AUSTA Q is a very active chapter which has enjoyed much support from our members over the years.

Our regular events include:
• AUSTA Q Reading Day and AGM (early February each year) – a read through of new repertoire for school string ensembles, including a significant contribution from local composers.
• AUSTA Q Strings Festival (early August each year) – where students perform to a small but encouraging audience with an accompanist provided, and each receives a trophy and report from one of our many AUSTA volunteers.

In addition to this we usually run 1-2 workshops per term for our members on a range of string related topics with local and overseas presenters. Recent overseas guests include Aaron Minsky, Mimi Zweig and Mark Wood. In 2015 Brisbane also hosted the AUSTA National Conference.

We are also keen to support events happening around our big state in whatever way we can. We have assisted Bundaberg for several years in putting on a Strings Festival, and have provided music for a number of centres to host their own reading days. Please let us know if you have any requests.

We welcome your suggestions and hope to see you at some of our events, or even helping out as a volunteer.


Regional Members


Please email the Townsville Regional Representative, Stephen Frewen-Lord for more information about activities in 2019.

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


Calling all musicians and high school students to register their interest to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in the inaugural Cairns Symphony in a Day.

This exciting initiative sees high school students join with experienced musicians under the baton of New Zealand conductor Owen Clarke to rehearse and perform this iconic work.

This one day event occurs on Sunday the 21st July.
Places are limited!
Register your interest today:


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 –


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Past Events

september 2019

21sep(sep 21)9:00 AM22(sep 22)5:00 PMAUSTA Q Mini Conference

july 2019

27jul(jul 27)9:00 AM28(jul 28)3:00 PMFeaturedAUSTA Q Concerto Championship and String Festival

21jul8:30 AM6:00 PMCairns Symphony in a Day

april 2019

06apr(apr 6)9:00 AM07(apr 7)5:00 PMAUSTA Q's Annual Professional Weekend

february 2019

10feb9:00 AM1:00 PMAUSTA Q Reading Day and AGM