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…

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…

2021 AGM Reports

November 30th, 2021 by Emily Dittman
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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…

Viola Resource List

October 12th, 2021 by Emily Dittman

VIOLA RESOURCE LIST for AUSTA NSW presentation, Disclaimer – this list provides a broad range of resources for teachers and students of viola. It’s possible that this list can also later be able to be made available on the AUSTA and/or the Australian New Zealand viola society websites and updated from time to time. The exclusion of any resource does not imply that it is not recommended. – Helen Tuckey and Robyn Brookfield, October 2021 Download this list here (140KB) 1 Learning the alto clef Apps “Tenor Tutor” (Covers Alto Clef as well as Tenor Clef) This App teaches basic…

Polycorde Bow

June 24th, 2020 by Charlie McCarthy This fun and innovative new take on a 500 year old design allows the player to switch between single string playing and multi-string sustained chordal playing in an instant. With a minimal learning curve it is possible to operate the leverage system in the frog and play full bodied chords along with single string melody whilst you are playing. This in no way replaces the modern Tourte bow. Consider how a percussionist can have many mallets for the same drum or why tradesmen have more than one tool. This bow enables a string player to apply additional harmonies to…

Barry Green – 2021 International Presenter – Rescheduled Australian Tour. CANCELLED

July 1st, 2019 by Karen Kyriakou

AUSTA is sad to announce that is has made the decision to CANCEL the 2021 tour of Barry Green. This difficult decision was made due to continuing difficult travel conditions. Barry Green served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years. He is a former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, and currently teaches at The Ohio State University and at high schools in Cincinnati. Green has been a professor of bass at U. of Calif. Santa Cruz and U. of Cincinnati CCM and has written 3 bass method books and many solo recordings. As a…

Australian Luthiers and Archetiers Congress 13 – 20 July 2019

July 1st, 2019 by Sophias Strings

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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.

Conference Session Notes

August 3rd, 2018 by Gina De Francesco

Notes from the National Conference Sessions are being updated progressively. New today, session notes for the Violin Forums (1.5 & 2.5) and the Set UP For Success Forum (3.4). Go to the Interactive Program to link to the notes.