The face and voice of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is moving on, with Andrew Snell taking a new job with the Victorian Opera.
Mr Snell, the chief executive of the Con, will leave next month after five years at the helm.
A search will now begin for his replacement.
Mr Snell described his time at the conservatorium as ‘‘an exhilarating journey’’, but said his lingering regret was that a permanent home for the institution had not been found.
‘‘From uncertain beginnings, where without the support of the University of Wollongong, my vision for the Con could never have succeeded, to being an intrinsic part of the cultural diversity of Wollongong, the Con really has blossomed into one of the finest music education facilities in Australia,’’ he said.
‘‘The level of dedication of staff, the support of the board and our corporate sponsors and the sense of belonging that students of all backgrounds and ages get from being a part of this amazing community facility is truly outstanding.
‘‘I leave the Con in a much better place than I found it, although that makes it even more difficult to leave. My only regret, if any, is that a permanent home for the Con is yet to be secured.’’
Mr Snell will become managing director of the innovative Victorian Opera.
The chair of the Con’s board, Kelli Halling, thanked Mr Snell for his ‘‘tireless endeavours’’ shaping the future of the institution.
‘‘His relentless energy has helped drive a positive change in culture at the Con and carved a new position for us as the music in your community; something of which Wollongong can be very proud.’’