The Conservatorium of Music

A contemporary touch to a community favourite

The Conservatorium of Music is a significant public asset for the Newcastle region, along with providing both undergraduate and postgraduate education. The facility also supports an active community music program.

Embedding the School of Creative Industries amid the city’s cultural, community and business activities will facilitate industry and community engagement and enable the expansion of interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Works commenced in late 2019 for phased refurbishment within the Conservatorium that will continue into 2020. These works aim to increase the vibrancy to the main entry, encourage student collaboration and connection and foster relationships between the University, industry partners and the wider community.

Harold Lobb Music Hall

New recording studio

As part of these works a new purpose built recording studio will be constructed in The Conservatorium of Music to be used as practical learning space for University students. The facility will feature two professional grade performance studios with vocal isolation booths and a large control room.

This is intended to become the premier recording studio in the Newcastle area and has opportunity to attract industry revenue, furthering community and industry relationships to the School of Creative Industries and the University of Newcastle.

The recording studio is expected to be complete by Semester 2, 2020.

Project updates

December 2019

Refurbishment works on the external terrace and foyer on level one are currently underway. Semester 2, 2020 will see a new purpose built recording studio on level three.


February 2020

The Community Music Program for 2020 will commence Term 1 from Monday 24 February 2020 and rehearsals of the Vocal Company and Brain Waves Choir have been temporarily relocated in NUspace until Term 3, 2020 to enable the works.


March 2020

BMG music label Managing Director, Heath Johns, and UON Head of School of Creative Industries, Paul Egglestone, discuss ambitions to take partnership to new heights and make Newcastle the Houston of Australia utilising the new recording studio at the Conservatorium. Read more here.