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Become a professional conductor
Learn a wide range of conducting techniques and the strategic communication skills necessary for effective conducting.

We are at the forefront of conductor training in Australia. As a conducting student, you will have opportunities to collaborate with and lead one or more of our flagship ensembles in rehearsal and performance.

At the heart of our conducting program is our faculty of internationally acclaimed conductors who bring a diversity of experience to their teaching.

As an undergraduate student, you can study conducting as an elective no matter which degree you are enrolled in. These courses will provide a strong foundation if you wish to pursue conducting in postgraduate study.

  • Be taught by internationally renowned conductors in a curriculum that values practical experience.
  • Conduct our orchestras, wind symphony, choirs, operas or modern music ensemble.
  • Our close proximity to the Sydney Opera House means you can observe select rehearsals with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other performing arts companies.
  • Conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Bonynge, Simone Young, Antony Walker, Henryk Pisarek and Paul Dyer are among our distinguished alumni.
  • Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, Conductor of the Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble
  • Associate Professor Roger Benedict, Chief Conductor of the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of Modern Music Ensemble
  • Associate Professor Erin Helyard, Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera
  • Associate Professor Stephen Mould, Artistic Director of Con Opera, ARC DECRA Fellow
  • Associate Professor Paul Stanhope, Conductor of the Conservatorium Chamber Choir, Conductor of Modern Music Ensemble
  • Dr Daniel Yeadon, Senior Lecturer, Chamber Music Coordinator
  • Dr Elizabeth Scott, Academic Fellow, Conductor of the Conservatorium Choir
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What are my study options with conducting?

  • Conducting is taken as elective study in the undergraduate curriculum. Entry is by audition.