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Professor of Conducting (Education Focused)

Sydney, Australia
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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  • We are seeking a Professor of Conducting (Education focused)
  • Join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Continuing full-time position with an attractive remuneration package
  • Access up to AUD$30K to support education-related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning

About the opportunity

Founded in 1915, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) was based on the model of the European Conservatoire. Its establishment revolutionised Australian music training where comprehensive performance-led teaching, virtuosity and music education were made available to musicians aged 3 to 90.

The first opera series in Australia began at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Several of Australia's most prominent musicians studied at the Conservatorium and have gone on to work with international ensembles such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, Ensemble Offspring and more. Musica Viva successfully launched their first chamber music series in the Verbrugghen Hall.

In 1990, Sydney Conservatorium of Music amalgamated with the University of Sydney, but it was only in 2005 when the Music Department and the Conservatorium united. Now a unified research institution, research and the advancement of knowledge are integrally linked to teaching and performance.

The Professor of Conducting (Education Focused) will be involved in the artistic leadership of the Conservatorium focusing on our large ensembles program and conducting pedagogy. Recognised with an international reputation as a creative leader in conducting, the areas of conducting experience will include a focus on wind symphony, large ensemble music (including non-western music such as Chinese music ensemble), musical theatre and opera, newly composed music, and the emerging music styles of the twenty-first century. The successful applicant will join a conducting team that already has expertise in opera, symphonic music, and choral music. A key role will be the development of conducting programs in our undergraduate regular curriculum, postgraduate student conductors, and conductors in the community.

The Professor of Conducting (Education Focused) will have experience in a wide range of genres and styles and will have held extensive professional conducting roles and/or experience conducting high quality tertiary student ensembles.

The Professor of Conducting (Education Focused) dedicates the majority of their contribution to teaching and teaching-related activities (up to 70%), with a minimum of 20% research and 10% governance, service, and engagement. Additionally, you will mentor junior academics, providing advice on teaching methodologies, education research approaches, publications, and career advancement.

Successful candidates will join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort. For further insights into this exciting opportunity, we invite you to watch this video.

About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

The Professor of Conducting (Education Focused) will be recognised internationally as a leading expert in educational design and delivery, with a notable track record for enhancing student outcomes, pioneering educational innovations, and contributing to respected research in the field. They will have been acknowledged for their educational excellence through various awards and their ability to secure external funding for research.

With substantial leadership and management experience in higher education, the Professor of Conducting (Education Focused) will excel in supervising and mentoring colleagues towards success. Their proven expertise extends from curriculum development to conducting prominent research and fostering an environment conducive to student success.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a continuing position on a full-time basis and will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

Click to view the Position Description for this role.

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For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact:

Lucy Porter (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on + 61 429 771 115 or by email

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be provided if required.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Applications Close

Monday 29 April 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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