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The Double Bass – History and historic Performance Practise

Anna Person, our bass player on the AUSTA WA Committee, is pleased to be planning a Zoom session with Robert Nairn at 1pm (WST) on Sunday November 7. If you are not yet an AUSTA member, please register your interest here to be updated with details


Rob Nairn was appointed ‘Master Musician in Residence’ at the Elder Conservatorium in 2020, having worked as Head of the Early Music Department at Melbourne University from 2017-2020. Previously he also taught on the faculty of the Juilliard School for 11 years and Penn State University for 18 years where he was a Distinguished Professor. Performance credits include London and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras; the Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the English, Scottish and Australian Chamber Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, the Halle Orchestra London Mozart Players, the Australia Ensemble, The Australian World Orchestra and the Australian String Quartet. A specialist in historical performance, he is currently principal bass with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra having worked with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Juilliard Baroque, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Concerto Caledonia, Ironwood, Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble, Rebel, Florilegium, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, the Muffat Collective and Adelaide Baroque. Rob can be heard on over 60 commercial releases for Deutsche Grammaphon, Sony Classical , EMI, Naxos, Tall Poppies, RCA and ABC Classics and a new solo CD on the U.S. Ablaze label is due for release in late 2021. He has commissioned and premiered more than forty new works for solo double bass and chamber groups including concerti by Barry Conyngham and Doug Balliett.Awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University, DAAD German Government Scholarships, Faculty Scholar Medal from Penn State and a Recognition Award for Historical Performance from the International Society of Bassists. He has performed recitals and given masterclasses in Europe, Scandinavia, China, the U.S. and Australia. 


The Albany AUSTA String Festival 2021 will take place at the Wesley Church on October 23, more details and registration here:

Please contact the AUSTA Albany representative Helen Grandage for detail of all activities in strings in Albany through the email link on the Committee page.


We are looking for a regional representative for the South West. This is a position which could benefit you and your community. We have already some wonderful regional representatives in Geraldton and Albany! Contact us for details.

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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. 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 Rates 

The 2021 hourly minimum rate for private studio teacher individual lessons by WAMTA (the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association) is $90 for professionals, and $65 for students who teach.

AUSTA WA Committee

We have a the largest-ever welcoming committee of professionals and students this year.  Thinking about joining us? please contact WA President Helen Tuckey

Best wishes,
Helen Tuckey, President AUSTA WA.


AUSTA WA Facebook Group

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september 2021

23sep(sep 23)9:44 AM26(sep 26)9:44 AMMoved OnlineMusic Moves UsAustralian National Band & Orchestra

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Past Events

september 2020

13sep9:00 AM12:00 AMABODA WA Read-Through Day

january 2021

18jan(jan 18)8:15 AM19(jan 19)4:00 PMASME Summer School 2021

february 2021

28feb1:00 PM2:30 PMEnsemble Successonline presentation by Jade Martin, String Specialist

21feb9:00 AM12:30 PM2021 Greg McMurdo Memorial Conducting Clinic - Strings session

march 2021

21mar12:00 PMVibrato Workshop with Jeremy Woolstenhulme - Proudly presented by AUSTA and Kjos Australia

june 2021


august 2021

14augAll Day23Dr. Robin Wilson – Fundamentals of Bowing: Resonance and MovementPresented by AUSTA WA