AUSTA News 2019

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March 24th, 2019 by WA Chapter

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March 17th, 2019 by Jennifer Eime

TERM 1 ADELAIDE STUDENT STRING ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP Including Adult student group. St Peter’s Girls School, Stonyfell Rd. Stonyfell. Sunday 31 March 2-4.30 Email for music and information

AUSTA SA Adelaide Student String Orchestra Workshop

March 17th, 2019 by Jennifer Eime

Term 1  Adelaide Student String Orchestra Workshopincluding Adult student groupSunday 31st March  2 - 4:30St Peter's Girls School,Stonyfell Rd,StonyfellEmail for music and information

Loreta Fin conference retraction

March 13th, 2019 by Loreta Fin

It has come to my attention that one of the papers I authored and presented at the 2018 AUSTA National String Conference in Perth and included on the AUSTA Website Resources page was flagged as problematic with regards to copyright and permission of some elements of the content. The paper indeed contained images that acknowledge the author Barbara Barber,...

WA Charity Orchestra

February 10th, 2019 by James Charles

Applications for the WA Charity Orchestra’s April 2019-February 2020 season are now open.WACO ensembles give musicians unique opportunities to make a difference in the community and perform quality repertoire at a high standard. WACO strives to create the best music possible as they fulfil their mission, changing lives through music. To ensure the ensembles are of a high standard and...

AUSTA VIC – 40 Years of Newsletters

January 24th, 2019 by VIC Chapter

The first AUSTA VIC Newsletter was published at the end of  1978 and covered AUSTA events of 1979.The very first newsletter included a report on the National Executive meeting held in November 1978, details about a "Play-In" held in February of 1979 (costing $1.00 per session for adults and 50 cents for students) and a list of Summer Schools...

AUSTA VIC – Card Payments

January 24th, 2019 by VIC Chapter

Did you know that AUSTA VIC can now accept card payments at our events?  If payments are accepted at the door, then cash AND card payments can now be processed.

Please note: Events such as the Strings Performers Festival, Paul McDermott Scholarship, VCE Masterclass & String Orchestra Festival require pre-purchase of tickets due to limited numbers.

North Qld Celebration of Strings

September 6th, 2018 by NTH QLD Chapter

Celebration of Strings 2018

5 Exciting Orchestras!

Workshops Friday 19 October - Sunday 21 October

culminating in a Concert on Sunday 21 October 3:00 pm 

Open to String Students up to Year 8 at School

Registration: Bookings close on Friday 21st SeptemberFor further information contact: Stephen Frewen-Lord -

AUSTA Patron Richard Gill Honoured

August 8th, 2018 by Gina De Francesco

AUSTA patron Richard Gill has recently received an Arts Leadership Award.Angus McPherson's article, recently published in Limelight  tells the story.Read the article

Conference Session Notes

August 3rd, 2018 by Gina De Francesco

Notes from the National Conference Sessions are being updated progressively.New today, session notes for the Violin Forums (1.5 & 2.5) and the Set UP For Success Forum (3.4).Go to the Interactive Program to link to the notes.

AUSTA NSW Report May 2018

May 11th, 2018 by NSW Chapter

NSW Report May 2018We have had a quiet start to the year as we have had a change of president and some new committee members so we have had a lot to learn very quickly.We have a busy few months ahead, with our annual String Festival in June and a pedagogy talk by Goetz Richter in May.Some highlights of...


May 10th, 2018 by ACT Chapter

We have had a fairly quiet start to the year with just one event so far. We held a Bowing Workshop with Rosemary Macphail presenting a session called ‘To Bounce or Not to Bounce – That is the Question?’A variety of violinists, both teachers and students and some cellists came and found that 2 hours disappeared very quickly when...

AUSTA Tasmania – upcoming events

May 10th, 2018 by TAS Chapter

AUSTA Tasmania has the following events planned for the coming months.As registrations open, they will be published under events.  Keep the dates free and register early so you don't miss out. String Teachers Forum – Bow strokes and technique. Date/Venue TBC. Fee: FREE EVENT. