Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM)

Discover how CQUni’s Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music can nurture your talent with award-winning lecturers and renowned international guest artists, in a supportive and diverse regional arts community to launch your performing arts career at a local, national or international level.

Peter McKenzie introducing the Central Queensland Conversatorium of Music


Have you had a great experience in a high school band or musical in the past and are interested to see where your talent can take you? Staff at Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music want to set you on a path to your dream career. Whether your passion is music theatre, acting or music, we have the course to suit you. Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music at CQUniversity is truly one of the cultural hubs of Queensland.

For 30 years, CQCM have been nurturing the talent of thousands of students who have gone on to launch successful careers on the world stage, including students who have delivered performances on London's West End, throughout Southeast Asia and all over the USA. Our innovative courses in music and theatre give students the opportunity to learn with award-winning lecturers and internationally renowned guest artists in our purpose-built facility on the Mackay Ooralea campus.

Choose from theatre courses, major in music theatre, technical theatre, drama or theatre studies and be immersed in practical industry-based training. If music is more your thing, you'll find your fit in one of our music majors. Whether you need the convenience of a completely online degree like our music studies major, the flexibility of our supported online music performance major, or the immersive experience of our jazz and popular music major, we've got the course for you. The arts community in Mackay are very inclusive and supportive of emerging performing artists. Mentored by world-class performers and directors, students at the ‘Con’ take part in a busy, annual performance schedule including stage productions, concerts, tours and festivals. 
Your audition shouldn't be daunting, it should be a snapshot of who you are and demonstrate where your talent lies. To take the stress out of auditioning, our friendly staff accept auditions in person or online, it’s that easy! Apply for an audition today at