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



Adelaide Cello Weekend

Join master musicians on 2-4 February 2024 for a weekend of ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses and a finale concert in Elder Hall. Each student will participate in cello ensemble and will receive 30 minute masterclass tuition.



Top Class!!! Meet the top classical performance students from the Elder Conservatorium

Top classical performance students from the Elder Conservatorium compete for $1500 worth of prizes in the Friday 27 October lunchtime concert, supported by the Peter Brooker prize for musical excellence. Join us in Elder Hall at 1:10pm Friday for one of the highlights of our concert calendar.



Meet the soloist: Gemma Vice performs Mike Mower's Flute Concerto

Honours student Gemma Vice performs the Mike Mower flute concerto in this Sunday's 'Joint Forces' concert with the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra.