AUSTAVic is the Victorian chapter of the Australian Strings Association.

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

Among the 6-8 events that are run throughout the year, regular get-togethers 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.


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march 2018

26mar12:30 PM- 5:00 PMVCASS Double Bass Day

april 2018

14apr7:00 PM- 10:00 PMMusic Viva - Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

29apr2:00 PM- 5:00 PMBeginner Violin - The Early Stages

may 2018

5may - 6may 51:15 PMmay 6Mildura String Orchestra Festival

20may1:00 PM- 4:30 PMMelbourne String Orchestra Festival

june 2018

24jun9:00 AM- 1:00 PMThe Paul McDermott Violin Scholarship 2018For violinists under 15 years

24jun9:00 AM- 2:00 PM2018 String Performers Festival

july 2018

7jul - 10All DayAUSTA National Conference 2018

august 2018

26aug2:00 PM- 5:00 PMVCE String Masterclass 2018

Past Events

february 2018

11feb1:00 PM- 4:30 PMAUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGMAUSTA VIC Reading Day & AGM

november 2017

14nov7:30 PM- 9:30 PMThe Harmonic Series - Presented by Pedro de Alcantara

2nov6:00 PMAll The Best Tricks - A Forum For Young TeachersNew Teachers Forum

1nov7:30 PMSelby and Friends

september 2017

17sep3:00 PM- 4:30 PMLive Online Training for AUSTA MEMBERS ONLY - SESSION 2

9sep7:00 PM- 10:00 AMHaydn, Mozart & Friends with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

4sep6:30 PM- 8:30 PMBrian Finlayson - Bow strokes!

28aug - 3sepAll DayMirmir Chamber Music Festival - Melbourne 2017Chamber Music Festival

august 2017

28aug - 3sepAll DayMirmir Chamber Music Festival - Melbourne 2017Chamber Music Festival

27aug1:00 AM- 1:00 AMVCE String Masterclass

20aug3:00 PM- 4:30 PMLive Online Training for AUSTA MEMBERS ONLY.

5aug7:00 PM- 10:00 PMDmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

july 2017

16jul2:30 PM- 5:30 PMEncore Music - launch of new publications

16jul2:00 PM- 5:00 PMViola Cafe

june 2017

25jun9:00 AM- 2:00 PMString Performers Festival

25jun9:00 AM- 12:00 PMPaul McDermott Violin Scholarship 2017

18jun1:00 AM- 1:00 AMWarrnambool Strings Festival

4jun1:00 AM- 1:00 AMGippsland Strings Festival - CANCELLED

may 2017

21may12:15 PM- 4:00 PMString Orchestra Festival

april 2017

30apr1:00 PM- 4:00 PMPrinciples of Teaching and Learning for String Players