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 – AGM Report – November 2020

2020 has been a year like no other in living memory. The Victorian chapter of AUSTA was able to start the year in typical fashion with our Reading Day of new String music in early February. By a month later, we were (like the rest of the country) having to quickly rethink what events we could offer in the midst of a pandemic.

In late April, we were able have a well-attended event online with local conductor/music educator Ingrid Martin on how we could still rehearse ensembles while we in the first phase of lockdown. We had hoped to return to live events but Victoria’s pandemic situation took a turn for the worse a couple of months later and we had to revise our plans again to see what was possible for the second half of the year.

Mid-August saw an encore presentation with Ingrid Martin on how we can rehearse ensembles with the restrictions that the state was living under at the time. We then held concurrent forums for both upper strings and cellos on September 1 with different presenters dealing with specific technical elements. Both forums had good attendance and were much appreciated by all observers.

AUSTA VIC ended the year with an online get-together in late November to give teachers and string players an opportunity to debrief and discuss this past year. My thanks go to the rest of the National Executive committee for opening local events to become Nationwide online events to help everyone feel connected. I would also like to thank the Victorian State committee for their support and collective wisdom during these difficult times.

Hamish Paterson

AUSTA VIC President


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.


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June 2024

16jun9:00 am2:00 pmAUSTA VIC - 2024 String Performers Festival

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Past Events

June 2023

18jun9:00 am1:00 pmVIC: The Paul McDermott Violin Scholarship 2023For violinists under 15 years

July 2023

30jul9:00 am4:45 pmAUSTA Vic Pedagogy DaySunday 30th July

August 2023

13aug2:00 pm5:00 pmVIC: VCE String Masterclass with Markiyan Melnychenko

September 2023

10sep9:00 am2:00 pmAUSTA Vic: 2023 String Performers Festival

November 2023

27nov6:00 pm9:00 pmAUSTA Vic: End of Year Members' EventA night of celebration for 2023

February 2024

11feb1:00 pm4:30 pmAUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGM 2024AUSTA VIC 2024 Reading Day & AGM

May 2024

10may(may 10)9:30 am11(may 11)3:45 pm2024 String Conductors’ Workshopfeaturing guest clinician Warwick Stengårds