About Hume Conservatorium.
The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium (now Hume Conservatorium) was founded in 1985 as the Goulburn Regional Music Centre.
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 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.
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. In 2014 HumeCon won the APRA AMC Art Music Award for Excellence in Regional Australia and in 2017 was a finalist in the APRA AMC Art Music Awards for Excellence in Music Education.
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. In 2018 HumeCon received a significant grant via the Regional Cultural Fund to renovate the "Old Ceramics Room" and develop a new educational / artistic venue called "The Creative Precinct". This innovative centre of creative collaboration and arts education will be completed in 2020. We continue to look to the future as an institution of trust, creativity and integrity.
Current HumeCon Board of Management 2020:
Ed Suttle President
Pauline Husen Vice President
Keith Brill Secretary & Treasurer
Stephen Lamond Director
Heather Caulfield Director
Charmian Cribb Director
Paul Scott-Williams CEO (ex-officio)
Danae Vitnell Public Officer (ex-officio)