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



Euan Safey and Jessica Zuk to Conduct Adelaide Summer Orchestra

Later this month, two of our Honours conducting students will lead the Adelaide Summer Orchestra. Currently mentored by Associate Professor Luke Dollman and Nicholas Braithwaite, Euan Safey will conduct Richard Rodney Bennett's Partita for Orchestra and Jessica Zuk will conduct Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36. Pianist Michael Ierace will also perform Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite. Please come along and support them!



Winter Warm Up (Adelaide Guitar Festival)

The Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble will feature in the Adelaide Guitar Festival's Winter Warmup concert, held in Elder Hall on Friday 19 July at 7.00pm. Alongside performances by guitar virtuoso Giuseppe Zangari and Australian flute luminary Jane Rutter, the Elder Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble will be giving the world premiere of Movin' Right Along by Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM.



AMEB July Showcase Concert 2024

Teachers, students, friends and parents are warmly invited to join the AMEB July Showcase Concert, to be held in Elder Hall on Sunday 28 July at 2.00pm. This will be an opportunity to hear some of the most outstanding pieces performed in exams in the first half of the 2024 examining year and to celebrate the hard work of these candidates (and their teachers).