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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.

Traditional Asian Melodies and String Teaching May 14-23

AUSTA ENCORE event – A recording of 90 minute online Zoom presentation on composition and Asian influences, with composer, Chenwei Wang, performer Gabriel Lee and musicologist, violist Andrew Filmer. An inspiring glimpse into Asian composition, opening up possibilities of improvisation for strings and using fabulous footage of performances from the Singapore International Violin Competition. Watch this fascinating presentation, receive interesting PDFs  Bookings open until May 12, viewing is May 14 – 23. Book here:

May 15

1pm AWST time “Healing Stage Fright” – an AUSTA WA Zoom presentation by Rupert Guenther.

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PD Certificates will be made available.

Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this session will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.
Open to all levels and all instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc.

Rupert Guenther has taught his approaches to healing stage-fright in hundreds of workshops and masterclasses for students of all ages in universities, schools and holiday music camps throughout Australia, the UK, Italy, and Austria for over 15 years, including masterclasses at Vienna University for The Performing Arts (Austria), the St Paul Summer Academy (Austria), and Vorarlberg State Conservatorium (Austria). He has presented at The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) international conferences, AUSTA National Conference, The Reflective Conservatoire (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), as well as private sessions for some of the world’s top soloists, chamber ensembles, and key players from opera and symphony orchestras in Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical violin with Brian Finlayson at The Victorian College of The Arts, 3 years of studies in Vienna (Austria) with the renowned Professor Helfried Fister, and Masterclasses with Professor Igor Ozim throughout Australia and Europe. He has toured and given recitals and live radio broadcasts worldwide for over 20 years, and has released over 28 CDs since 2003 including five CDs commissioned and recorded for Radio ABC Classic FM in Australia. His concerts and recitals include Melbourne International Festival (Australia), The Guildhall Festival (London), London Docklands Museum (UK), Tate Britain London (UK) and further recitals in Italy and Austria.

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Accelerate! UWA elite string training program for students in Year 10-12 in August, free, entry by audition.

Applications close Monday June 13, live auditions Tuesday June 21, sessions Fridays in August, 4.30-6.30 Contact for more information.

AUSTA Festival 2022 Postponed – possibly late 2022 TBC.

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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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may 2022

14may(may 14)12:00 AM23(may 23)12:00 AM Virtual EventENCORE: AUSTA WA: Traditional Asian melodies

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Past Events

june 2021


august 2021

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

september 2021

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

october 2021

23oct10:50 AM10:50 AMAlbany Austa String FestivalAn adjudicated non-competitive performance opportunity for string players of all ages and abilities.

november 2021

27nov(nov 27)1:00 PM06dec(dec 6)2:30 PMMoved OnlineVirtual EventENCORE: The Double Bass – History and historic Performance Practise

07nov1:00 PM2:30 PMMoved OnlineVirtual EventThe Double Bass – History and historic Performance Practise

december 2021

27nov(nov 27)1:00 PM06dec(dec 6)2:30 PMMoved OnlineVirtual EventENCORE: The Double Bass – History and historic Performance Practise

february 2022

19feb1:00 PM5:00 PMABODA Greg McMurdo Memorial Conducting Clinic 2022

11feb7:00 AM6:00 PMVirtual EventAustralian National Violin Conference & Dorcas McClean Scholarship

april 2022

10apr1:00 PM2:30 PMVirtual EventTraditional Asian melodies