AUSTA NSW – AGM Report – November 2020

With live events still unable to take place, AUSTA NSW has made the most of online workshops.

We have had good attendance nationally in our online workshops hosted by Alex Henery (Basics of Double bass for young students) and Julian Smiles (Conversations on cello pedagogy) and in collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of music , made possible through our NSW committee member and treasurer , Dr Goetz Richter.

Financially, these events have mostly been in-kind to AUSTA NSW , so they have allowed us to earn a modest amount of money without spending any existing funds. AUSTA still has a final webinar in 2020 to be presented in December.

Pending the relaxation of regulations with events and gatherings, we look forward to offering a combination of zoom and live events in 2021 and are currently working on planning and scheduling these

Chapter Report January 2020

In the end of 2019 , AUSTA NSW was busy with several events , including:

  •  masterclasses with Ole Bohn and Julian Smiles – both held at the Sydney Conservatorium
  • Repertoire reading day and workshop with John Ockwell – held at the Sydney Sring Centre
  • A collaborative event with ABODA NSW on building string programs in schools , presented by Anne Sweeney

Our committee currently remains the same and we will be having our AUSTA NSW  AGM meeting on the 23rd of February , which will include a guest speaker , Dr Kasniathan, who is a renowned Psychiatrist. He will be delivering a talk on teacher well being and good practises for mental health when teaching.

2020 is looking exciting with a number of events being booked in , including masterclasses and workshops with Janet Davies , Fintan Murphy and Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium , Our String Festival in June and the Barry Green masterclasses and workshops in May.


AUSTA NSW Report May 2018

NSW Report May 2018

We have had a quiet start to the year as we have had a change of president and some new committee members so we have had a lot to learn very quickly.

We have a busy few months ahead, with our annual String Festival in June and a pedagogy talk by Goetz Richter in May.

Some highlights of the year which are already planned are masterclasses with Robin Wilson and Julian Smiles, and a viola day with Roger Benedict.

Caron Chan is going to give an AMEB workshop in July and we are hoping to have the concertmaster of the SSO, Andrew Haveron give a masterclass as well.

This year, we are sponsoring the St George Eisteddfod with a $1000 prize for their Concerto Competition.

Our Reading Day will be in October and a special ensemble workshop.

Hopefully by the end of the year, AUSTA NSW will have a much bigger profile and we will start to grow the string community into a dynamic and diverse tour de force!

Cecilia Bers


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