The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music has a long history and a clear future vision for international excellence in music training, scholarship and research. Established in 1895 by the University of Melbourne Ormond Professor of Music, the Conservatorium is the oldest and largest tertiary music institution in Australia, with over 900 full time equivalent students. Since 2009 the Conservatorium is paired with the Victorian College of the Arts to form the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music within the University of Melbourne. The Conservatorium combines the music programs of the University’s former Faculty of Music and the VCA’s former School of Music, creating the most comprehensive music institution in Australia, with excellence in classical performance, composition, opera, jazz and improvisation, interactive composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, non-western music performance, music performance teaching, and music therapy. The Conservatorium benefits from the largest bequest and scholarship endowment among conservatoria in Australia.
The Conservatorium enjoys outstanding facilities across two campuses: at the main university Parkville campus and the Arts Precinct at Southbank, where the spectacular Ian Potter Southbank Centre opened in 2019 and provides the Conservatorium with superb world-leading music facilities for performance, teaching, learning, and research. At Southbank, it is co-located with the Victorian College of the Arts and its exciting programs in Dance, Film and Television, Graphic Design, Music Theatre, Production, Theatre, and Visual Art.