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 (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 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

 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 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
  • Dr Steven CAPALDO – Conductor of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra

2016 Wind Symphony Program
– details of the 2016 program by our world-class SCM Wind Symphony, conducted by Associate Professor John Lynch.

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

2016 Conducting Program

Semester I: Advanced Conducting (6 credits)

Advanced Conducting Auditions

  1. Auditions will take place on Friday 4 March 2016 beginning at 9am in room 3026.
  1. A sign-up sheet will be up the first day of classes, Monday 29 February, in the small board next to the office of Professor Eduardo Diazmunoz (Room 2121).
  1. Repertoire you should prepare for the audition:

A) Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, IV, V and VI

B) Holst: Second Suite in F, 3rd Movement

C) Handel: The MessiahThus Saith The Lord (Bass solo)

D) Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem SerailBelmonte’s aria in Act I: Hier soll Ich dich denn sehen

  1. This class will run for three hours on Fridays, 9am to 12pm for 6 credit points. All those who have successfully completed Conducting 1 and 2 are invited to audition, as well as those who would like to audition into this class.

If you plan to audition, please make sure you clear your schedule from 9 to 12 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

Featured Course in 2016

PERF6614 Graduate Wind Conducting  (Associate Professor John Lynch)
Tuesdays in Semester 1 and Semester 2 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm
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