Please email the AUSTA NQ President for more information about AUSTA NQ activities in 2019 in Townsville.

AUSTA regional members are reminded to check the AUSTA member resource page on this website for online and other member benefits, and to contact the AUSTA administrator to add further events or news of interest to the string community. The QMTA recommended minimum rate for private individual lessons for 2019 is $70 per hour.


The next 29th Australian Festival of Chamber Music will held on Friday 26 July – Sunday 4 August 2019.  Magnificent concerts and opportunities for students


Feb 14 Closing date for adult registration Cairns Symphony in a Day (see below)

Sunday February 24 2019 2-5pm Trinity Anglican School, White Rock Professional Development Session for all music teachers hosted by QMTA, a free professional development afternoon with Professor Rob McWilliams, Education Outreach clinician, Yamaha Music Australia.  Topics:  “Why learning and playing music supports academic performance, social interaction, emotional empathy and overall brain health and development” and “Enhancing effective listening and evaluation skills”. There will be an opportunity for discussion an questions, and PD certificates will be available. Please register your attendance by February 20 – this is essential if you require a PD certificate.  Sue Stitt or phone 0407 639 141

More info:

NQ Chamber Orchestra Sunday March 10 3pm Cairns Performing Arts Centre featuring many string works.

Cairns Symphony in a day Yes – it is possible to rehearse and then perform a Symphony in a Day. Sunday July 21 2019 (Show Holiday weekend) 8.30-5.30 rehearsal, 6pm performance of Beethoven Symphony no. 7  with conductor Owen Clarke, administrator Sue Stitt.  Players, adults and invited students from Cairns and FNQ at Trinity Anglican School – White Rock Campus, free, lunch provided.  Prerequisite: individual practice in advance of the course.  PD certificates:  for all teachers.

Why? The first Cairns Symphony in a Day will take a concept used in otehr parts of Australia and give Cairns musicains the opportunity to perform a full symphony. The goal is to:

  • Work together as a full orchestra of local players
  • Give students an opportunity to perform in a symphony orchestra
  • Refresh the playing skills of adults
  • perform to family and friends
  • With a view to possibly enjoying the experience so much that we want to repeat it in the future!

To register your interest please contact Sue Stitt as soon as possible or phone 0407 639 141

Final date for adult registration is February 14, 2019.  Teachers: please suggest students you would like to invite to take part in the CSD.  They will be formally invited after February 14 2019.





North Qld Celebration of Strings

Celebration of Strings 2018

5 Exciting Orchestras!

Workshops Friday 19 October – Sunday 21 October

culminating in a Concert on Sunday 21 October 3:00 pm 

Open to String Students up to Year 8 at School

Registration: Bookings close on Friday 21st September

For further information contact: Stephen Frewen-Lord –


july 2019

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Past Events

february 2019

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october 2018

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