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Griffith raises the bar in vocal excellence

Griffith's Queensland Conservatorium is one of Australia's leading music schools, preparing graduates for the challenges and rewards of professional careers.

Studying opera and voice here, you'll gain the invaluable experience of learning from internationally acclaimed teachers. You'll develop your talent in high-tech studios and on sophisticated stages.

You'll have the advantage of a curriculum that's focused and intense, emphasising both performance opportunities and the classroom. You'll be supported to achieve your fullest vocal potential. Dedicated educators will give you the benefit of their skills and experience, coaching you for success in the professional arena.

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Study opera and voice at Griffith

Find your place on the world stage

Opera graduates taking on the world stage

High quality training from the best

To help you achieve the highest levels of artistry and musicianship, you'll be guided closely by our world-class faculty — including soprano Lisa Gasteen AO, Johannes Fritzsch, award-winning soloist Margaret Schindler, Michelle Hulcome and Julianne Stoll.

Perform in exceptional spaces

Queensland Conservatorium has a long tradition of annual fully-staged opera productions. You'll have the opportunity to take part under the guidance of experienced professionals, honing your craft and helping you develop a polished ease in performance.

Located in the heart of Brisbane's cultural precinct at South Bank, our state-of-the-art spaces are among the finest — acoustically, architecturally and technologically. You'll learn and perform in these outstanding facilities, which include the Conservatorium Theatre, performance halls and leading-edge music studios. You'll also have access to one of Australia's most comprehensive music libraries.

Join our inspiring alumni

The Conservatorium produces music professionals of supreme calibre. Our alumni include famous vocalists and performers such as Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director Katie Noonan, singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, and opera stars Kang Wang, Samuel Sakker, Kiandra Howarth and Samuel Johnson.

Kate Miller-Heidke

Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)

Kate Miller-Heidke’s remarkable voice has mesmerised audiences across the globe. The versatile singer has an enviable career that straddles the world of classical and pop music, from performing in front of hundreds of millions of viewers at Eurovision to gracing the stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and producing a score of ARIA-award winning pop albums. Kate was the second Queensland Conservatorium alumnus to represent Australia at Eurovision, after Dami Im in 2016. Her Eurovision hit Zero Gravity, co-written by her husband and fellow Griffith graduate Keir Nuttall, showcased Miller-Heidke’s soaring vocals—a legacy of her training at the Queensland Conservatorium. Miller-Heidke graduated from Griffith’s Queensland Conservatorium in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical voice. Queensland Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said the Con had produced many remarkable vocalists who had transformed the Australian music scene—from Dami Im to Katie Noonan and Megan Washington. ‘She is a classically-trained singer but her crossover appeal is immense, and it is no surprise to me or her former teachers that she has gone on to wow audiences around the globe.’

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Career outcomes

Develop your talent to its ultimate potential

As a Griffith opera and voice graduate you'll embark on your career as a mature and knowledgeable artist, with the highest quality training as your solid foundation. You'll be equipped with the skills and techniques to pursue a multitude of opportunities in the ever-evolving profession, including:

  • Solo performer
  • Ensemble member
  • Teacher in private studios or schools (with further training)
  • Music administrator
  • Stage manager
  • Vocal health
  • Director
  • Producer

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 28 October — Saturday 15 February

Trimester 3: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 3 February to Saturday 15 February.

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Tuesday 28 January — Thursday 30 January

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 17 February — Friday 21 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Saturday 12 December — Thursday 17 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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