Conservatorium of Music

Creating the future leaders of the arts community

As one of Australia's leading music schools in one of the world's leading universities, the UWA Conservatorium of Music transforms individuals to release their full creative potential.

Graduates of the UWA Conservatorium of Music have gone on to postgraduate study at national and international centres of music excellence. They perform in every major orchestra in Australia and as chamber musicians and soloists around the world. They inspire the next generation of musicians in classrooms across Australia and work in a wide range of arts organisations.

Each year, we present a vibrant program of concerts and events that showcase our young emerging artists and the finest musical talent locally, nationally and internationally.

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Ranked in the world top 100 for Performing Arts (QS 2020)

Producing world-class graduates for 50+ years

Whether your aspiration is a life in music or music in your life, we dare you to play on our stage.Professor Alan Lourens, Head of Conservatorium

Apply now for the Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

The UWA Conservatorium of Music and West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) have a unique master’s course, offering participants industry experience through interaction with a professional orchestra as well as the opportunity to be mentored by some of Australia’s finest musicians and researchers.
 
The course will provide:

  • Practical orchestral experiences in a variety of ensembles
  • One-to-one mentoring sessions with WASO Musicians
  • Selection of mainstage programs with varying leaders, conductors, repertoire and performance contexts
  • Mock auditions with feedback
  • Dynamic research training and support in a community of thriving scholars and music practitioners
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Our courses

Concerts and events

The Conservatorium of Music is home to more than 200 events, free and ticketed, each calendar year. We are delighted to bring you a diverse range of events that showcase amazing work from students, staff and industry professionals, as well as some of Australia’s leading music organisations, community groups and schools.

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Auditions for 2022

  • Sunday 19 September 
  • Monday 15 November

UWA’s flexible, innovative course structure gives you the opportunity to tailor your study pathway and achieve your unique goals. 

Specialise in performance, composition, musicology or electronic music – or you can choose to combine music with other study areas, giving many choices of career. 

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Ways to study music at UWA

There are different pathways available at the Conservatorium including the revamped Bachelor of Music with streams for Performance, Composition, Musicology, Studio Teaching and Creative Music Technology.

Study your passion with electives and minors 

An exciting feature of our courses is the opportunity to take electives and minors. These provide knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise. The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable electives that will accrue credit towards your degree. Whether or not you have studied music at secondary level, or can read music, you can enrich your degree by including music units in your study.

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Junior Music School

The UWA Conservatorium of Music’s Junior Music School nurtures your child's creative potential through the magic of music.

We believe all children are musical. The extent to which musical ability develops, however, depends greatly on the input children receive in very early childhood.

Our program is designed for children aged 18 months to 12 years. It is focused on nurturing your child's musical potential in a stimulating and rich musical environment, supporting you and your family in developing and maintaining a lifelong love of music.

Junior Music School employs highly skilled music teachers from diverse musical backgrounds.  This ensures our program is based on the best and most recent research, and a supportive and lively university music community.

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Community programs

Music has the power to enrich and change lives. The Conservatorium of Music provides classes and activities that support and promote music for everybody in the community.
Schools outreach

The UWA Conservatorium of Music is committed to supporting the continued development of young musicians in schools.

We warmly welcome groups form both primary and secondary schools to attend our concerts and are pleased to be able to offer free tickets for these groups to any of our in-house performances.

We can arrange outreach activities at UWA (such as access to open rehearsals, presentations or workshops to coincide with concerts) or where available, we can arrange for our staff and students to visit your school to perform and provide additional support (including professional development opportunities).

To discuss in further detail, contact the Concerts and Outreach Coordinator.

Accelerate! Strings

UWA Elite Performance Program

Accelerate! is UWA's new elite performance training program designed for string players and pianists in years 10–12, who are looking to take their playing to the next level!

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with UWA staff including Head of Strings Suzanne Wijsman, Shaun Lee-Chen (Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Head of Keyboard Studies Graeme Gilling and celebrated fortepianist Cecilia Sun.

