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BUNBURY - Another string to your bow

Saturday March 4, 3.30 - 4.30 in vicinity of Bunbury Entertainment Centre. Bunbury and regional string teachers are invited to meet with WASO Assistant Concertmaster Semra Lee and WASO violist Helen Tuckey. Semra and Helen are also experienced string teachers and AMEB examiners. Hosted by AUSTA WA South-West regional representative Kate Telchadder, this will be a chance for some general tips and support, hints on exam preparation. Free to AUSTA members (join or renew at Discover new resources, win a door prize! PD certificates supplied. More information, please contact Kate Telchadder through the committee member link on this website. BOOK HERE:

AUSTA Double Bass Festival with John Keene - bookings open!

March 6 at Callaway Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium of Music 9.30 - 4. AUSTA WA is pleased to present a whole day of activities for double bass players, teachers and students of all levels, ably directed by John Keene and some professional colleagues. BOOKINGS and MORE INFORMATION HERE:
John Keene started learning double bass at the age of seven in a school string program simply because he was the tallest in his class. In 2015, he became the youngest player ever to be awarded the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship, and was awarded the Fellowship again in 2016. In the following year, he became an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, touring regionally with the ACO Collective as Principal Double Bass.
John studied with Alex Henery, Principal Double Bass of Sydney Symphony Orchestra, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 2015-2018. In 2015, John won the Conservatorium’s String Concerto Competition. This resulted in his performing Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 with the Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. In 2016 and 2017, he was a finalist in the Great Romantics Competition held at the Melbourne Recital Centre. John is also an avid conductor and debuted with WASO in concert in 2022 conducting Handel's Water Music, arr. Harty. He is also the conductor and music director of his own orchestra, The Orchestra Collective, which he founded in 2021. John also regularly conducts the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra as well as many other ensembles in Perth. John was selected to be a part of the Australian Conducting Academy in 2022 and the Symphony Services International Conducting Course in 2016, and as a result participated in conducting masterclasses with several Australian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, including WASO. In 2018, John played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Double Bass, and later that year on contract as Tutti Double Bass with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. John also teaches several double bass students and is a sessional teacher at the University of Western Australia. John is delighted to be playing in such a vibrant and world-class orchestra as WASO; he and his wife Brianna moved to Perth at the beginning of 2019 and have loved living here since.
For details, please contact Anna Person through the committee member link on this website. DOUBLE BASS FESTIVAL BOOKINGS HERE:

View the calendar of string events in WA

A complete list of events for strings can be seen on our calendar. Regular AUSTA events include festivals in Perth and Albany, masterclasses, socials, forums, and online presentations and forums, with big discounts for our members. We are also support activities and prizes in association with WAYACHAMP, the Darlington String Quartet, Eisteddfods, Festivals and AMEB.


This date is to be confirmed and enrolments are yet to open. We look forward to welcoming teachers and students of all levels. For the second time, we will also offer an Adults Only performance session. One piece only is to be performed for each ticket purchased. Beginner medleys may be approved on application. Chamber groups of up to 5 players are also welcome, and each student must play an individual part. Students of AUSTA members will have a discounted entry fee to the Festival. There will also be a sale of second-hand sheet music sale, donations welcome.

Keep up to date with AUSTA WA on Facebook

Join AUSTA WA on Facebook for AUSTA posts, and join the AUSTA WA Facebook Group for sharing all your news, instruments for sale, concerts coming up, auditions, opportunities.

AUSTA WA is a member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture, Western Australia

The Chamber is a place of research and resources for the arts and arts-related activities in WA, and has made a submission to the forthcoming National Cultural Policy.  Did you know that in 2020/2021, Western Australia received 7 percent of Australia Council funding for the arts, less funding per capita than elsewhere? The submission can be read here:

WA-based string businesses

Please use this list to support our local string businesses with varying services from renting to buying to repairing. This list is not in any particular order or an endorsement of the business by AUSTA WA, it is supplied purely to help students, parents and teachers. If you would like your local WA-based business listed here, please contact us. REPAIRS and MAINTENANCE: West Violins, Andre Ozturk, Andrew Tait (cello and double bass) BUY: Crescendo Music, Andre Ozturk, Tempest Music, WA Music Innaloo, West Violins, Zenith Music RENT: Tempest Music (rent to buy), Twinkles Violin Rental, WA Music Innaloo.

Recommended Minimum Teaching Rates 

The 2023 hourly minimum recommended rate for private studio teacher individual lessons by WAMTA (the West Australian Music Teachers' Association) is $95 an hour for professional teachers, and $75 an hour for students who teach.

AUSTA WA Committee

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