New Wollongong Conservatorium of Music executive director Andrew Snell is orchestrating a plan to return the organisation to the community.Brought in to restore the fortunes of "the con" after its two most senior figures resigned following a boardroom row in September last year over governance and financial processes, Mr Snell believes the organisation has become isolated from the community."This place is a huge community resource and I don't necessarily think it's been used properly in recent years," the renowned musician and conductor told the Mercury yesterday.Mr Snell said a wall had been built up between the conservatorium and the region's schools, and the private music tuition industry which he hoped to tear down in the future."The next open day, I want community and school groups as well as our students to perform here," he said. "I want people to know 'the con' is open for business in terms of the community." Mr Snell took up his appointment in May when he replaced interim director Meredith Morgan, who was brought in to begin putting the cash-strapped organisation on a sound financial footing."Realistically, my first months have been spent getting some proper management systems in place, getting the finances well and truly stabilised and making sure we get through to the end of the year," he said.He is hoping that a review into the state's entire regional conservatorium network by the Department of Education will increase funding."Then we will need to get a program in place to get things to grow," Mr Snell said.He is keen to establish a larger ensemble program, particularly focused on young children and a expansion of the schools' band program.Hailing from the United Kingdom, 31-year-old Mr Snell has an honours degree from University College Salford, Manchester, and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary level.He spent more than 10 years as an instrumentalist with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, made famous by the movie Brassed Off, and performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted brass bands in the UK and recently was guest conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.Before taking up his appointment, Mr Snell was manager of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.