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 (Associate Professor John Lynch), and the Choirs of the Conservatorium (Associate Professor 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 Associate Professor 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

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

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 – Associate Professor of Conducting, Music Education, Musicology and Choirs. Artistic Director and Conductor of the SCM Chamber Choir and SCM Choir
  • Mr Stephen MOULD – Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Opera Studies, and Chair of Opera Production

Undergraduate Conducting Sequence

Team taught by our four major conducting faculty: Professor Eduardo Diazmunoz GomezAssociate Professor John LynchAssociate Professor Neil McEwan and 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 31 July 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