AUSTA VIC is the Victorian chapter of the Australian Strings Association.

We run string related events for teachers, players and students of all levels.

We run a variety of events throughout the year. These include performing festivals, masterclasses, music reading days and forums.

Some of our regular events include:

  • the Reading Day of new string orchestra music in February,
  • the String Orchestra Festival for students in May,
  • the String Performers Festival in June,
  • the Paul McDermott violin scholarship in June and
  • the VCE/IB workshop in Semester Two.

This is just a selection of the range of events we hold for String education within Melbourne and regional Victoria.

AUSTA VIC is also pleased to run events in regional areas and have provided financial support for The Melbourne University Double Bass Day and


January 2020 Report

AUSTA VIC has been very quiet over the Christmas break. We held an end of year dinner last November and it was a good way to bring the committee together to celebrate another year of work.

AUSTA VIC is now sponsoring a string prize at the Geelong Summer Music Camp. This prize covers the cost of attending the camp. This event attracts players from regional areas, including people who commute every day from Bendigo and beyond. There are also some players who are billeted by local Geelong families. The string prize now means that there are prizes representing all instrumental families. The GSMC celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and it was a good time to launch the prize.

This will be my last AUSTA National Report as AUSTA VIC President. We are holding our AGM on 9th February where a new President will be appointed. I would like to thank the tireless work of the Victorian Committee for all their work and support over the last 3 years. I am so pleased that we have such an active, experienced and cohesive team.

The next 3 years of AUSTA VIC will be in the hands of another President, however I know that we will continue to engage with our members with proactive events. We will continue to offer instrumental forums, including one focused at new teachers, on top of our popular regular events. We will continue to engage with our regional members and will try to expand on our offerings.


AUSTA VIC – 40 Years of Newsletters

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AUSTA VIC – Card Payments

Did you know that AUSTA VIC can now accept card payments at our events?


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Past Events

august 2020

16aug2:00 PM5:00 PMEvent CancelledVCE Masterclass

16aug1:30 PM3:00 PMKeep Teaching Ensemble Skills Online? Yes we can!Online event - Zoom link sent upon ticket purchase

may 2020

17may12:15 PM4:00 PMEvent CancelledMelbourne String Orchestra FestivalMelbourne String Orchestra Festival

april 2020

26apr1:00 PM2:30 PMKeep Teaching Ensemble Skills Online? Yes we can!

march 2020

22mar2:00 PM4:00 PMEvent CancelledAustavic String Pedagogy Forum

february 2020

09feb1:00 PM4:30 PMAUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGM 2020AUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGM

november 2019

24nov1:00 PM5:30 PMAUSTA VIC BYO Favourite String Orchestra Music Reading Day

09nov(nov 9)1:00 PM10(nov 10)3:00 PMAUSTA VIC - Shepparton String Extravaganza

october 2019

13oct10:00 AM1:00 PMAUSTA VIC - 2019 Ballarat String Performers Festival