The Conservatorium engages accompanists for a number of weekly classes that require performance on a regular basis (e.g. Performance Forum). Students are required to engage their own accompanist for any course/activity where an accompanist is not engaged by the Conservatorium, such as Performance Exams.
Finding an accompanist
The Conservatorium does not maintain a database of accompanists; students should seek advice regarding suitable accompanists from their individual teacher or Head of Studies. If you require further advice you should visit the website of the Accompanists' Guild of South Australia and consult their Register of Accompanists.
You are advised to consider your choice of accompanist carefully. Accompanists engaged by the Conservatorium for classes may also available for examination work and should be approached in plenty of time. If you leave it too late to approach an accompanist, you will find that many will be fully committed and therefore unavailable so you will jeopardise your chances of presenting a good performance.
Accompanists and exams
When engaging and accompanist for performance examinations, it is important to note that the Conservatorium is not able to take individual requests for dates/times into consideration when scheduling performance exams, including circumstances where an accompanist is unavailable. It is therefore advisable that you inform your accompanist and/or associate artists of the exam period dates and of your exam/recital times as soon as you are aware of it and ask that they make themselves available for your time.