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 Sophie Till, Aaron Minsky, Vivien Mackie, Cathleen Jeffcoat and Stephen Chin 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 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,
Nicole Strohfeldt
President, AUSTA WA


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

New Teachers Mentor Program

Welcome to a new, exciting year. AUSTA WA would like to do more to help string teachers this year by introducing a mentor program for new teachers. We know that being a beginning teacher can feel very isolating, and it is hard to know where to get the answers you need. However, we have a wealth of experience and wisdom amongst our AUSTA members. If you are an experienced teacher willing to share your knowledge, you could help make a young teacher’s journey just that bit easier.

The New Teacher Mentor Program will involve pairing up experienced string teachers with less experienced teachers to help and guide them throughout the year. We will endeavour to pair you up according to your particular area of interest, whether it be peripatetic teaching in schools, classroom music, private studio teaching etc.

We will have an initial meet-and-greet with all participants on Sunday 12th March, where mentors and mentees can get to know each other and exchange details. From then on, all contact will be up to you. You may decide to arrange regular meeting times throughout the year, or simply keep in contact for whenever advice is needed.

You may be a student, new graduate, or have been teaching for 10 or 50 years. If you feel you have something still to learn or experience to share, I encourage you to take part in this exciting new program.

If you are interested in taking part in the Mentor Program, either as a mentor or mentee, please email by Friday 3rd March with the following details:

1)         Name:
2)         Contact number:
3)         Email:
4)         Instrument(s) taught:
5)         Would you prefer to be a mentee or mentor? (Or both!)
a)         If mentee, what areas would you like advice in?
b)         If mentor, what are your areas of expertise?

Kind regards,

Verity Brockman

AUSTA WA Committee
New Teachers Mentor Program Coordinator


january 2018

5jan - 7All DayViolin and viola: Tricks in the Trade for Starting Beginners(A String Pedagogy Enrichment Course)

9jan - 16All DayDalcroze Summer School

22jan - 24All DayDianella Suzuki Violin School Annual Summer School for Teachers

Past Events

october 2017

22oct6:00 PMAUSTA WA Annual General Meeting

6oct - 8All DayBelgian Violin Master Teacher

september 2017

17sep3:00 PM- 4:00 AMDiscover Orchestra

august 2017

26aug2:00 PM- 4:00 PMAce Your WACE

24aug - 31All DaySouthern Regional String ProjectWith Professor Brian Finlayson, Head of Strings State Conservatorium of Carinthia, Klagenfurt Austria

23aug7:00 PM- 9:00 PMKaren Gomyo Masterclass

20aug3:00 PM- 5:00 PMFritz Kreisler Recital

13aug9:30 AM- 12:30 PMCello Extravaganza!

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july 2017

31jul4:00 PM- 6:00 PMMasterclass with Laurence Jackson (WASO Concertmaster)

30jul5:00 PMBass Masterclass Cancelled

26jul7:00 PMTraditional Irish BandThe Robert Zielinski Trio

22jul - 23All DayEmily Leung plays Bruch Violin ConcertoFremantle Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christopher van Tuinen

15jul7:30 AMShamrock & Thistle Concert

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june 2017

25jun4:00 AMSartory String Quartet

11jun7:30 PMThe Pacifica Quartet

11junAll DayAUSTA WA String Festival 2017

may 2017

23may10:00 AM- 11:00 AMAustralian String Quartet (ASQ) Open Masterclass

19may - 21All DayAlexandre Da Costa plays Beethoven

april 2017

23apr3:00 PM- 5:00 PMFremantle Chamber Orchestra

22apr3:00 PM- 5:00 PMFremantle Chamber Orchestra

4apr10:00 AM- 11:00 AMMusic Box Morning Classics

march 2017

29mar6:00 PM- 8:00 PMLecture/Demonstration: Why and How we Make music

28mar6:00 PM- 8:00 PMResearch Seminar on “The Inner Game of Music"

26mar2:00 PM- 5:00 PMBass Day with Barry GreenFor double bass players of all ages and abilities.

25mar - 26All DayMagellan Concert No. 1

20mar7:00 PM- 9:00 PMViola Recital

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