Austa Act aims to provide exciting professional development opportunities and activities for String teachers, performers and students in the ACT and Southern NSW region.

Since Canberra is a relatively small city, string players and teachers here have developed a strong sense of collegiality and friendship through the many years of events and support that Austa ACT has offered.

Each year we run pedagogical workshops for professional development, a large String Festival complete with non-competitive events for all school age groups, competitive AMEB grade level events and graded Concerto Competitions.

We also run a Concerto Day where students get the opportunity to play one movement of a concerto with an orchestra of AUSTA members and friends. Our regular relaxing dinners also provide members with opportunities to network with friends and colleagues.

AUSTA ACT looks forward to welcoming all new players, teachers and students to our upcoming events.

Louise Butler

President, AUSTA ACT


November 2019 Report

On 7th December Music for Canberra is holding their final String Stream concert for the year and I will present them with a donation of 2 scores from AUSTA ACT. Our committee felt that this might be a good way to support the excellent work that our local youth orchestra organisation does for all of our students.

We have also been busy planning some exciting events for next year.

On Saturday 29th February we will be holding a Teaching Beginners Forum with upper strings to be lead by Gillian Bailey-Graham and Jenny Higgs, and lower strings lead by Lindy Reksten and myself.

Planning is well underway for our annual String Festival in May, and support and enthusiasm is building from other local musical organisations for Barry Green



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


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Past Events

september 2019

08sep12:30 PM1:00 PMAUSTA ACT - AGM

08sep9:30 AM5:00 PMAUSTA ACT - Concerto Day

august 2019

24aug7:30 PM10:30 PMAUSTA ACT - Paul Rolland - Dvd's - Part 2

03aug1:30 PM4:30 PMAUSTA ACT - Reading Day

may 2019

24mayAll Day26AUSTA ACT - Canberra String Festival

march 2019

17mar10:15 AM3:00 PMAUSTA ACT - Goetz Richter Workshop