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 the Melbourne based Crashendo! Program.

Victoria celebrates 40 years of AUSTA Vic newsletters. AUSTA members may access past editions. Todo so, please click here.


AUSTA VIC – 40 Years of Newsletters

The first AUSTA VIC Newsletter was published at the end of  1978 and covered AUSTA events of 1979.

The very first newsletter included a report on the National Executive meeting held in November 1978, details about a “Play-In” held in February of 1979 (costing $1.00 per session for adults and 50 cents for students) and a list of Summer Schools being held throughout Australia. There was also news about upcoming visits from violinist Jack Glatzer and cellist Anner Bylsma.

We hope to have old issues of newsletters accessible on the website soon.

AUSTA VIC – Card Payments

Did you know that AUSTA VIC can now accept card payments at our events?  If payments are accepted at the door, then cash AND card payments can now be processed.

Please note: Events such as the Strings Performers Festival, Paul McDermott Scholarship, VCE Masterclass & String Orchestra Festival require pre-purchase of tickets due to limited numbers.


november 2019

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

february 2020

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

Past Events

october 2019

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

august 2019

18aug2:00 PM5:00 PMAUSTA VIC - VCE String Masterclass 2019

july 2019

20jul(jul 20)9:00 AM21(jul 21)4:10 PMAUSTA VIC - Mini Conference 2019

june 2019

23jun9:00 AM2:00 PMAUSTA VIC - 2019 String Performers Festival

23jun9:00 AM1:00 PMAUSTA VIC - The Paul McDermott Violin Scholarship 2019For violinists under 15 years

may 2019

19may12:15 PM4:00 PMAUSTA VIC - Melbourne String Orchestra Festival 2019

march 2019

17mar2:00 PM4:00 PMAUSTA VIC - Strings Together with Karen Kyriakou

03mar2:00 PM5:00 PMAUSTA VIC - Totally Addicted to Bass!!!

february 2019

10feb1:00 PM4:30 PMAUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGM 2019AUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGM

january 2019

13janAll Day19AUSTA VIC - ABODA Vic Present -2019 Summer Conducting School

november 2018

29nov7:30 PM9:30 PMWilma & Friends - Ludwig's Legacy

18nov9:30 AM10:30 PMDouble Bass Day & Competition

11nov2:00 PM5:00 PMAUSTA VIC - Cello Teaching Forum for All LevelsAUSTA VIC - Cello Forum