Conservatorium Academy

The Conservatorium Academy is a centre for creative and performing arts training for school-aged children and is part of the School of Education and the Arts at CQUniversity.

The purpose of the Conservatorium Academy in Mackay is to provide music and theatre training as an extension to the dance, drama and music classes that young people may already be engaged in. In keeping with this philosophy, the Conservatorium Academy will provide students with opportunities to perform through regular concerts and special events.

Operating out of our fully equipped, professional theatre, studios and teaching spaces, classes are delivered in a safe, educational and recreational environment by outstanding teachers and tutors. We look forward to nurturing your child's enthusiasm for the performing arts and all it has to offer!

Professor Judith Brown, Director Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music

A Welcome From our CQCM Director

Welcome to the Conservatorium Academy!

Our aim is to provide a safe, educational and recreational environment, with high-energy, fun classes taught in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

In addition to using our fantastic facilities, students will also interact with internationally acclaimed visiting industry professionals who work with the Bachelor of Music and Theatre students at CQUniversity. Some of the professionals that have worked with CQCM students include Chloe Dallimore (Sydney), Peter Cousens (Sydney), Glen Hogstrom (Melbourne), Jason Langley (Melbourne), John Morrison (Sydney), Jeff Jarvis (USA) and Dan Barnett (Sydney).

The full-time staff of the music and theatre programs are also internationally recognised artists who have tutored graduates who are now working professionally in music and theatre in Australia and around the world. We endeavour to help each student develop a love of music and theatre and all it has to offer, whilst maintaining their own personality and individuality within a high quality and rigorous program.

My girls really look forward to the no pressure, encouraging and fun atmosphere each week and I love that they've made a vast array of new friends from many different schools.

~ Liz, mum of two Conservatorium Academy participants

Ella Barresica

Our Staff

Hi, I'm Miss Ella!

I have always loved everything performing arts. The last twenty years have seen me singing, dancing and acting across many different platforms. After many years of tap, jazz, ballet and singing lessons, I moved to Mackay in 2013 to complete a Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation Musical Theatre) at Central Queensland Conservatorium Mackay.

While completing this degree, I had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in Australian musical theatre on some amazing shows. These included Brigadoon, 42nd Street, The Sentimental Bloke, Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Necessary Targets. I love learning, and working with these directors was an amazing opportunity to broaden my performance knowledge and technique. I am so excited for 2021 at Con-Academy, this is a program that I love. I am passionate about letting students learn and grow in a nurturing, safe and professional environment and watching them find their feet as young performers!

I look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and lots of new faces in 2021 at Con Academy!

It has been a great source of joy for my children to be part of the Con Academy family for the last four years. I have seen them grow in confidence and skill. I have repeatedly recommended the program to interested families.

~ Stephanie, mum of two Conservatorium Academy participants

Conservatorium Academy for Musical Theatre runs on Saturdays. Classes are split by age group and run all day Saturday from 9 am to 3.30 pm.

Each term, the classes will follow a theme, appropriate to the age group. This theme may follow a well-known musical or could include self-devised material so that students are given the best opportunities to develop their music theatre skills.

Each class will include a combination of:

  • Dance warm up
  • Drama exercises and scene work
  • Singing exercises and songs

Mini Music Theatre

Eligibility: Prep to Grade 1
Class time: 9 am
Duration: 45 mins

Junior Music Theatre  A & B

Eligibility: Grade 2 to 4
Class time: 10 am and 11 am
Duration: 60 mins

Intermediate Music Theatre

Eligibility: Grade 5 to 6
Class time: 12.30 pm
Duration: 60 mins

Senior Music Theatre A & B

Eligibility: Grade 7 to 12
Class time: 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm if required
Duration: 60 mins

Please note that these times are subject to change based on total enrolments and will be confirmed early in 2021.

Mini Music Theatre

Term 1: $90
Term 2: $90
Term 3: $100

Junior Music Theatre

Term 1: $114
Term 2: $114
Term 3: $127

Intermediate Music Theatre

Term 1: $130
Term 2: $130
Term 3: $145

Senior Music Theatre A & B

Term 1: $130
Term 2: $130
Term 3: $145

There is a concert levy of $10 per student, per term incorporated within each terms fee to cover expenses incurred at concert time.

Term 1 – 6 February to 27 March
Term 2 – 24 April to 19 June (no classes on 1 May)
Term 3 – 17 July to 11 September Concert Day – 12 September

Term 2 Open Class

In week 8 of Term 2 (12 June ), students will present an Open Class for parents, family and friends at the CQCM Theatre. Students are expected to wear their Con Academy uniform and class times are as per normal. Concert & costume information will be distributed at this class.

Term 3 Public Concert

In Week 9 of Term 3 (11 & 12 September ), the students will present an end of term concert for the Conservatorium Academy. Dress rehearsal for all students will be on Saturday 11 September  from 9 am to 3 pm in the CQCM Theatre. There will be two public performances on Sunday 12 September  in the CQCM Theatre at 1 pm and 4 pm. Costs and booking information will be provided at the beginning of Term 2. All further concert information will be provided at the Open Class in Term 2.

Performance requirements PDF (150KB)

Please familiarise yourself with the Conservatorium Academy Guidelines (80KB). This handy PDF can also be printed.

Conservatorium Academy Administration
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mackay
07 4940 7800

Registration Form

Conservatorium Academy Students

Check out some of our students having fun onstage.