Book Launch: Molto AUSTA

May 13th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Molto Austa: a historical overview of the Australian Strings Association

Susan Pierotti

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Orders close Fri 17/06/22

  • $30 (collect at conference)
  • $45 (posted)

The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) has a diverse membership of teachers, students, players and makers of stringed instruments.

AUSTA began with a few enthusiastic string teachers at a seminar in 1975. It rapidly developed thriving chapters in all states, delivered workshops and conferences, and organised tours by overseas guest artists and tours overseas by AUSTA members.

It has survived fluctuating membership numbers, financial pressures and the opening and closing of state chapters. Its members have learnt new skills and adapted to modern technology and global virus outbreaks. It has supported remote and regional members. Most of all, it has brought string professionals of all kinds together in a unique collegiate environment. Friendships have been maintained over forty years, and profound respect across many generations.

Using archival materials and live interviews, author Susan Pierotti has assembled a themed history of AUSTA, an association that all its members can be proud of.

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An enjoyable and interesting read about the many facets of AUSTA’s past, connecting it with Australian music education’s developments during the 20th century while showing its adaptability and vision for the 21st century. Molto AUSTA and Viva Strings!

– Hamish Paterson, AUSTA Vic President

Molto AUSTA is a captivating read! The enthralling stories of inspiration, engagement and genuine hard work by leaders and members of both the National and State Chapters in developing and maintaining the organisation are beautifully told.

The historical perspective of string teaching in Australia provides a backdrop for the shaping of AUSTA’s purpose and drive, and takes the reader on an insightful journey as descriptions of conferences, meetings and celebrations focussed on promoting the cause of the profession in all corners of the country. It is an important account of Australia’s first and only association for strings and its significant role in supporting teachers, performers and makers across the country.

– Sue Arney, Lecturer in Teacher Education, The University of Melbourne