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We run a variety of events throughout the year. These include performing festivals in Perth and Albany, masterclasses, socials, forums, and online presentations and forums. We are also support activities in association with WAYACHAMP, the Darlington String Quartet, prizes at Eisteddfods, Festivals and AMEB Awards.

AUSTA Festival AUGUST 28 2022 Trinity College East Perth. Applications are now closed.

This annual event is for every level of student and player, and is a warm and encouraging place to receive performance experience and expert feedback about a performance of one solo, duet, trio or quartet movement from a professional adjudicator, without the pressure of competition.

As well as being an event to provide a reward and focus for those gorgeous absolute beginners and those in early years of playing (everyone receives a medal and a certificate!), August 28 is strategically just before ATAR exams, WAMTA Recital and Concerto Competition and North of Perth Music Festival, so would be a great place for a “practice” run for competitive events and exams for more advanced students. As President of AUSTA WA, I am this year’s Festival Coordinator, with great support from a team on the AUSTA WA committee.

Please contact if you have questions or would like to volunteer at any time on the day. Thank you to all on the committee who have contributed to the preparations. Please help spread the word via email and social media, see you all in August!

Adjudicators: Melinda Forsythe, Semra Lee, Riley Skevington and Jeanette Teh.

Accompanists: Stephanie Nicholls, Vincent Colagiuri.

AUSTA covers accompanist fees for Festival performance. Rehearsals (if needed – ask your teacher for advice) are to be arranged between you and your accompanist as soon as possible, once you are informed about who your accompanist will be. This will be an email sent to you between August 2 and August 8. You may also start rehearsals and request to be scheduled with a particular accompanist in your application.

Stephanie Nicholls (Carine) – Stephanie has created a link to a View Only AUSTA Rehearsals calendar where parents can view all available 20-minute rehearsals, which are $40. To book, please contact Stephanie  ‭ 0419 865 595‬. Once the booking is made, the child’s name and details will not be displayed.

Vincent Colagiuri (Leederville)    ‭0403 073 873‬ Vincent charges $45 per minimum of half hour, contact him directly to book.

Festival FAQ and update:

Q: Do audience members pay an entrance fee? A: No, entrance is free for audience to each session.

Q: Do I need an accompanist? A: If your work has an accompaniment part, then it’s a good idea to perform it with the accompaniment. This could be the Festival accompanist, your teacher or a family member, and on piano or another instrument. The Festival accompanist is engaged to perform by AUSTA on the day of the Festival. If you are playing more complex works, once you know the time and accompanist for your room, please contact them asap to book a rehearsal at your expense.

Q: Is the AUSTA Festival also for adult amateur players? A: This year, due to several enquiries, a late afternoon session for adult string players will be included for those who would like an adult-focussed session. Just mention “adult” in the Special Requests.

Q: I want to play a duet with my teacher or parent. How do I apply? A: Unless the teacher or parent would like to be adjudicated, please register for a Solo, and don’t request a Festival piano accompanist.

Q: Is a backing track appropriate for accompaniment?  A: The Festival is about the experience of live performance, and so we do not allow backing tracks.

Q: What is a duo, trio, quartet? A: a chamber work with a separate, independent musical line, not two, three or four players playing in unison.

Q: Is it permissible to record a performance? A: If the performer is a family member or friend, please do so, but do not record other performers unless you have the consent of them and their parents.

Keep up to date with AUSTA WA on Facebook

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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.

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 Rates 

The 2022 hourly minimum recommended rate for private studio teacher individual lessons by WAMTA (the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association) is $95 an hour for professional teachers, and $75 an hour for students who teach.

AUSTA WA Committee

We have a the largest-ever welcoming committee of professionals and students.  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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