Road to the Final

The start of each Lexus Song Quest marks the beginning of an exhilarating ride for a special group of New Zealand’s best young singers. As with any journey, there are the joys of adventure, some roadblocks to navigate, and delight when we reach our destination. Plus we learn heaps along the way…

These are the nine major stages of the 2016 Lexus Song Quest. You can be there at the Grand Final, or check out the free Masterclass.

1. 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.

Entrants are required to prepare a six-item programme (see Music Preparation for more info) and to perform three of these (selected by the Preliminary Judges) at the preliminary auditions. Overseas students enter by submitting a DVD recording.

2. MAKE YOUR APPLICATION - DEADLINE 6PM, 31 MARCH 2016

Applications for the 2016 Lexus Song Quest are now closed. For information on entering in the future email lexussongquest@festival.co.nz

3. PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS - HELD 16-20 MAY 2016

Every singer who enters the Lexus Song Quest has an opportunity to audition in locations throughout New Zealand (16-20 May 2016). They travel to the audition and provide both the accompanist and music. 

Our Preliminary Judges will select the semi-finalists. By the end of May, competitors have received the call to say whether they’ll proceed to the next round.

4. SEMI-FINAL TIME - FROM 11 JULY 2016

Semi-finalists meet in Wellington over the week commencing Monday 11 July 2016 to work with head international judge Yvonne Kenny.  Competitors take part in photoshoots, filming and media interviews. Semi-finalists also submit a detailed study proposal to be discussed with the head judge during the masterclass week.

5. WHO'S GOING TO THE FINAL? 16-17 JULY

Our head judge will select four finalists at a series of live semi-final concerts held across two nights, 16 and 17 July 2016 in Wellington. Each semi-finalist will perform two songs and one aria with piano accompaniment.

6. THE SECRET'S OUT! FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 17 JULY 2016

Head Judge Yvonne Kenny will announce the four finalists at the conclusion of the Sunday evening concert semi-final concert.

It’s time to get ready for the big night …

7. LEXUS SONG QUEST GRAND FINAL - 23 JULY 2016

Auckland Town Hall is the prestigious venue for the 2016 Lexus Song Quest Grand Final. From 20 July contestants will be busy with rehearsals with maestro Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and media calls.

On the night, each finalist will sing two contrasting  items for piano accompanied by Terence Dennis and two arias accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart. The winner will be announced by Yvonne Kenny, live on stage – and the runner-up and  third and fourth place-getters will also be awarded their prizes.

8. CROSSED 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 entrants are part of the valued Lexus family of winners and competitors. We look forward to seeing them back for special events and other opportunities as they embark upon the next exciting stage of their journey.

 

Please note all dates are subject to change.