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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.

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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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Thursday 29 April — Thursday 29 April

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

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Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

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Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

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Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

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Thursday 26 August — Thursday 26 August

Year 9 and 10 Parent and Student Information Webinar

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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