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 (Dr 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, 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.

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

Conducting Faculty

Audition Requirements


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

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 or 1 October for admission in first semester.

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.

For further queries regarding audition repertoire, please contact the Chair of Conducting: