We offer Australia's leading tertiary program in conducting.

Career opportunities  ​​​​​​​ Why choose us? ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ Learn from the best ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ How to apply

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This program was founded in collaboration with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

The program is delivered through sessions where students conduct two pianos, a chamber orchestra with professional players acting as the core group, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and finally, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra itself. These sessions are supplemented with one-to-one lessons and group discussion and video analysis sessions


A limited number of places will be available each year and it will be assumed that applicants are musicians who already have some skills and experience as a choral conductor.

Students at either level (Honours or Masters) will receive focussed and expert guidance (both technical and musical) from Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM. This will take place through individual and small group sessions.  

Students will also be given opportunities during their studies to work with a range of choirs, both within the Conservatorium and outside of the Conservatorium within the community at large.

What you'll study

Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance)(Honours)

Master of Music (Performance Studies)

Luke Dollman, Senior Lecturer in Conducting, talks about why studying at the Elder Conservatorium offers a rare and unique experience.  

Past students also share how the program has set them up for success.

Why choose us?

  • Our Conducting program is Australia's leading offering in this area.
  • Students have the opportunity to work as assistants in Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) projects.
  • Students will work with the ASO several times across the year.
  • The program offers networking opportunities with key roles in the field.
  • The program is delivered in intensive sessions over the course of the year and is suitable for students to remain in their home state if preferable. 

Learn from the best

Experience expert guidance and support. 

  • Dr Luke Dollman - Orchestral

    Luke Dollman

    Dr Luke Dollman has conducted throughout Europe and Australasia, working with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Helsinki Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Halle Staatskapelle, Lausanne Sinfonietta, and all of Australia’s professional orchestras. In the field of opera he has been a regular guest at the Finnish National Opera, and has also worked for Opera Australia, the State Opera of South Australia, and the Netherlands Opera. 

    Luke is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and furthered his studies at the Aspen Festival of Music and Accademia Chigiana in Italy. He is Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Deputy Director at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. 

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  • Dr Carl Crossin OAM - Choral

    Carl Crossin

    Dr Carl Crossin is an Associate Professor of Music at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and is well known and respected throughout Australia and internationally as a choral conductor, educator, composer and clinician. 

    Carl has had extensive experience as a choral conductor and clinician throughout Australia and has been the conductor of a wide variety of choirs in Adelaide over the past 40 years.

    As a composer and arranger many of his choral arrangements and compositions have found their way into the repertoire of of local, interstate and overseas choirs. 

    In 2007, Carl was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to music and was inducted in the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2021. 

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  • Bryan Griffiths

    Bryan Griffiths

    Bryan Griffiths is a conductor with extensive experience across the professional, educational and community music spheres. Specialising in wind ensemble direction, he is also proficient in orchestral and chamber music, having conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Band of the South Australian Police, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, New Adelaide Ensemble, Unley Concert Band and the Adelaide Summer Orchestra of which he was co-founder. He was appointed Music Director of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra in 2019 and the Robert Hower Winds of the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players in 2023. Since 2022, Bryan is the current director of the Wind Orchestra at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide), where he also lectures in ensemble, performance and composition classes. Before focusing on conducting, Bryan performed as a horn player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, where he served in a full-time capacity between 2010–2015.

How to apply

Audition registrations are now open for Semester 2, 2024 entry.

Register for your audition/interview

Submit your audition/interview application

Pay audition/interview fee

When registering, you must pay a non-refundable audition/interview registration fee via the online shop to be guaranteed an audition (search 'audition').

Bachelor of Music applicants

There is an audition registration fee of $26 for the first audition and $21 per subsequent audition.

Pay audition/interview registration fee

Apply to SATAC or International Admissions

Domestic students

You will need to lodge an application through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Visit the SATAC website

International students

You will need to lodge an application through our International Admissions Service. You do not need to register for an audition.

International applications

Current UofA students

You will need to lodge an internal transfer application.

Apply for an internal transfer

Prepare for your audition/interview

Please ensure you have followed the audition requirements for your specialisation:

Audition requirements by program

The Conservatorium does not provide accompanists except for the Bachelor of Music Theatre auditions. All other auditions that require an accompanist should contact the Accompanists' Guild of SA.

Applicants should contact accompanists as early as possible as auditions cannot be rescheduled to accommodate accompanist availability.

On the day of your audition, please ensure you arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition or interview. You will receive notification of your audition outcome following your audition.

We look forward to meeting you!