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Become a professional conductor
Learn a wide range of conducting techniques and the strategic communication skills necessary for effective conducting.

We are at the forefront of conductor training in Australia. As a conducting student, you will have opportunities to collaborate with and lead one or more of our flagship ensembles in rehearsal and performance.

At the heart of our conducting program is our conducting faculty which includes internationally renowned conductors Eduardo Diazmuñoz (Orchestral Conducting) and John Lynch (Wind Symphony Conducting).

As an undergraduate student, you can study conducting as an elective no matter which degree you are enrolled in. The courses are taught by George Ellis across three semesters, guaranteeing a logical sequence should you wish to pursue conducting as your principal study in a postgraduate degree.

Why study conducting with us?

  • Be taught by internationally renowned conductors in a curriculum that values practical experience.
  • Conduct our orchestras, wind symphony, choirs, operas or modern music ensemble.
  • Our close proximity to the Sydney Opera House means you can observe select rehearsals with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other performing arts companies.
  • Conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Bonynge, Simone Young, Antony Walker, Henryk Pisarek and Paul Dyer are among our distinguished alumni.

Who can I study conducting with?

  • Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Professor and Chair of Conducting; Artistic and Music Director; Chief Conductor of the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
  • Associate Professor John Lynch, Wind Symphony Orchestration; Conductor of the Conservatorium Wind Symphony
  • Dr Stephen Mould, Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Opera Studies, Artisitic Director of Con Opera
  • Associate Professor Neil McEwan AM, Conducting; Conductor and Director of the Conservatorium Choirs
  • Dr Paul Stanhope, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Choral Studies
  • Professor Neal Peres da Costa, Professor of Historical Performance; Program Leader (Postgraduate Research); Conductor of the Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble
  • Mr Daryl Pratt, Senior Lecturer in Percussion; Conductor of the Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble
  • Mr George Ellis, Casual Lecturer in Undergraduate Conducting Studies
  • Dr Steven Capaldo, Conductor of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra

What are my study options with conducting?

Where conducting can take you

  • conductor
  • music producer
  • music journalist
  • festival or venue manager
  • interactive music designer
  • musicologist
  • event producer