The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Conducting staff offer 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.

Conducting staff

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.

2017 Wind Symphony Program

Study Options

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

 2017 Conducting Program

Semester I: Conducting 1 – PERF3000 (3 credits)

Conducting Auditions

  1. Auditions will take place on Friday 10 March 2017 beginning at 9am in room 3026.
  2. A sign-up sheet will be up the first day of classes, Monday 6 March, on the small noticeboard next to the office of Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz (Room 2121).
  3. Repertoire you should prepare for the audition:
    1. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 – 4th movement
    2. Percy Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry for wind symphony

This class will run for 1.5 hours on Fridays, 9am to 10.30am for 3 credit points.

If you plan to audition, please make sure you clear your schedule from 9 to 10.30am noon on Fridays so that you attend every session. We are aware you have Performance Practice on Fridays but you should be able to schedule it in such a way that does not have a direct clash with the Conducting Class.

Semester 1: Conducting 1
Semester 2: Conducting 2

Semester 1: Advanced Conducting (6 credits)

Featured Course in 2018

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:, 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. Apply here.

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