The program will include a wide-range of practical activities including workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on performance, performance skills and general musicianship. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in the Accelerate! Showcase and will also be offered free tickets to a number of Conservatorium of Music performances.

Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition. Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants.

Who is the program for?

The program is intended for string (violin, viola, cello and double bass) students in years 10–12, who are currently performing at AMEB Grade 7 or above (or equivalent). The program is ideal for those undertaking WACE/ATAR Music, although enrolment in those programs is not essential.

Contact Pip White for further information.

Accelerate! Guitars

UWA Elite Performance Program

Accelerate! Guitars is UWA's elite performance training program designed for classical guitarists in Years 10–12 who are looking to take their playing to the next level!

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with Head of Guitar Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, as well as some very special guests!

The program includes a wide-range of practical activities including workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on their current repertoire, and hone their ensemble skills while rehearsing and performing with the UWA Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble. 

The program will culminate in a joint performance with current UWA students, presenting the Australian premiere of Terry Riley’s exciting ensemble work Y Bolanzero, in addition to a variety of solo and chamber works for guitar. 

Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition. Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants.

Who is the program for?

The program is suited to classical guitar students in Years 10–12, who are currently performing at AMEB Grade 7 or above (or equivalent). The program is ideal for those undertaking WACE/ATAR Music, although enrolment in those programs is not essential.

Application deadline:  Friday 28 June 
Auditions: Monday 8 July (3-5pm)
Session Dates: Fridays 4.30-6.30pm (16 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sept)
Concert: Thursday 12 Sept 7.30pm

Contact Pip White for further information.

Hire a student ensemble

Are you looking for an ensemble for your wedding, function or special event?

The Conservatorium of Music does not directly facilitate student performances for private events, but many of our students play in self-formed ensembles that perform at weddings, business functions and other private events. A list of these students is included below*.

See the full list of ensembles and their contact details here.

*Please note that unfortunately the Conservatorium of Music is not able to audition ensembles appearing on this list.

Some members of the ensembles listed may be students of the UWA Conservatorium of Music, which conducts auditions for entry to Music courses. The groups are not professional performers, however, and you should discuss your requirements with them and decide whether they are suitable for your function, as the Conservatorium of Music cannot be held responsible for any adverse outcomes.

Staff Community Choir

Join the UWA Staff Community Choir

Would you love to join a choir but feel like you don’t have the time or the experience?

FREE to all UWA Staff members and no audition required.

Reduce stress, improve physical and emotional health through singing, have fun, meet new people and learn a new skill with varied repertoire.

Choir leaders Michael Battersby and Sarah-Janet Brittenden are both experienced vocalists, musicians, and community choir leaders will enthuse and engage even sceptics in the benefits of singing.

The UWA Staff Community Choir is a partnership initiative of Safety, Health and Wellbeing and the Conservatorium of Music.

Date and time
Tuesdays 1–2pm, 13 August – 17 September 2019
Where
Tunley Lecture Theatre
Concerts
Dates TBC

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Prizes and scholarships

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Highly acclaimed teachers and researchers

The Conservatorium is home to some of Australia's finest musicians, composers and researchers. Staff members include leading industry figures, highly active performers, composers and researchers, as well as dedicated educators.

Conservatorium research

We have a long-established tradition of research in music education, historical musicology and performance practice, as well as a strong track record in composition and performance.

Research is closely interwoven with the Callaway Centre, a research hub that provides a focus for discussion, projects and postgraduate activity and training. It is also home to the Callaway Centre Archive of Australian and international collections.

Our research areas

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Electronic Music

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Music Pedagogy

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Partnerships

The Conservatorium has strong industry links, working closely with some of Australia’s leading music organisations, community groups and schools to present exciting educational events and opportunities for students.

 

Performance spaces, instruments and technologies

Located next to the picturesque Swan River, the Conservatorium of Music has various performance, teaching and rehearsal spaces available to staff, students and for occasional external hire. We have a large collection of modern and historical instruments as well as specialist music technology and software available for use by current students.

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Location

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Access

Office hours: 8.30am to 4pm. The office is closed 1–2pm Fridays for lunchtime concerts.