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23 May 2024

Prestigious choral music prize awarded to Sydney Con student

Lucy Blomfield, a PhD student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has won the inaugural Helen Channon Memorial Prize for her composition A Struggle for Life, premiering in Verbrugghen Hall on 23 May.
20 May 2024

Meet the student composer behind a major Vivid Sydney light display

Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Bailey Pickles will soon have his music heard across one of the world’s most iconic settings, Sydney Harbour. The emerging composer is the musical force behind Our Connected City, a major light display at this year’s Vivid Sydney festival.
08 May 2024

Australia's Eurovision entry is the first to sing in First Nations language: meet Electric Fields

Musicologists and linguists at Sydney Conservatorium of Music share their knowledge on Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara, one of the most widely spoken Australian First Nations languages used in Electric Fields' song "One Milkali (One Blood)" performed at Eurovision 2024.
02 May 2024

Sydney Conservatorium of Music welcomes new Senior Lecturer in Violin

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is pleased to welcome Timothy Kantor to our String Unit. An inspiring teacher and dedicated coach, Mr. Kantor brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise as an educator and performer.
30 April 2024

Sydney Con Jazz Festival 2024 hosts the best of Australian jazz

Sydney Conservatorium of Music has announced the lineup for its one-day jazz festival on Sunday 2 June, 2024. Music lovers can enjoy jazz performances by Australia's best artists in six concert locations around the Con.
18 April 2024

Can AI-generated music truly capture human imagination and emotion?

Dr Ivan Zavada, Program Leader in Composition and Music Technology at Sydney Conservatorium of Music reflects on AI-generated music and whether it could ever express human emotions or connect with audiences.
05 April 2024

Top Brass: Sydney Con celebrates Australia's premier Brass Faculty

Brass Open Day 2024 is a chance to meet the prestigious brass staff who are among the most sought after teachers in trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba and euphonium in Australia. Many hold principal positions in prestigious orchestras and are leading the way for students to rise to top jobs around the world.
05 April 2024

ABBA: 50 years since Waterloo

Dr Jadey O'Regan, lecturer in Contemporary Music Practice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, recalls the magic of ABBA's Waterloo as the group releases a 50th anniversary edition of their classic pop album.
25 March 2024

New NSW music syllabus puts students behind the beat

Dr James Humberstone, senior lecturer in music education, analyses the new NSW music syllabus for Year 7 to 10 high school students. The new syllabus is the first review in 20 years and will be rolled out in 2026 across NSW.
08 March 2024

Goldner String Quartet celebrates deep roots with Sydney Con

The Goldner String Quartet has deep roots with Sydney Conservatorium of Music so it’s fitting that it begins and ends its 30th and final concert season in Verbrugghen Hall, considered an ideal venue for string quartets.