AUSTA News 2023

2023 AGM

November 1st, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Strings Association Limited (AUSTA) will be held on Thursday November 23 at 8.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday November 23 at 8:00 pm ADT. Members who would like to participate should contact Emily (AUSTA National Administrator) by email for 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 use the form…

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…

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…

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…

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…

AUSTA WA Facebook Group

February 5th, 2020 by WA Chapter

In addition to the AUSTA WA Facebook page, (which is largely for AUSTA events, member news and opportunities posted by AUSTA Social Media managers) we have started a page AUSTA WA Group which is for members of the group and others to post freely in regard to anything of interest to the string community.  All responsibility lies with those who post and is not the responsibility of AUSTA WA.

AUSTA WA Group page

February 5th, 2020 by Helen Tuckey

In addition to the AUSTA WA Facebook page, we have started a page AUSTA WA Group which is for members of the group and others to post freely in regard to anything of interest to the string community.  All responsibility lies with those who post and is not the responsibility of AUSTA WA.

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…


May 15th, 2019 by TAS Chapter

ANAM Faculty member Karen Kyriakou presents a practical PD session for instrumental teachers of all instruments who teach groups or direct ensembles. The session will be held at the Dudley Clarke Performing Arts Centre, Hutchins School Hobart

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.

See the AUSTA WA Calendar on your iPad or iPhone Calendar app

March 24th, 2019 by WA Chapter

On an Apple Computer in Calendar File > New Calendar Subscription Copy and paste this link   In the iPhone Calendar app: Tap Calendars (centre of bottom line) Add Calendar (bottom left)>Add Subscription Calendar Copy and paste this link

AUSTA VIC – 40 Years of Newsletters

January 24th, 2019 by VIC Chapter

The first AUSTA VIC Newsletter was published at the end of

AUSTA VIC – Card Payments

January 24th, 2019 by VIC Chapter

Did you know that AUSTA VIC can now accept card payments at our events?

North Qld Celebration of Strings

September 6th, 2018 by QLD Chapter

Celebration of Strings 2018 5 Exciting Orchestras! Workshops Friday 19

AUSTA WA Calendar

August 20th, 2018 by WA Chapter

View the calendar of string events in WA  

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

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.


May 10th, 2018 by ACT Chapter

We have had a fairly quiet start to the year with just one event so far. We held a Bowing Workshop with Rosemary Macphail presenting a session called