Welcome to AUSTA WA!

Our 2020 plans include our annual AUSTA String Festival on June 14 2020, a visit by Barry Green (probably May 23 and 24 2020), events in collaboration with the tertiary music sector and AMEB WA and an exciting visit from a major national pedagog towards the end of the year – to be confirmed. Please consider activities small or large that you would like to see AUSTA involved with in the future, and email your suggestions through or speak with us.

Check our fabulous information service for the WA string community – the AUSTA WA online diary and subscriber e-Calendar (how-to details below). A huge thank you to James Charles for his work on this for many years. Please forward details of string events and opportunities to James in the link below. Follow AUSTA WA on Facebook also for more news and updates.Our diverse volunteer committee includes professional musicians, school and studio teachers and tertiary music students. We strive to provide opportunities for all of our members to network, improve their skills and keep their practices alive. If you’d like to suggest activities, offer opportunities, or join us, please contact us – we would love to hear from you.

AUSTA WA has recently hosted teaching artists such as Brian Finlayson, Thomas Gregory, Stephen Chin, Katie Yap, James deRozario and Karen Kyriakou to great acclaim. Past workshops have featured legendary pedagogues such as Sheila Nelson, Mary Cohen, Geza and Csaba Szilvay, Barry Green, Paul Rolland and Alexander Technique practitioners. We have held master classes in conjunction with the University sector and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra with many outstanding international artists including Pablo Ferrández, Vadim Gluzman, Leonidas Kavakos, Nobuko Imai, Tasmin Little and Yuri Bashmet. We are committed to providing the Western Australian string community with quality professional development and workshop opportunities.

Congratulations to Helen Grandage, WASO and the Albany string community on the Albany AUSTA String Festival Saturday November 2, held in conjunction with the 2019 WASO Regional Tour Education Events. A particular thanks too to John Keene, Semra Lee-Smith, Andie Mendham and Louise Sandercock for your work in adjudication and master classes. This project was supported by the Government of Western Australia’s Creative Regions program.

For what’s on outside the Perth metropolitan area, contact our regional representatives in Albany, Geraldton and the South West for events or simply to connect with the regional string community. If you live and work in a regional centre, please contact AUSTA WA to find out more about becoming a regional representative.

Warm regards,
Helen Tuckey
President, AUSTA WA


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

  1. Tap Settings→Passwords and Accounts
  2. Tap Add Account (near the bottom)
  3. Tap Other (near the bottom)
  4. Tap Add Subscribed Calendar (near the bottom)
  5. Type or paste:
  6. Tap Next. …
  7. The calendar appears on the calendar list in the Calendar app.

You can show or hide it in the Calendar app. Click “Calendars” and select the calendars you want visible.

To subscribe from iCal on your Mac computer

  1. In Calendar choose File→New Calendar Subscription
  2. Type or paste:

AUSTA WA Calendar

View the calendar of string events in WA


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

october 2019

11oct9:54 AM9:54 AM

05octAll DayDalcroze Professional Development Workshops

september 2019

22sep12:00 PM6:00 PMMini-Conference and AGM

july 2019

14jul9:44 PM9:44 PMPerth Dalcroze Workshop

june 2019

28jun6:30 PMViola Fest with Katie Yap (Day 2)

27jun4:30 PM7:00 PMViola Fest with Katie Yap (Day 1)

16junAll DayAUSTA WA String Festival 2019

april 2019

06aprAll DayDalcroze Professional Development Workshops

march 2019

02mar2:00 PM4:30 PMACMP and AUSTA WA Worldwide Chamber Music Play-In

november 2018

04nov5:00 PM7:00 PMWA AGMAnnual General Meeting

01nov3:30 PMInaugural AUSTA WA Geraldton Festival