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Research events

Showcasing our specialist work and welcoming visiting academics

Our events reflect the Conservatorium's commitment to creative, academic and experimental research. Everyone is welcome to attend, and most of our events are free of charge.

Alfred Samuel Hook (1886-1963) was a practising architect who believed architecture, like music, was "an art vital to people's prosperity". He helped found the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture in 1918, from which he retired as dean in 1949. Hook's other great love was music. Hook gave lunch-hour talks on the history of music, illustrated by the University’s collection of gramophone records. He was a member of the University's choral group and, as a keen organist, was associated with installing the University’s War Memorial Carillon in 1928 and founding the Department of Music in 1948. The Alfred Hook lecture is made possible through a generous bequest from Doreen Robson. For more information, please email

Our first 2021 Hook Lecture will be given by Professor Deborah Cheetham AO. Owing to COVID restrictions, the lecture will be filmed privately, pand will be uploaded to this page afterwards. We welcome you to join us later in 2021 for in-person Hook lectures - announcement to come soon!

Previous Events

Please see our past events page.

These free seminars are hosted by our Music Education staff. The series is designed to spark collegial debate among the music education community, including primary, high school and tertiary music educators, pre-service (undergraduate or postgraduate) music teachers, conductors of school and community ensembles, and practitioners in preschool education, special needs education and music therapy.

Each semester we invite leading practitioners and researchers to open discussion with a 20-minute TED-style presentation on a topic of their choice followed by a facilitated Q&A. The series is as much about participation as learning so we invite attendees to contribute and stay for refreshments and a chance to explore ideas informally.

Previous Events:

Please see our past events page.

10 March

Tonya Lemoh

The Myth of the In-between: Reassessing Raymond Hanson through his piano works

24 March

Paul Watt

Nellie Melba’s essay, ‘The science of singing’ (1909): Why did she write it?

14 April

Alan Maddox

Rhetorical expression and political strategy in Antonio Caldara’s L’ingratitudine gastigata and Il nome più glorioso.

28 April

Liza Lim

“The stories we tell…the songs we sing…”

19 May

Jadey O’Regan and Tim Byron

Keep Fishin’: A Study of Hooks in Popular Music

2 June

Michael Halliwell

Singing the Holocaust: Operatic responses to Auschwitz