music.
Evidence of good or above average scholastic progress, together with testimonials of personality and conduct will also be required at the time of application. The successful candidates for the Music scholarship will be expected to take Music as part of their academic programme from Years 10–12.
The award of a Music scholarship is conditional upon the student fulfilling the expectations for which the scholarship was awarded. These expectations are discussed at the time of interview. Head of Music, Mr Duncan Ferguson, will outline and answer any questions about the terms and conditions of the award.
(These terms and conditions outline obligations in detail to reassure parents and students that they are not particularly onerous, as keen musicians normally get involved in more than one group at the College as a matter of course. Nor should the administrative aspects be very demanding, as there are at least twelve scholarship holders in the school at any one time.)