Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) accepts online auditions year-round. The Conservatorium operates in Term 1 and Term 2 of the university calendar for the Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Theatre.

CQUniversity's Conservatorium of Music takes pride in its friendly atmosphere and helpful understanding staff. Our aim is to make the admission process as simple and straight forward as possible.

Auditions for the Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Theatre are now open.

Applying for entry into one of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) courses is a four-step process.

  • Applicants new to CQUniversity should complete and submit a course application to a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). TACs receive and process applications for admission to courses on behalf of many tertiary institutions in each state.
    Check to see if you are eligible to submit a Direct Application.
  • Complete and submit the online application form to the Conservatorium. Ensure you complete all boxes marked with a red asterisk (*) as your application cannot be processed without providing this information.
  • Prior to your audition, email a copy of your artistic resume to musicandtheatre@cqu.edu.au. Your artistic resume should include the following:
    • performance history (including workshops and masterclasses)
    • relevant awards, certificates, licenses or diplomas (e.g. AMEB, RAD)
    • any evidence of community or volunteer work
    • contact information
    • headshot
  • For those applying for music theatre or drama only you will also need to supply a doctor’s certificate. The doctor’s certificate should state you:
    • are fit and healthy
    • have no pre-existing conditions that may prevent you from doing any required medium to high aerobic dance and stage activities
    • have no pre-existing conditions that may affect your ability to sing or use your voice.

Attend a live audition in Mackay or Cairns or submit an online audition. Please view our Audition Guidelines to assist with your preparation.

International Auditions

International students wanting to apply to CQCM must check the English entry and academic requirements. Further information can be found on our International page.

Online auditions are accepted anytime for the Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Theatre for a Term 1 and Term 2 start. Face-to-face auditions held in Mackay and Cairns will be arranged after the Audition Request Form has been submitted. Videoconferencing platforms, such as zoom can also be used to present an audition and this should be communicated to the Audition Administrator if it is your chosen option.

To submit an audition via a YouTube channel you must ensure:

  • Your audition is filmed in an appropriate rehearsal or performance space, so you get the best quality image and sound.
  • You are fully visible in the camera frame and your hand (instrumentalists) and torso (singers) are clearly visible.
  • You begin the audition by giving your name, age and state why you want to study at CQUniversity in Australia.
  • If you upload your audition to a YouTube channel you must email the link to audition administrator. All audition materials must meet the same requirements as in-person auditions.

If you require assistance or have any questions, please contact the Music and Theatre Administrator by email at musicandtheatre@cqu.edu.au or phone +61 7 4940 7801.

For each of the courses and their specialisations, there are varying audition requirements. Please find these below:

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no costs associated with applying for or completing an audition at CQUniversity.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time.

The panel may interrupt your performance. This is not an indication of an unsatisfactory assessment, but due to the management of the audition process.

You are required to use your own accompanist and/or backing tracks.

You should bring the following (some of these may or may not be required depending upon what you present):

  • instrument
  • sheet music
  • accompanist or backing track
  • CD player or iPod dock (if required)
  • amplifier (if required)
  • written information and documents for the interview

You should wear smart casual clothes.

If you apply and audition within the set audition period, you will receive your audition results with three weeks of your audition. Late applicants will receive results 1 to 2 weeks after their audition.

You should only use a prop if it's essential to the performance requirements of the monologue.

If you are unable to attend your scheduled audition contact the Audition Administrator to request a change of time.