About us

In 2017 the Conservatorium celebrated 65 years of music education in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region. From its humble beginnings in huts in Civic Park, "the Con" now boasts state of the art concert and teaching facilities located in the Newcastle City Precinct.

As well as providing lessons in classical music performance, we open our doors to all styles of music. You can often hear rock, jazz, pop, folk and electronic sounds emanating from our buildings.

Our staff are experts in their field. Whether you want to learn an instrument, take classes in music reading and writing or join one of our community ensembles, we will facilitate your music needs.

We also welcome all members of the community to come and enjoy our concerts. Revel in the experience of live music, see outstanding national and international artists, or support our locally-grown talent.

Harold Lobb Concert Hall The Harold Lobb Concert Hall is a premier facility, which is in constant demand for concerts by local, interstate and international artists. This 400 seat concert hall is also available for University staff and students, as well as members of the public to hire for private functions. Additionally, our creative production, recording and computer labs are available for all types of classes.

This is your Conservatorium and we want you to be part of our musical heritage and future.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.