The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) is an association of teachers, players and makers of bowed string instruments which promotes excellence in all aspects of performance, teaching, composing, conducting and string instrument making.

AUSTA is the voice for Australian string teachers, players and instrument makers. We also promote excellence in string playing by supporting talented students with scholarships and awards in music exams, eisteddfods and music festivals.

AUSTA inspires and supports the string community and facilitates communication at local, national and international levels.

AUSTA’s involvement in the community includes:

  • Presentations at conferences and workshops
  • Member services through Australia
  • Networking with other Australian music associations
  • Partnership with international string associations
  • Partnerships with schools, universities, examination bodies, eisteddfods, youth orchestras, chamber music promoters, symphony orchestras and music festivals

AUSTA offers:

  • Pedagogical information
  • Support for the string community; teachers, players and makers

AUSTA values networking and building relationships with other string groups.

Membership benefits include:

  • Discount tickets to concerts and events
  • Activities for musical and professional development at all levels
  • Access to the website where professional profiles can be lodged
  • Information to events across Australia
  • Information on travel with instruments
  • String images for download
  • Free classified advertising

The AUSTA national journal Stringendo is published twice a year for members. It contains informative articles, string news, reviews and advertisements. State and territory chapters keep members informed through regular newsletters, emails and Facebook.

The AUSTA National Conference is held every three years in different capital cities. Also on a three rotation are the AUSTA International Tour for string players and teachers, and the state-based activity: visits, master-classes and webinars from international and local artists and teachers. Chapters present individual workshops and events that have relevance to their membership.

AUSTA acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.


Past Patrons

  • Frank Callaway AO, CMG, OBE
  • John Curro AM, MBE
  • Richard Gill AO
  • Yehudi Menuhin, OM, KBE
  • Sheila Nelson
  • Robert Pikler OBE
  • William Primrose CBE
  • Max Rostal
  • Jan Sedivka AM