AUSTA News 2023

SEA Music Academy Online Partnership

May 24th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Southeast Asia Music Academy Online (SEA Music Academy Online). The Academy provides a virtual platform for musicians, music teachers, and music students to upskill and expand their horizons, through a varied selection of music courses and classes delivered by award-winning educators. In collaboration with leading partners in the region, we strive to create an online music community in the region, connecting musicians and students of all genres. With lifelong learning as the Academy’s mission, our courses equip learners with valuable skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving musical landscape — providing…

Advertising Manager Appointment

April 20th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Advertising Manager, Louise King. Louise is a well-known cellist who now resides at the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her Cello Dreaming workshops and her sublime cello playing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her enthusiasm for music and all things AUSTA. Louise brings with her a wealth of skills in marketing, branding and string playing, along with a sparkling energy that will be a huge asset to our already amazing AUSTA team. We welcome Louise to the AUSTA National staff and we are very…

National Advertising Manager – Job Description

February 10th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is conducting a search to find our new Advertising Manager for Stringendo. There is an honorarium attached to the position. The person would need to enjoy talking to potential and current advertisers, be reliable, good with deadlines, and able to organise data in Microsoft Excel. The Advertising Manager’s role is to solicit and liaise with current and potential advertisers for the inclusion of advertising in Stringendo, AUSTA’s twice-yearly published Stringendo Journal. The job is an autonomous one, although reporting to the National Executive Committee and Stringendo team is required. The Stringendo Journal is published in April and October. The…

2023 Advertising Policy

December 5th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Advertising Policy (as of December 2022) Download the Advertising Policy HERE  Social Media and advertising are integral to the development and promotion of AUSTA. Advertising opportunities are available in the following categories: Stringendo – click for more information Email advertising (via Mailchimp) to our membership of over 900 string players, teachers and industry professionals Social Media (Facebook) Email advertising (via MailChimp) AUSTA Members email advertising: $55 per chapter, with a total cap of $220, plus GST. For events and services only (not products or retail services). job advertisements, summer schools, concerts, masterclasses etc. Schools will need to be a member…

EBM Insurance Partnership News

July 29th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

EBM Insurance & Risk recently released a podcast with Brooke McLaren, who leads their musical instrument insurance program, where she discusses how to determine the replacement value of your instrument should it be damaged or stolen. Click here to listen to the podcast As a member of AUSTA you can access a musical instrument insurance offer via EBM Insurance & Risk. For more details and to obtain a quote, please visit the Members area of the AUSTA website HERE. Please note, you must be logged in to the website and a current member to access this offer.  

Tax time stage fright? The ATO can help

June 8th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Performing Artists: The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has put together a range of resources and tips to help you lodge your tax return this year. Check out the work-related expenses guide for performing artists to find out what you can and can’t claim this year. COVID-19 has had a big impact on the performing artist industry and as a result you might have a few new and different claims this year. If you’ve received a COVID-19 support payment, remember the tax treatment of these payments varies so make sure you visit the ATO’s quick guide to the tax treatment of…

Book Launch: Molto AUSTA

May 13th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Molto Austa: a historical overview of the Australian Strings Association Susan Pierotti Order your copy now! 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…

EBM Insurance Partnership

January 12th, 2022 by Emily Dittman

EBM Insurance Partnership EBM Insurance & Risk is Australian owned and operated and has a dedicated team that supports musicians, dealers, teachers and students with cover for their instruments.   AUSTA members can access an exclusive insurance offer from EBM Insurance & Risk. This offer applies whether your instrument is at home or in transit and includes: no claim discount (if no claims made during past 3 years) free climatic conditions cover (if instrument is under $100,000) reduced broker fee from $90.00 to $50.00 p/y support in the event of a claim. Read more about how to access this offer here…

2021 AGM

October 27th, 2021 by Emily Dittman

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Strings Association Limited (AUSTA) will be held on Thursday November 25 at 8.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Notice is hereby given that the 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday November 25 at 8:00 pm AEDT. Members who would like to participate should contact Emily Dittman (AUSTA National Administrator) by email for advice and access to the relevant Zoom links. The audited financial statements will be made available to members on the website prior to the meeting. Members who would like to nominate a proxy can…

2020 AGM Reports

November 30th, 2020 by Karen Kyriakou

The AUSTA AGM took place on Thursday November 26 online via Zoom. Relevant reports can be found below:   To read or download the Presidents Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Treasurer Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Stringendo Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Social Media Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE   For access to the Chapter Reports, please click on the relevant Chapter below: ACT     NSW     QLD     SA     TAS  …


May 15th, 2019 by David Sanzone

The National Conference dates moved to Friday 1 July – Monday 4 July 2022

March 28th, 2019 by Gina De Francesco

After much discussion, the National Executive has decided to delay the next National Conference to 2022. This gives time for us to better understand what the future of conferences and large gatherings will be, and to work safely with our sponsors, international presenters and of course our members, in order to provide the best conference under whatever circumstances may be at play. The conference will be held in Melbourne and the dates have been confirmed as Friday July 1 – Monday July 4, 2022. Please make a note in your forward planner, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Loreta Fin 2018 Conference notes retraction

March 13th, 2019 by Loreta Fin

It has come to my attention that one of the papers I authored and presented at the 2018 AUSTA National String Conference in Perth and included on the AUSTA Website Resources page was flagged as problematic with regards to copyright and permission of some elements of the content. The paper indeed contained images that acknowledge the author Barbara Barber, but did not thoroughly refer to copyright, and indeed permission had not been sought from the author for the use of the images in the paper. My intention in including the images was simply to support the concepts and make delegates…

AUSTA VIC – 40 Years of Newsletters

January 24th, 2019 by VIC Chapter

The first AUSTA VIC Newsletter was published at the end of

AUSTA Patron Richard Gill Honoured

August 8th, 2018 by Gina De Francesco

AUSTA patron Richard Gill has recently received an Arts Leadership Award. Angus McPherson’s article, recently published in Limelight

Australian Honours for Elizabeth Morgan AM

May 12th, 2015 by Brendan Joyce

AUSTA Founding Chair and Patron, Elizabeth Morgan has been recognised in the 2013 Australian Queen

How to improve String Technique and Musicianship

May 12th, 2015 by Emanuel E. Garcia, MD

(in just twenty minutes a day!) Music, perhaps more than any other human activity, enlists the synthetic cooperation of intellect, creativity and athleticism. As a physician and psychotherapist who spent nearly a decade working with students of classical music, I was deeply impressed by this inextricable interrelationship between mind and body. Eventually I devised a method of practice designed to enhance the technical and musical abilities of string players, and I am pleased to reintroduce it here for Stringendo readers. First, a few general observations. Listening closely to string players one can over time distinguish superior from inferior technical ability…

May 11th, 2015 by Justine Marsden

Have you ever played your instrument and become so completely immersed in its sound that it becomes a purely sensory experience? This is essentially what happens when you are

How I Teach The Bass

May 11th, 2015 by David Heyes

My teaching methods have changed markedly over the years, partly through experience but also from my solo work and commissioning many new works for double bass. Three of my teachers (Laurence Gray, Bronwen Naish and Franti

The Joys of Teaching Beginner Violinists

May 11th, 2015 by Ros Hurst

Teaching beginner violinists is an incomparable, stimulating and enjoyable occupation. Each child is uniquely individual; every day produces new challenges and rewards. The last four decades have seen great improvements in beginners