About Hume Conservatorium.
The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium (now Hume Conservatorium) was founded in 1985 as the Goulburn Regional Music Centre. The founding Director was the noted composer and musician, Paul Paviour OAM.
The Goulburn Music Centre was the eighth such centre established by the NSW State Conservatorium. Its initial aim was to fulfill a need within the local community for quality music tuition and to support the fledgling Associate Diploma in Music course then on offer via TAFE.
It was also clear from the outset that the Centre had a long-term goal to deliver courses up to the level of Diploma and beyond. In the early days, there was talk of setting up a comprehensive performing arts centre in Goulburn to cater for other artistic endeavors as well as music. This is a goal that remains to be achieved.
The name of the music centre changed to the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium Music Centre in 1993, and shortened in 2002 to the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium (GRC), bringing it into line with the 14 established NSW Regional Conservatoriums.
In the early years there were significant challenges pertaining to the housing of the Music Centre. When it opened in 1985, teaching was confined to two rooms within the TAFE campus. As student numbers increased, this arrangement became unsustainable and issues were compounded in 1986 when the TAFE campus was closed for one year in order to renovate the building. This resulted in Music Centre lessons being delivered in the local Baptist Hall and in various private homes. In 1987 the Conservatorium found a more permanent home in the old government offices in Verner Street and there it grew and established itself over the next nine years under the excellent leadership of Vanessa Woodhill. In January 2006, then Director Stephen O'Connell OAM negotiated to relocate the GRC campus into 160 Bourke St (the “Old TAFE Campus”). In 2012, under the leadership of current CEO Paul Scott-Williams, the original old government offices were refurbished to create "Rock Con" - a sub school of the GRC with a specific focus on contemporary music and studio technology. 2014 saw the GRC win the prestigious APRA AMC Art Music Award for Excellence in Regional Australia and were a finalist again in 2017 for Excellence in Music Education relating to the innovative Goulburn Strings Project. In 2018 the NSW Department of TAFE transferred permanent ownership of the facility to the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium thereby securing the future of the GRC campus as 160 Bourke Street, Goulburn. At the same time, the GRC successfully gained a $1.3 million grant through the Regional Cultural Fund to renovate the "Old Ceramics Room and old Government Printery" sections of the campus.
In response to the growth in regional programming, increased enrolments and the ownership status of its campus facility, Goulburn Regional Conservatorium became Hume Conservatorium in 2019, thus bringing it into alignment with the majority of 17 NSW Regional Conservatoriums who possess a name that is reflective of their regional service area.
Since its inception Hume Conservatorium (HumeCon) has had seven Directors – Paul Paviour OAM, Russell Cooper, Corinne Laird, Vanessa Woodhill, Maree McGrath, Stephen O'Connell OAM and current CEO, Paul Scott-Williams. There have been eleven Presidents of the Board of Management - Leonard Robinson, Adrian Ormiston, Jack Micklethwaite, Dr Michael Barkl, Dr Robert Arthurson, Dr. Chris Devery, Stephen Hart, Norman Meader, Dr Ursula Stephens, Catherine McCarthy and Ed Suttle. Lastly there have been in excess of 70 members of the Board of Management - people who have given their time freely in order to help ensure that HumeCon has top quality governance oversight in order to ensure the ongoing safety of the institution.
HumeCon has broadened the range of performing ensembles on offer, catering to students of all ages including adults. Today, there are over 1300 students enrolled in music and other courses which are taught throughout the year. HumeCon offers a range of Professional Development programs to regional teachers and the wider community. We strive to support regional musicians and arts organisations and have established a positive relationship with the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (GRAG) which allows us to offer reciprocal membership, to collaborate on projects and to use the walls of HumeCon as a community gallery space. Through our comprehensive In-Schools Music Program we actively support the annual GCOPS Music Festival and provide music education to more than 200 Early Childhood students.
In 2019 Hume Conservatorium received the award for "Excellence in Business" from the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce.
Hume Conservatorium is now well established. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2015 and have become a vibrant and important part of the cultural life of the region. We continue to look to the future as an institution of trust, creativity and integrity.
Current HumeCon Board of Management 2019:
Ed Suttle President
Pauline Husen Vice President
Catherine McCarthy Secretary
Keith Brill Treasurer
Stephen Lamond Director
Heather Caulfield Director
Sharon King Director
Margaret Dougall Director
Paul Scott-Williams CEO (ex-officio)
Danae Vitnell Public Officer (ex-officio)