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 presents conferences and workshops, and promotes services for our members throughout the country. AUSTA also has partnerships with international string associations. As an information service we support and network with other Australian music associations and institutions, such as schools, universities, examination bodies, eisteddfods, youth orchestras, chamber music promoters, symphony orchestras and music festivals.

AUSTA offers pedagogical information and support for the entire string community. We value networking and building relationships with other string groups. Membership also provides opportunities such as discounts to concerts and events, and activities for musical growth and professional enhancement at all levels. The AUSTA website offers a secure place to lodge your professional profile in the string world. It provides information on events, airline travel with instruments, where to find an accompanist, beautiful images of string instruments to
download and use, free classified advertising and much more.

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.


  • Simon Fischer
  • Barry Green
  • Donald Hazelwood OBE, AO
  • Eduard Melkus
  • Elizabeth Morgan AM
  • Sheila Nelson
  • Graham Wood OAM

Past Patrons

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