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Register for an audition or interview
If you'd like to study at the Conservatorium, you will need to attend an audition or interview. This allows us to assess your abilities and discuss your commitment. Here is the process.

To apply for a course at the Conservatorium you should:

  1. Make an application through UAC or the University of Sydney
  2. Register online for an audition, portfolio submission or interview
  3. Check your email for a confirmation of your registration from the Con

Preparation

Please ensure you follow the audition requirements for your specialisation, including portfolio instructions.

Live Auditions and Recorded Auditions

Ideally, you will attend your audition or interview at the Conservatorium. Under certain circumstances you may submit a recording or undertake a web-chat interview if you are unable to see us in person. Please indicate your preference in your audition registration.

Do I need an accompanist?

Yes. If you are auditioning in an instrument or voice, you need to have an accompanist in your audition. If for some reason you cannot arrange one, please contact one of our recommended accompanists (105KB/PDF).

If you are applying for our Jazz program, you will perform with staff from our Jazz division. 

Don’t forget to pay the audition fee

For undergraduate auditions, we charge a non-refundable fee for each audition/interview registration.

Auditioning in Conducting or Opera Performance?

There are specific instructions you need to follow to apply for Conducting. Conducting as well as Opera Performance also have their own audition dates. These are listed below in the postgraduate section.

 

2019 entry

Semester 1 application

  • Early round auditions: 24 to 28 September 2018
  • Early registration closing date: 11.59pm 1 September 2018
  • Late round auditions: 26 November to 7 December 2018 (excluding weekends)
  • Late registration closing date: 11.59pm 30 September

Make sure you register for your audition before the closing date.

Follow the audition requirements (457.6KB/PDF) to ensure you meet all criteria.

Registration opens in July. Please check back here for details on how to register.

Semester 2 applications (mid-year entry is available in BMus Musicology, BMus Performance – classical focus only)

Include your audition material in the University of Sydney course application. We will then schedule your audition and/or interview when we receive this.

If you are a current University of Sydney student (including a student of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music), you can apply for a course transfer through your Sydney Student portal. Current Con students, please refer to these instructions

Follow these steps to apply and register for your audition.

  1. Follow the audition requirements (288.4KB/PDF) to ensure you meet all criteria.
  2. Start your course application.
  3. In the application, indicate if you will audition live or provide a recording.
  4. Combine all required audition material, including portfolios, in your course application.
  5. If you are applying for our Conducting program, please also email your material to the relevant staff member listed in the audition requirements.
     

Semester 1 application
Apply by 31 January of the same year.
Start your application here.

Semester 2 application
Apply by 8 July of the same year.
Start your application here.

Conducting applicants
Semester 2 2018 application closing date: 15 April 2018
Semester 1 2019 application closing date: 15 September 2018
See additional step 5 above.
Start your application here.

Opera Performance applicants
Semester 1 application closing date: 31 October of the preceding year.
Start your application here.

If you are unable to attend in person, you may submit a recording. Please provide this in your course application to the University of Sydney.

The academic year for Higher Degree by Research candidates comprises of four research periods:

Session name Start Census date End
Research period 1  2 January  31 January  28 February
Research period 2 1 March 31 March 30 June
Research period 3 1 July 31 August 30 September
Research period 4 1 October 31 October 31 December

Apply directly to the University of Sydney from here.

2018 Audition Dates

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Don't forget...

1

Performance degrees and Improvisation program = audition required

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All other degrees and programs = portfolio submission and interview

Undergraduate pre-admission and audition requirements

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Postgraduate pre-admission and audition requirements

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