Historical Performance

Historical Performance – Study Options

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

Sydney Conservatorium of Music is arguably the most most vibrant centre for the study of historical performance in Australia. Our Historical Performance staff include musicians who perform regularly with leading national and international ensembles which foster historically informed performance (HIP) such as the Ironwood, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera, Salut! Baroque, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Baroque Soloists.

Our Historical Performance program currently offers tuition in a wide range of historical instruments including clavichord; harpsichord; fortepiano (including 18th and 19th centuries); lute and guitar; viola da gamba; trumpet; cornetto; sackbut; historical violin, viola, cello and bass (17th to the 19th centuries); recorder; baroque and classical flutes, oboes and bassoons. We also offer training in historical voice. These instruments can be taken as a principal study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Chamber music and orchestral studies programs complement academic studies in historical performance. Students gain experience in the Early Music Ensemble (the Sydney Conservatorium’s period instrument orchestra), meeting twice weekly and performing four or more varied concert programs each year. Masterclasses and lecture/demonstrations from local and international artists supplement the student’s experience, and the Historical Performance Workshop provides hands-on feedback from tutors and peers.

Historical Performance Staff

  • Professor Neal Peres Da Costa – Historical Performance and Early Keyboards; Program Leader Postgraduate Research
  • Dr Alan Maddox – Program Leader of Bachelor of Music Studies, Senior Lecturer in Rhetorical Performance and Musicology
  • Dr Marina Robinson – Lecturer in Violin and Viola
  • Dr Daniel Yeadon – Scholarly Teaching Fellow; Lecturer in Cello and Viola da Gamba
  • Mr Anthony Abouhamad – Casual Lecturer in Early Keyboard and Continuo
  • Mr Tommie Andersson – Casual Lecturer in Lute and Guitar
  • Miss Rachael Beesley – Casual Lecturer in Violin
  • Mr Hans-Dieter Michatz – Casual Lecturer in Recorder and Flute
  • Ms Nicole Forsyth – Casual Lecturer in Viola
  • Miss Esther Kim – Casual Lecturer in Early Keyboard
  • Ms Melissa Farrow – Casual Lecturer in Flute
  • Mr Matthew Manchester – Casual Lecturer in Cornetto and Pre-Baroque Practice
  • Dr Darryl Poulsen – Casual Lecturer in Horn
  • Mr Koen van Stade – Casual Lecturer in Historical Voice
  • Miss Leanne Sullivan – Casual Lecturer in Trumpet
  • Miss Joanna Tondys – Casual Lecturer in Early Keyboard
  • Mr Owen Watkins – Casual Lecturer in Oboe