AUSTA 2024

The year has begun with a strong AUSTA presence at a meeting of MEPAC (a coalition of WA music organisations) and the ASME Summer School Jan 15-16  with our new WA President Rupert Guenther, Stephanie Fraser (Jefferies), Jade Martin and Joanna Drimatis from the Australian Music Centre. Later, there will be several national Zoom presentations by local WA musicians, the AUSTA Festival and a visit from the legendary Barry Green, Patron of AUSTA.

Our first AUSTA event for 2024, Celebrating String Ensemble Music by WA Composers, was a great success. Many thanks to all involved, especially Kierstan Arkleysmith.


AUSTA WA Zoom Presentation: Ensemble Success with Jade Martin – Part 2

Sunday 25 February 2024 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Perth time)

Explore key elements that contribute to the successful running of a string ensemble, with something for every ensemble director – how to motivate students, plan for effective rehearsals, encourage good aural and music reading skills and tricks to keep things moving! Jade is excited to share this jam-packed presentation with other passionate string teachers and encourage us to create an exciting year of ‘Ensemble Success’!

Bookings at:

AUSTA WA Committee 2024

We have a welcoming committee of professionals and students who are motivated to create more opportunities for strings in WA.  If you would like to join us, please contact Rupert Guenther

View the calendar of string events in WA

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 Perth Summer Orchestra Camp, the Darlington String Quartet, Eisteddfods, Festivals and AMEB.

AUSTA WA Social Media 

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: by appointment: West Violins 9364 5390‬ 56 Selway Rd Brentwood, Andre Ozturk 9388 1822 17/145 Stirling Hwy Nedlands, Andrew Tait ‭0414 493 208‬ Bayswater (cello and double bass)

BUY: Crescendo Music 1300 000 383 Myaree, Andre Ozturk 9388 1822 17/145 Stirling Hwy Nedlands, Tempest Music ‭9450 3539‬ Como, WA Music ‭9244 9559‬ Innaloo, West Violins, Zenith Music ‭9383 1422‬ Claremont

RENT: Tempest Music (rent to buy), Twinkles Violin Rental ‭9248 2460‬ Noranda, WA Music 9244 9559‬ 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 $110 an hour.



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.

See the AUSTA WA Calendar on your iPad or iPhone Calendar app

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In the iPhone Calendar app:

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AUSTA WA Calendar

View the calendar of string events in WA



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Past Events

april 2023

02apr9:00 AM4:00 PMWA: Brian Finlayson Masterclasses for Violin & Viola

june 2023

11junAll DayWA: AUSTA Festival 2023

august 2023

27aug2:00 PM5:00 PMAUSTA WA ONLINE: Technology for Musicianship and Creativity

february 2024

25feb1:00 PM2:30 PMONLINE: AUSTA WA: Ensemble Success with Jade Martin – Part 2Online via Zoom