Conducting

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Conducting Unit offers a program of conductor training leading to a Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts or PhD in conducting performance. This program is designed for those conductors seeking the necessary skills for a professional career. Led by the world-renowned conductor and teacher, Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz and the Symphony Orchestra, along with professional staff from the Opera Unit (Mr Stephen Mould), Historical Performance Unit (Associate Professor Neal Peres da Costa), Modern Music Ensemble (Mr Daryl Pratt), Wind Symphony (Dr John Lynch), and the Choirs of the Conservatorium (Dr Neil McEwan), the program focuses on conducting techniques and the ability to interpret the great orchestral, wind, chamber and choral scores. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers a unique experience in working with a range of high quality chamber, orchestral and choral ensembles on a weekly basis to prepare you for a professional career. We also offer Australia’s first graduate degrees in wind conducting with international wind conductor Dr John Lynch.

Conductor training at the Conservatorium continues a great tradition; the teaching staff has included conductors Henri Verbrugghen, Sir Eugene Goossens, Sir Bernard Heinze and Joseph Post. Conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Bonynge, Simone Young, Antony Walker, Henryk Pisarek and Paul Dyer are among our distinguished alumni.

Study Options

Featured Course in 2015

PERF6614 Graduate Wind Conducting  (Associate Professor John Lynch)
Dates:
Tuesdays in Semester 1 and Semester 2 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Cost:
TBA
Open to:
postgraduate conducting majors (required of wind conductors), postgraduate students in other majors seeking an elective seminar, undergraduate students who have successfully completed the undergraduate sequence by permission (please email Dr John Lynch: john.lynch@sydney.edu.au), and external applicants.
External applicants: Australian and New Zealand applicants only

This seminar will be of interest to professional conductors and educators, postgraduate conducting majors, postgraduate students in other disciplines with experience and interest in conducting, and if possible advanced undergraduates who have successfully completed the undergraduate sequence.

The seminar will include:

  • Expressive gesture, advanced conducting technique, body awareness and movement
  • Advanced score study, analytical and aural skills, repertoire for the wind band and conducted wind and mixed instrumentation chamber music
  • Rehearsal techniques and strategies
  • Wind band history

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2015 Wind Symphony Program – details of the Centenary celebrations program by our world-class SCM Wind Symphony, conducted by Associate Professor John Lynch.

New Undergraduate Conducting Sequence

Team taught by our four major conducting faculty: Professor Eduardo Diazmunoz, Associate Professor Neil McEwan, Associate Professor John Lynch, Mr Stephen Mould

2015
*Semester 1: Conducting 1 (Fridays 9-10:30 am) 3 credits
Semester 2: Conducting 2 (Fridays 9-10:30 am) 3 credits

*come to the first class on Friday 6 March 9-11 am behind Verbrugghen
Hall for a brief assessment for entry into the sequence.  Be prepared to
conduct basic 2/4,3/4,4/4 patterns and a brief interview on your interest
in conducting.

2016
Semester 1: Advanced Undergraduate Conducting (for three hours, Day/Time
TBA) 6 credits

2017
Sequence starts again

Conducting Faculty

  • Professor Eduardo DIAZMUNOZ GOMEZ – Chair of Conducting, Conductor of the SCM Symphony Orchestra
  • Associate Professor John LYNCH – Associate Professor of Wind Symphony Orchestration and graduate wind conducting, Conductor of the SCM Wind Symphony, Artistic Director of the Verbrugghen Ensemble,  SCM Ensemble-in-Residence
  • Associate Professor Neil McEWAN – Senior Lecturer of Conducting, Music Education and Choirs, Conductor of the SCM Chamber Choir and SCM Choir
  • Mr Stephen MOULD – Lecturer in Conducting and Opera Studies and Chair of Opera Production

Audition Requirements

Postgraduate

The instrumental conducting audition and interview will be informed of a date in writing.

Orchestral Conducting Requirements

Applicants must submit a video recording of a performance or rehearsal that displays their conducting proficiency. A limited number of people will then be invited to a personal audition with the SCM Conductors’ Orchestra. Recordings must be submitted by 1 May for admission for second semester (August-November) or 1 October for admission in first semester (March-June).

Invited applicants should prepare the following pieces for the personal conducting audition: Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, or an alternative work, which will be chosen by the Chair of Conducting.

In addition, all applicants should prepare a piece from the standard repertoire of their instrument to perform for the conducting faculty. Applicants will be given a series of aural tests as part of the auditioning process.

Applicants will be given a series of aural tests as part of the auditioning process.

For further queries regarding audition repertoire, please contact the Chair of Conducting:
E: eduardo.diazmunoz@sydney.edu.au

Wind Conducting Requirements

Applicants must submit pre-audition materials electronically to Dr John Lynch  john.lynch@sydney.edu.au by 1 September for admission in first semester (March-June), and 1 April for admission in second semester (August-November):

1. curriculum vitae
2. repertoire list
3. three reference email contacts
4. a brief two page analysis to assess how applicants think and write about music:

  • Master of Music:  Holst First Suite in Eb mvt. 1
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Hindemith Symphony in Bb mvt. 1

5. Video recording:  15-20 minutes of rehearsal, 15-20 minutes of performance (frontal view) with a variety of repertoire
6. audio performance recording of your own ensemble with three contrasting works

Live/*Video Audition:

Invited applicants should prepare the following pieces for the live conducting audition:

  • Master of Music:  Holst First Suite in Eb mvt. 1
  • Doctor of Musical Arts: Hindemith Symphony in Bb mvt. 1

Those pursuing the research MM and the DMA should submit their research proposal along with the university application and be prepared to discuss their research at the interview.

The audition will consist of a 20 minute audition with the SCM Wind Symphony, an interview with a faculty committee, and an aural skills/knowledge assessment
* If you are not able to travel to Australia for a live audition, it is possible to use your prep-audition materials and a skype interview and aural skills assessment as your official audition.

For further queries regarding wind conducting auditions and repertoire, please contact Dr John Lynch: E: john.lynch@sydney.edu.au