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’s visit.

Our inaugural Harry Potter Stringfest in term 3 is another idea that is brewing, and should provide a fun day of dressing up and playing music for the younger ones.

As always, a big thankyou to the wonderful ACT committee who work so hard to make all these wonderful things happen!

– Louise Butler



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 ‘To Bounce or Not to Bounce – That is the Question?’

A variety of violinists, both teachers and students and some cellists came and found that 2 hours disappeared very quickly when discussing the intricacies of bowing! Everyone found it a most worthwhile workshop, thanks Rose.

Now we are in the midst of preparing for our annual String Festival to be held on the first weekend in June. Doreen Cumming, violinist for Orange NSW and principal 2nd violin in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra is coming to adjudicate for us. We are looking forward to a very busy weekend with many fine performances, especially in the Junior and Senior Concerto Competitions.

In Late June we will let our hair down with a Pot-Luck Member’s Dinner, then after the National Conference, we will hold our annual Reading Day on 29th July.

ACT members will receive a $300- subsidy to assist with air fares to the Conference.

Many thanks to all the enthusiastic committee members who so willingly give their time to help organise our ACT events.


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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

december 2018

06dec7:30 PM10:30 PMAUSTA ACT - Christmas Dinner