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Tertiary Jazz Pre-audition Workshop

Are you planning to audition for a Conservatorium tertiary degree in jazz? Be well informed about the audition requirements and process so you can achieve your best result in this highly competitive field. This three hour workshop includes discussion and demonstration of the process, a mock Jazz aptitude test and the opportunity for some students to have their mock audition critiqued by members of the Tertiary Jazz staff in front of your peers (this is optional). This is an... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Beginner Shakuhachi Workshop

If you’ve always wanted to try the shakuhachi, now’s your chance! Shakuhachi Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick will present this workshop and demonstration introducing shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. The demonstration/workshop is open to anyone 16 years of age and over and no prior musical experience is necessary. It will interest students who feel drawn to Asian music and philosophies and people who want to find out more about the shakuhachi and its tradition. It may... [More]

Voice Works: enhancing vocal control, communication and care

One in three of the working population are considered professional voice users who need their voices to work effectively. Healthy, efficient and enduring vocal use is based on practical techniques that are common to both good speaking and singing. This practical skills-based workshop aims to provide teachers, professionals and anyone else who would like to use their voice more effectively with the fundamentals of how the voice works, how to use it better and how to look after it.... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Sydney Con International Jazz Festival

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The 2020 Festival has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Held over one day the Sydney Con International Jazz Festival is a boutique jazz festival presented in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Open Academy at the Con and Sydney Improvised Music Association. The festival is designed to be affordable, accessible and show case the best of Jazz from Australia, Sydney and the World. The festival uses all five of the Conservatoriums' beautiful... [More]

CONverge

The Smith Family is one of Australia’s best known charities. The University of Sydney is proud to be a partner in The Smith Family’s emotional literacy programs. Since 2005 the CONverge program, presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has been helping disadvantaged students explore their creative side and build confidence. CONverge seeks to help students explore and develop their musical identities, creatvity and potential by inviting them to participate in an 8 week... [More]

From Studio to Stage: psychology for performers

Many of us play well when we practice yet worry, tremble, feel sick, make mistakes or just feel our performance is not “up to scratch” in recitals and exams. We are not alone. Chopin dreaded performing, Pablo Casals often threw up back stage and Barbara Streisand did not perform for twenty years after experiencing a memory lapse in a New York concert. It is estimated that up to 70 percent of musicians believe their public performances are not at the same level as their studio... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Young Women's Jazz Workshops

About the Workshops The Sydney Improvised Music Association and the Open Academy regret to announce that the NSW Young Women’s Jazz Workshops will not take place in 2020 due to COVID. It is the first time in the program’s 18 year history that we’ve missed a year but we will be back next year better than ever. We’re looking forward to sharing 2021 dates as soon as we can, in the meantime stay well, keep practicing and find joy in music. The award-winning Young Women’s Jazz Workshops... [More]

School Workshops

FOR THE REMAINDER OF SEMESTER 1 OR THE DURATION OF THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THE CONSERVATORIUM WILL NOT BE OFFERING SCHOOL TOURS. Conservatorium Open Academy can provide your school with a fun, engaging music workshop here at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Our workshops are designed for High School students but some can be adapted for primary students. We’re keen to be flexible so take a look at the standard options below then complete the form with a brief... [More]