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 eight major stages of the 2018 Lexus Song Quest. Entrants can audition to be there at the Grand Final, or check out the free Masterclass.

Entries are now open – begin the journey today…

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 and to perform three of these at the preliminary auditions. Overseas students enter by submitting a video recording. (See Music Preparation for full details.)

2. MAKE YOUR APPLICATION - ENTRIES CLOSE 6PM, MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018

Chosen your six-item programme? Now, you’re ready to apply by completing the online application form. You’ll need to carefully read the competition Conditions of Entry to make sure you’re across the small print.

If you need help, you can call (04) 473 0149 or email lexussongquest@festival.co.nz.

3. PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS – HELD 7 – 11 MAY 2018

Every singer who enters the Lexus Song Quest has an opportunity to audition in locations throughout New Zealand (7 – 11 May 2018). They travel to the audition and provide both the accompanist and music. 

Our Preliminary Judges will select the semi-finalists and Masterclass participants. By the end of May, competitors 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. SEMI-FINAL TIME – FROM 16 JULY 2018

Semi-finalists meet in Wellington for a Coaching Academy, commencing 16 July 2018, to work with international Head Judge Sir Thomas Allen.  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 this week.

5. WHO'S GOING TO THE FINAL? 21 & 22 JULY 2018

Our Head Judge will select five finalists at a series of live semi-final concerts held across two nights, 21 and 22 July 2018 in Wellington. Each semi-finalist will perform two songs and one aria with piano accompaniment.

6. THE SECRET'S OUT! FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 22 JULY 2018

Head Judge Sir Thomas Allen will announce the five finalists at the conclusion of the Sunday evening semi-final concert on 22 July 2018.

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

7. LEXUS SONG QUEST GRAND FINAL – 28 JULY 2018

Auckland Town Hall is the prestigious venue for the 2018 Lexus Song Quest Grand Final. From 23 July contestants will be busy with rehearsals with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and media calls.

On the night, each finalist will sing one song for piano accompanied by Terence Dennis and two arias accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch. The winner and runner-up will be announced by Head Judge Sir Thomas Allen live on stage.

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.

 

Please note all dates are subject to change.