About Us


Macquarie Conservatorium of Music is a non-profit community organisation committed to providing high quality music education for Dubbo and the Orana region. Macquarie Conservatorium is part of a network of 17 regional conservatoriums, which provide a high standard of community-based music education for people living in regional New South Wales.


Over one thousand children, youth and adults participate in music education programs each year through Macquarie Conservatorium.


Based in Dubbo with a staff of specialist music teachers, Macquarie Conservatorium is located in the central business district and housed in a former school, with fourteen well-equipped teaching and rehearsal studios, and a performance hall used for public concerts and events.


Music tuition and a range of music-making activities are available for youth and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. Programs include:

Tuition via video conferencing provides access to music education for students in remote areas. Access to teachers of instruments, levels or styles not available in Dubbo is also an option through video conferencing with other regional conservatoriums.


Tuition, classes and ensemble activities take place both onsite at Macquarie Conservatorium and offsite. Instrumental tuition and curricular music programs are delivered to government and non-government schools in Dubbo, and to schools in surrounding regional centres, including Wellington, Gilgandra, Narromine and Warren.


Conservatorium staff also direct bands, choirs and ensembles for a number of schools and community groups.


Each year Macquarie Conservatorium presents a program of special events open to the public. In partnership with Musica Viva, visiting artists of national standing are brought to Dubbo for a subscription concert series. Other events include student and staff concerts, children’s music theatre productions, tours to nearby towns, and a range of workshops and masterclasses.


Macquarie Conservatorium was established in 1987 as the School of Music and was based in a small building in Depot Road. The School of Music was renamed Macquarie Conservatorium in 1996, and relocated to its current premises on the corner of Darling and Bultje Streets in 2003.




Macquarie Conservatorium is supported by the NSW Government
through the Regional Conservatorium Grants Program





Macquarie Conservatorium is a member of the Association of

NSW Regional Conservatoriums