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19 February 2024

What can we learn from nature if we listen to it deeply?

Dr Diana Chester, a sound studies scholar from Media and Communications in FASS, and Associate Professor Damien Ricketson, a composer from Sydney Conservatorium of Music invite visitors to lie down, close their eyes and listen to the sand, sea and wind in a new research project called Listening to Earth.
15 February 2024

Taylor Swift: why academics are studying the pop star

Taylor Swift, who is about to tour Australia with her much-anticipated Eras concerts, was the subject of a three-day academic conference, known as a Swiftposium, in Melbourne, where academics presented papers on her global impact.
12 February 2024

Opera Australia finds campy, playful joy in The Magic Flute

Dr David Larkin, senior lecturer in musicology at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, reviews the new production of The Magic Flute by director Kate Gaul for Opera Australia.
18 December 2023

MySydney scholarship fuels metal guitar passion at Sydney Con

Alexander Andrevski, a MySydney scholar from Western Sydney, is pursuing his passion for metal guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He used the scholarship to buy instruments and encourages others to explore new pathways to university education.
15 December 2023

Bradley Cooper's Maestro: the Leonard Bernstein story

Dr Joseph Toltz, Honorary Associate in the School of Languages and Cultures, and Manager of Research Support in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, explores the legacy of the great American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein as portrayed in the new Netflix film Maestro directed by, and starring Bradley Cooper.
29 November 2023

Amplifying traditional performance culture

Associate Professor Myfany Turpin, Jodie Kell and Dr Georgia Curran share a commitment to preserving and revitalising traditional music and language across Australia and beyond.
03 November 2023

Is Now and Then really a Beatles song?

Dr Jadey O'Regan and Dr Paul McDermott, both lecturers in Contemporary Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, reflect on the technology used in the new, and final, song by the Beatles and ponder its meaning and legacy.
13 October 2023

The Coronation of Poppea: a murderous collaboration

Australia's two leading performing arts tertiary schools, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), are coming together for a striking co-production of The Coronation of Poppea. It is the world premiere of the Italian version of Claudio Monteverdi's opera with new orchestration by one of Australia's finest composers, Elena Kats-Chernin.
12 September 2023

The Con hosts Royal Academy of Music for 10-day jazz intensive

The Con has welcomed Professor Nick Smart from the Royal Academy of Music for a two-week program, giving jazz students an insight into the works of celebrated trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler.
31 August 2023

Composition student from Iran wins major Australian new music prize

Iranian-Australian student Shervin Mirzeinali has won the prestigious APRA AMCOS award for Work of the Year (Dramatic) for his composition Panbe Zan. The work explores the traditional Iranian craft of cotton beating. Mirzeinali is enrolled in Doctor of Musical Arts.