Music at USC

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From 2018, USC offers a new Music major. Led by internationally acclaimed musicians Sean O’Boyle AM and Suzanne Kompass, the major is for music lovers, performers and producers who want to understand the modern music industry and hone their performance skills.

The major includes courses in songwriting and composing, music production and sound engineering, and a range of performance techniques and styles, including voice performance. Students will learn how to manage the recording process and build an audience through live performances and online. Then, they’ll put what they’ve learned into practice through a major music industry project, where they’ll make, produce and release their own recordings.

The Music major is offered as part of USC's Bachelor of Creative Industries. Most Music courses do not have prerequisites and can be studied as electives.

Sean O’Boyle AM, Artistic Director, Music

Sean O'Boyle AM

Sean is an Australian composer and conductor who became a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day honours for "significant service to music as a composer, conductor, musician, performer and musical director."

Sean has written for, conducted, directed and collaborated with many artists including; Dame Evelyn Glennie, Adam Lopez, James Morrison, The Whitlams, Tommy Emmanuel, Kate Ceberano, Yvonne Kenny, David Hobson and Jane Rutter.

He has twice received the ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his work as a composer and his projects have received numerous ARIA nominations anf awards.

In 2014 Sean was appointed Chief Arranger and Composer in Residence of the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Sean comes to USC following his most recent appointment as Artist-in-Residence at the USA's 6th oldest University, Moravian College, where he was responsible for the implementation of a music technology degree and taught composition, conducting, orchestration, recording arts, film music and jazz clarinet.

Suzanne Kompass, Director, Vocal Arts

Suzanne Kompass

A platinum recording artist, Suzanne, is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether Opera, Operetta, Art-Song or the classics of Broadway.

Suzanne will take up her appointment at USC direct from completing her role as Artist-in-Residence at Moravian College where she was the 2013 recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for "excellence in studio teaching.”

Suzanne is a master voice teacher with students on three continents, many of whom are working professionally in Opera, Broadway and Theatre.

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