Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums

Music Education in regional New South Wales - Australia

Stephen O'Connell - Murray - Riverina 2014 Business Leader Award



The Business Leader award recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

WINNER: Stephen O’Connell, Murray Conservatorium – Albury

Stephen O’Connell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Murray Conservatorium of Music, a major provider of Music education and performance for the region Stephen has been a regional conservatorium CEO for over 16 years. Some of his achievements over this period have included securing an additional $2.41 million in recurrent funding for a state wide program and the formation of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, representing over 30,000 students and 600 staff. As CEO, Stephen has reinvigorated the Murray Conservatorium  Stephen has also implemented the Music in the Gardens series with Albury City which attracts 12,000 audience members to six separate concerts each year.

According to Stephen “Winning this award will enable the Conservatorium to raise its profile within the broader business community as being a major contributor to the local economy in terms of employment and tourism”