Welcome to Wollongong Conservatorium
Positive Change Through Music
Our vision is to bring about positive change in people’s lives through music. So, whatever your musical journey please let WollCon nurture your talent.
Our community is made up of infants just staring out on life’s musical journey to adult participants who love to share making music together; from students honing their craft as musicians, to clients who work with our music therapists to explore life enhancing creativity. WollCon’s community all share a love for music whether it is, or will be, their profession or whether its simply a passion to take part – or both. Please join us.
WollCon is located in the beautiful surrounds of Wollongong Botanic Garden. The historic homestead of Gleniffer Brae provides a focus for our campus which nestles in the southwest corner of the Garden. It’s an inspiring place to make music overlooked by the Escarpment to the west and sweeping lawns and views to the ocean to the east.
@ a Glance
We are one of 17 Regional Conservatoriums in New South Wales, funded by the Department for Education
Incorporated in 1972, WollCon is 50 in 2022
WollCon is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation
We are NDIS accredited
WollCon educates and mentors 1500 people annually
We employ a faculty of over 60 staff
We deliver programs on- and off-site, including work in 19 schools
WollCon’s music staff are remarkable music teachers, educators and therapists. They are leaders in their field and committed to supporting their students on their musical journeys. Together, our music staff offer a massive range of instrumental and vocal teaching across many different styles and genres of music.
What began as a provider of music education with classes run out of a local church building, the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music has become a local icon of the community, whose home is an historic manor house and school perched on the top of a hill in Wollongong Botanic Garden.
After 50 years of music lessons at WollCon it’s no surprise that WollCon has produced some illustrious Alumni. You can read about some of them on our Alumni page.
WollCon welcomes visiting artists throughout the year. Many perform in our live performance program as well as working with our students and participants. Visit our What’s On Page to see who is coming to Wollongong to perform, to delight our audiences and inspire our community of musicians.
The Board & the WollCon Team
WollCon is overseen by a volunteer Board who give their skills and expertise to ensure WollCon is well governed and achieving its strategic goals. Our small management team is led by our CEO. Together they ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the Conservatorium and ensure everyone can access the opportunities they have enrolled for at WollCon.
Our Site &
WollCon is located in the beautiful surrounds of ‘Wollongong Botanic Garden and makes use of existing buildings; historic Gleniffer Brae House (c.1938) and former SCEGGS school buildings.
WollCon operates within the NSW Department of Education calendar, over a nine-week term plus one catch up week.
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So you've decided to join the WollCon community? We can't wait to make music with you. Let's make that happen!