Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy

The Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy (MCYAA) offers a comprehensive chamber music program for Victorian students aged 14 – 18 who display talent and ambition, and are contemplating a career in the performing arts.

We believe that highly talented young musicians should be given the opportunity to study with leading teachers in an energising and supportive Conservatorium environment. At the core of our musical focus is the development of chamber music skills, and the value those skills bring to today's young musicians. The Academy aims to foster individuality of expression and internal group communication all within fully supported musical and social contexts borne of decades of pedagogical experience.

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To be eligible for the Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy, students must currently be enrolled in secondary education.

Students can apply as individuals or with and existing chamber music ensemble.

Please complete and submit an application form to apply for the Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy.

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All students are required to undertake an entrance audition.


Fees are set for each semester. Students are expected to take part in all elements of the core curriculum.

Teaching Staff

Masterclass Guests

String Quartets and Piano Trios will be formed by the MCYAA staff following the auditions. Repertoire for each individual group will be selected and emailed to students. It is essential that parts are learned prior to the first rehearsal.

The chamber music groups will be assigned some of the most demanding pieces of the repertoire. In rehearsals, students will share their musical opinion and develop rehearsal and listening techniques.

Each group will be coached by a highly experienced teacher and performer who has a passion for chamber music and loves to work with young musicians, and will have the opportunity to work with our masterclass guests.

The repertoire covered in this program offers students a comprehensive performing experience through various periods and genres.

The string ensemble will work on two separate programs, each over the course of four weeks, with a final concert at the end of each phase.

Program 1: Fintan Murphy
Program 2: Odette Creanga-Kurth

The Cello Ensemble will rehearse and perform music from the Renaissance, Baroque and the Romantic period, moving into Jazz, Tangoes and other contemporary styles. Students are encouraged to participate actively and collaboratively in the rehearsal process.

Program 1: Svetlana Bogosavljevic and Edith Salzmann
Program 2 : Josephine Vains

A piano extravaganza, with repertoire for four-hand, eight-hand piano or more.

Tutor: Glenn Riddle

The Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy will take place across eight weekends between 12 September - 12 December 2021.

All activities will take place at the following location:

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
43 Sturt Street
VIC 3006

Rehearsals and classes will take place in classrooms on levels 7 and 8, and performances will take place in the Kenneth Myer Auditorium.

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Our programs take place on selected Saturdays and Sundays from 12 September – 12 December 2021.

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The venue for all activities is the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, located at 43 Sturt Street, Southbank 3006.

Acceptance into the program is by audition so you do not need a particular grade exam level to get into the MCYA. We will listen to your audition and make a decision based on your performance and interview.

Providing performance experience is a very important element of our program. All of our ensembles will perform in a concert setting at least twice each semester, with the masterclasses providing additional performance opportunities.

For 2021 entry into the program, students must be 14 years of age, or be turning 14 before the end of the year.

You can apply to join the program as an individual and ensembles will be formed following the auditions.

However, should you already be part of a chamber music ensemble, you could consider applying as a pre-formed ensemble.

The MCYA is an ensemble program and individual lessons are not currently offered. You should continue to take individual lessons with your current or preferred teacher.

Regular participation is of the utmost importance. Should you need to be absent due to an important school activity, please notify the Program Coordinator, Edith Salzmann, in writing as early as possible so we can try and find an alternative solution for your ensemble.

Parents are very welcome to attend the MCYA concerts and observe the masterclasses.

An application form is available here.

Learn about the current student regulations here.

Donor Support

We support creative learning because we believe artistic minds effect change. Our philanthropic and commercial partners play a vital role in this process by supporting improved learning opportunities, scholarships, outstanding research and world class facilities in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct.

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