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, Pablo Ferández 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.

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


AUSTA WA Calendar

To subscribe to the electronic calendar of string events in WA visit this link.


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


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Past Events

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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september 2018

08sepAll Day09Dalcroze Professional Development Workshops

03sepAll Day09WAMTA 2018 Recital and Concerto Competition

august 2018

18aug1:30 PM4:00 PMFree Baroque Masterclass

july 2018

11julAll DayCello Big Day Out

07julAll DayViolin and Viola Masterclasses with Brian Finlayson

06jul7:30 PM9:30 PMPerth Viol Consortpresents a free concert

01jul8:00 AM06(jul 6)5:00 PMAustralian Kodály Certificate Course

june 2018

17jun3:30 PM5:30 PMWest Australian String Quartet plays Beethoven, Haydn & Dvorak

03junAll DayAUSTA WA String Festival 2018

april 2018

21apr10:00 AM12:00 PMMasterclass with Cellist from Giocoso String Quartet

20aprAll DayAUSTA WA String Festival Early Bird entries close

14aprAll Day15Fremantle Chamber Orchestra

february 2018

24feb8:00 PMConcert: The Scots Meet the IrishA night of Celtic Music

04febAll Day05Fremantle Chamber OrchestraViolinists Rudolf Koelman, Rebecca Glorie, Lucas O’Brien  

january 2018

27jan1:30 PM4:30 PMWAYAJam

22janAll Day24Dianella Suzuki Violin School Annual Summer School for Teachers

22janAll Day23Music Improvisation for Teens

09janAll Day16Dalcroze Summer School

05jan7:30 PM10:00 PMMartin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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