Educating artists since 1898.

Anna Goldsworthy

Professor Anna Goldsworthy
Director, Elder Conservatorium of Music

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the home of music education in South Australia. We are not only one of the most established musical institutions in this country, but one of the most forward-looking, as we seed the artists and teachers of the future.  

Our dedicated and passionate staff teach across the disciplines of Classical Performance, Jazz, Popular Music, Composition, Sonic Arts, Musical Theatre, Music Education, Musicology, and at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music. Alongside the opportunity to learn from Australia’s most celebrated musicians, we offer unrivalled ensemble experience, ranging from small ensembles to big bands and symphony orchestras; cutting-edge exposure to emerging technologies; performance opportunities in spectacular productions; close working relationships with the cultural institutions on our doorstep; and a bespoke model of care for our students, from our Open Academy Program through to our postgraduate courses. 

We live in an era of enormous exponential change, in which the connectivity and humanity of music has never been more important. Come and join our community! 

Exciting changes to the Bachelor of Music degrees from 2024

From January 2024, most of the undergraduate degrees at the Elder Conservatorium of Music will undergo some small but important changes.  These changes will affect the structure of the Music degrees, not the content.

The degrees affected by these changes are: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music (Advanced) and Bachelor of Music (Honours).  The Bachelor of Music Theatre degree is not affected by these changes.

From the beginning of 2024, these degrees will offer four majors instead of the current eight majors:

  • Classical Performance
  • Jazz Performance
  • Creative Practice
  • Music Education

More details about program changes here      Combined and concurrent degrees      Auditions

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News and events



SOSA and STCSA Co-Production of Bernstein's 'Candide' Described as 'The Best of all Possible Performances' and 'The Finest Music Theatre Seen in this City for Years'

State Opera South Australia and State Theatre Company South Australia's co-production of Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta Candide (Thursday 23–Saturday 25 May), featuring 44 Bachelor of Music Theatre students and the professional debut of recent graduate Taylah Johns, has been described as 'the best of all possible performances' (Broadway World) and 'the finest music theatre seen in this city in years' (InReview).



She Speaks

Join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for an inspiring four-concert celebration of diverse musical voices. Co-curated by Dr Anne Cawrse and Belinda Gehlert, She Speaks ignites the stage with the blazing contributions of women composers.



Elder Conservatorium Staff Receive 4.5-Star Review in Limelight for Perspectives (Chamber Music Adelaide)

Four new compositions for voice by Dr Anne Cawrse, Glyn Lehmann, Jodie O'Regan and Nathan May and Julian Ferraretto were given their premiere at the Adelaide Town Hall on Friday 10–Sunday 11 May.