Whether you’re new to Perth, a beginning string teacher, or you have been around the music scene for a while; we welcome you to AUSTA WA.

Our committee has a diversity of members, from professional musicians to teachers, and we are striving to provide opportunities for all of our members to improve their skills and keep their practices alive. If you’d like to join our great team and have a say in the activities that we provide, please contact us at any time.  We would love to hear from you.

In recent years, AUSTA WA has hosted artists such as Brian Finlayson, Barry Green, Stephen Chin, and Pablo Ferández to great acclaim. We are committed to providing the Western Australian string community with quality professional development and workshop opportunities. In addition, we are working on expanding our reach to the regional and remote areas of our state.  Please save the dates for upcoming concerts, workshops and other events featuring strings.  Click on the event titles for more information:

WA Mini-Conference and AGM!

Sunday September 22 from Noon – 6:30pm 

Separate sessions available, $50 whole afternoon, $30 single session with 25% discount for AUSTA members.  Students $10 per session (and free for AUSTA members with a valid student ID).

AUSTA members may also attend afternoon tea only, free of charge, RSVP appreciated (

Online registration closes: September 21

Door registration available, $5 additional fee per attendee.

Bring your instrument! Bring donations for the string share table (eg unwanted sheet music, CDs)









Coffee and tea, BYO lunch optional.

Networking, door prizes, share table.

Some chamber jam sessions possible – BYO music, find someone or make a date)

Come and meet colleagues from across the country and across the state!

Formal opening by Ruth Klein Cook & brief performance by John Keen, Double bass

1.30 Break out Sessions

Forum sessions for upper strings and cello are presentations and open discussions on how to best set up beginners. If you are new to teaching, need some new ideas or are keen to share your best tips and tricks – then do come along!

James deRozario, upper strings

Elise Chong, cello

James Keene, new Associate Principal Bass of WASO, will present a recital, plus discussion with other leading bass teachers and bass ensemble explorations.

Double Bass Concerto (1948) – Tubin
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 – Bruch
Double Bass Sonata (1949) – Hindemith

3.30 Afternoon tea and AUSTA WA AGM
4.30 Creative aural activities for String Groups and Ensembles, 

Karen Kyriakou

Add valuable tools to you teaching ‘toolbox’ by participating in this inspiring and engaging session that caters for all group teaching needs.

This session follows a holistic and accessible approach to inspire string students of all levels.

Explore aural-based activities that encompass elements of composing, arranging, improvisation, technical work and ensemble skills.

In this session, you’ll explore approaches to:

• Develop students’ aural skills and musical intuition

• Reinforce skills with peer-to-peer learning activities

• Facilitate students’ own class compositions

• Use holistic curriculum approaches for instrumental music activities

• Enable leadership opportunities to develop engaged & informed players

All enquiries to AUSTA WA President Ruth Klein Cook

For current recommended private lesson rates in Western Australia, please refer to WA Music Teachers’ Association.  Minimum rates for 2019 vary from $75 – $85 per hour, dependent on the experience of the teacher.

Please take a moment to browse the activities that we are currently offering, and join us if you find something that interests you.  If you don’t find anything, please let us know what you would like to see! We look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year.

Warm regards,
Ruth Klein Cook
President, AUSTA WA


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Western Australian Youth Strings (WAYS)

WAYS has two vibrant and thriving orchestras for children between Years 3-8. WAYS and Junior WAYS provide an opportunity for children to start their orchestra-playing journey in a friendly, inspiring environment while achieving great musical and personal heights.
Instruments: Violin – Viola – Cello – Double Bass
Musical Directors: Mr Ashley Arbuckle OAM – WAYS;
Ms Sarah Clare – JWAYS (Junior/Emerging)
Check back for the 2019 Prospectus and application forms.  To book a visit during rehearsal to see what we’re about, or just more information, please contact the Secretary at, or visit our Facebook page: WAYS – Western Australian Youth Strings Orchestra

WANTED! Young fiddlers! (and cellists too)

Perth Scottish Fiddlers is looking for our more young players for our 2019 season! This is a great opportunity for younger players to have some fun playing lively and engaging music. Scottish and folk music has inspired many great composers throughout history and is a lively and continuing tradition with many excellent young players and composers.

We meet once a month on the last Sunday of the month to learn new tunes and play existing repertoire and there are 2 sessions of different levels. As new tunes are taught by ear this is fantastic aural and memory training (blitz those aural tests in exams!) but above all the music is fun and a great alternative for students who need a change or addition to more formal playing. Scottish music also uses many different keys, modes and bowing techniques.

More information can be found on our website: or email Margaret on

New book violin for adult learners

Compiled and arranged by Margaret Schlink here at last is an adult-friendly beginner book!

Suitable for the first year of learning it includes a variety of adult-friendly pieces of different genres, clearly laid out pages with logical technical and musical development, and a duet book. Sample pages may be viewed on, as well as information about classes.

Margaret Schlink is a violin/viola teacher with a special interest in teaching adults. She teaches individual lessons (to all ages), holds group classes for adults and is the founder/director of Perth Scottish Fiddlers.

The book costs $35 plus P&P and is available by emailing


september 2019

22sep12:00 PM6:00 PMMini-Conference and AGM

october 2019

05octAll DayDalcroze Professional Development Workshops

Past Events

july 2019

14jul9:44 PM9:44 PMPerth Dalcroze Workshop

june 2019

28jun6:30 PMViola Fest with Katie Yap (Day 2)

27jun4:30 PM7:00 PMViola Fest with Katie Yap (Day 1)

16junAll DayAUSTA WA String Festival 2019

april 2019

06aprAll DayDalcroze Professional Development Workshops

march 2019

02mar2:00 PM4:30 PMACMP and AUSTA WA Worldwide Chamber Music Play-In

november 2018

04nov5:00 PM7:00 PMWA AGMAnnual General Meeting

01nov3:30 PMInaugural AUSTA WA Geraldton Festival

october 2018

22oct7:00 PMChris Norman & David Greenberg Workshop (Albany)

21oct4:00 PMChris Norman & David Greenberg in Concert (Albany)Baroque, Traditional and Original music for flutes, violins, pipes and voice

21oct11:30 AM1:00 PMWorkshops for string players with Rupert GuentherMusic Improvisation: Learn how to create your own composition

21oct9:30 AM11:00 AMWorkshops for string players with Rupert GuentherHealing Stagefright: Healing the fear of performing in public

20oct7:30 PMChris Norman & David Greenberg in Concert (Perth)Baroque, Traditional and Original music for flutes, violins, pipes and voice

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