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A complete list of events for strings can be seen on our calendar. Regular AUSTA events include festivals in Perth and Albany, masterclasses, socials, forums, and online presentations and forums, with big discounts for our members. We are also support activities and prizes in association with WAYACHAMP, the Darlington String Quartet, Eisteddfods, Festivals and AMEB.

AUSTA FESTIVAL 2023 June 11 Trinity College East Perth – yes, everyone gets a report, certificate and medal! REGISTRATIONS OPEN UNTIL MAY 14.


We look forward to welcoming teachers and students of all levels. One piece only is to be performed for each ticket purchased. Beginner medleys may be approved on application. Chamber groups of up to 4 players are also welcome, and each student must play an individual part. If a work has a piano part, play it with your own accompanist or use the accompanist provided by AUSTA. AUSTA covers the performance fees for Festival accompanists. Rehearsals if needed are to be arranged by you once you are allocated an accompanist when scheduling has been finalised, some days after close of registration. Please let us know if you have a Preferred Festival Accompanist, (as well as geographic considerations, see below for the Adjudicator allocations). You may also bring your own accompanist, or perform a work which is a solo work only (ie no written accompaniment). For the second year in a row, we also offer an Adults performance session for those aged mid teens and beyond – if this is your preference, please let us know in Special Requests as you make your booking. Bring your spare change, as there will also be a sale of second-hand sheet music and music books, donations welcome. A discount code has been sent to current AUSTA members, for their use and for use by their students. Registrations close May 14.

Festival Adjudicators: Joanna Drimatis (all day); Daniel Schmitt (morning only); Joan Wright (afternoon only). 


Katherine Stanton (south of river – contact via SMS 0401 138 876)

Katherine will be accompanying students playing for Daniel Schmitt and Joan Wright.

Stephanie Nicholls (north of river – contact via email OR Book AUSTA Rehearsals with Stephanie Nicholls online here

Stephanie will be accompanying students playing for Joanna Drimatis. BOOKINGS OPEN:

Keep up to date with AUSTA WA on Facebook

Join AUSTA WA on Facebook for AUSTA posts, and join the AUSTA WA Facebook Group for sharing all your news, instruments for sale, concerts coming up, auditions, opportunities.

AUSTA WA is a member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture, Western Australia

The Chamber is a place of research and resources for the arts and arts-related activities in WA, and has made a submission to the forthcoming National Cultural Policy.  Did you know that in 2020/2021, Western Australia received 7 percent of Australia Council funding for the arts, less funding per capita than elsewhere? The submission can be read here:

WA-based string businesses

Please use this list to support our local string businesses with varying services from renting to buying to repairing. This list is not in any particular order or an endorsement of the business by AUSTA WA, it is supplied purely to help students, parents and teachers. If you would like your local WA-based business listed here, please contact us.

REPAIRS and MAINTENANCE: West Violins, Andre Ozturk, Andrew Tait (cello and double bass)

BUY: Crescendo Music, Andre Ozturk, Tempest Music, WA Music Innaloo, West Violins, Zenith Music

RENT: Tempest Music (rent to buy), Twinkles Violin Rental, WA Music Innaloo.

Recommended Minimum Teaching Rate 

The WAMTA (the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association) minimum recommended hourly rate for individual lessons by private professional studio teachers is $100 an hour.

AUSTA WA Committee

Many thanks to Kate Telchadder, John Keene, Anna Person, Laura Carr, Rupert Guenther and Stephanie Jefferies for commitments to AUSTA events earlier this year – ASME Summer School, AUSTA in Bunbury, the AUSTA Double Bass Festival and masterclasses with Professor Brian Finlayson, organised by Louise Sandercock.We have a welcoming committee of professionals and students who are motivated to create more opportunities for strings in WA.  Thinking about joining us? please contact WA President Helen Tuckey

Best wishes,
Helen Tuckey, President AUSTA WA.


AUSTA WA Facebook Group

In addition to the AUSTA WA Facebook page, (which is largely for AUSTA events, member news and opportunities posted by AUSTA Social Media managers) we have started a page AUSTA WA Group which is for members of the group and others to post freely in regard to anything of interest to the string community.  All responsibility lies with those who post and is not the responsibility of AUSTA WA.

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