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.
Applications for the 2020 Lexus Song Quest open late 2019.
In 2018 there were eight major stages in the Lexus Song Quest. Follow their journey …
1. GET PREPARED
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.)
2. 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.
3. PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS
Every singer who enters the Lexus Song Quest has an opportunity to audition in locations throughout New Zealand. They travel to the audition and 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 six 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.
4. COACHING ACADEMY
The ten semi-finalists meet in Wellington for a Coaching Academy to work with the international Head Judge. Competitors take part in photo shoots, filming and media interviews. Semi-finalists also submit a detailed study proposal to be discussed with the Head Judge during this week.
5. 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.
6. 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 …
7. LEXUS SONG QUEST GRAND FINAL
Auckland Town Hall is the prestigious venue for the Lexus Song Quest Grand Final.
On the night, each finalist sings one song for piano accompanied 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.
8. 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.