Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Graphic from the cover of the Strategic Plan consultation

Q&A: Strategic Plan 2016-20

Following the discussion paper series to inform the development of the 2016–20 Strategic Plan, Professor Pip Pattison and Professor Duncan Ivison provide an update on how your feedback is informing the development of our next strategy.

Conservatorium news

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End of Year Staff Celebration, Friday November 27!

From 4.30pm until 7.30pm in the Faculty Courtyard.


Announcements and notices

Slides from Annual Research Day 2015

Slides developed for SCM Research Development Day, 27 February 2015, covering the following topics: * Overview of SCM research support; * New initiatives for 2015 (including Professional Practice, new requirements for research reporting); * The art of the research statement; * The new publishing landscape (open access, recognising predatory journals, and more); * SCM Higher Degree Research overview (Kathleen Nelson).

Visas and visitors

For every guest invited to SCM, paid or unpaid, an online form captures any preliminary information about the arrangement, ideally at least one month in advance. Faculty professional staff then proceed with logistical and artistic support as required. Here is the link to access the online form.


Every non-Australian visitor requires the appropriate visa for the activities they perform at the Con, whether paid or unpaid. Visitors must consult their Embassy for visa advice, and the University, as employer, must have a copy of every visitor’s visa before any activities commence.  


It is mandatory for all staff to advise Heggy at least one month in advance of intent to engage a visitor. She will then liaise with your visitor and guide them through the process. 


Guest Lecturers and Performers Guidelines



Important dates

3 Dec

2016 Internal Grants opening soon

The research unit expects that the online application form for 2016 internal grants will be available from Thursday, 12 November on the Research Support intranet. Applications will close on 3 December. For further information, please contact


8 Dec

Notice of Intent for 2016 NHMRC and ARC applications

The Research Portfolio is committed to improving communications and refining the support we provide during the busy grant period, with the goal to improve grant outcomes across the University. If you are considering whether to submit a grant application in the 2016 NHMRC or ARC grant round, we request that you complete our notice of intent form, save and send it to the Portfolio by email

14 Dec

Albi Rosenthal visiting fellowships in music

The University of Oxford’s Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Libraries invites applications for the Albi Rosenthal visiting fellowships in music. These support research on an aspect of the Bodleian Library's music collections. Academics or university staff at postdoctoral level or equivalent, with a current institutional affiliation, may apply, as may performers or composers of equivalent standing who may wish to use the collections in support of historically informed performances or other creative projects.


Fellowships cover allowable expenses for up to three months.  For further information contact

5 Jan

Royal College of Music: MSc in Performance Science

The Royal College of Music London launched an internationally distinctive MSc in Performance Science in September 2011, and is currently recruiting for September 2016 entry. The programme provides opportunities to examine the art and science of music performance in real-world educational and professional contexts, challenging students to engage with key facets of peak performance, musicians’ health and wellbeing, musical development, and effective learning and teaching.  The programme benefits those who are motivated to gain a scientific understanding of how music is created, learned, performed, and perceived, including performers and teachers aiming to progress their current careers through continuing professional development. It also serves as an ideal base for those wishing to pursue advanced research and teaching in performance science, music psychology, or musicians’ health, or in any area in which knowledge of scientific methods and techniques would be an advantage.

31 Mar

Jonathan Blakeman National Composition Prize

The Jonathan Blakeman National Composition Prize will encourage and reward music composition at the highest standard nationwide, it will be offered every two years. Applicants are to submit a 12-15 minute piece for Australia Ensemble instrumentation using at least three players. The prize has no age limit and will be open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. The finalists will be shortlisted and invited to participate and share their piece in an Australia Ensemble workshop mid-way throughout 2016. The workshops are presented by leading composers and musicologists and held several times a year. The winner will have the privilege of performing their piece at an evening Australia Ensemble Concert in the subscription series in 2017

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