January 2020 Report

2019 ended on a very sad note for all AUSTA with the loss of Patron John Curro AM MBE.  We remember him, his legacy and tremendous contribution to String playing and teaching in this country and abroad.  We send our condolences and well wishes to wife Carmel and children Monica, Sarah, Dan, Johnny and Dave.

2020 will see a new Qld president and committee welcomed at our AGM and Reading Day 9 February.  We will welcome long time member and AUSTA State Award (Qld) recipient Melissa Dineen to the helm.  Melissa is the current Qld Secretary.

Qld has a busy year ahead with the usual events plus a couple of special, one-off weekends.

We begin with the Reading Day and AGM in February, moving to the Mini-Conference in April, Barry Green in May, ASQ in July, AUSTA-Q Strings Festival in August, Professional Weekend in September and International Reading Day in October.

Our big push this year will be to include FNQ in our events and to support them where we can.

We are thrilled to be offering our members one-off events like the national tour by Barry Green.  Thanks to AUSTA (national) for facilitating this exciting visit.

AUSTA-Q is collaborating with the Australian String Quartet in early July, offering students a weekend of Chamber Music playing and performing.  Numbers will be limited.  The event will have supervised rehearsals and culminate in a concert.  This is the first time we have offered an event like this over a weekend.

We continue to be committed to keeping our events reasonably priced, therefore encouraging greater attendance.

We are all looking very excited to 2020.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you (esp Gina and Karen) for your support over my tenure as Qld President.  I have very much enjoyed your friendship and working with you.  I would like to wish James deRozario all the best as National President.

All the best for 2020!


Theo Kotzas




North Qld Celebration of Strings

Celebration of Strings 2018

5 Exciting Orchestras!

Workshops Friday 19


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Past Events

july 2020

24jul9:00 AM9:01 AMAUSTA Q Strings Festival Online!

february 2020

09feb9:00 AM1:00 PMFeaturedAUSTA Q Reading Day and AGM 2020

september 2019

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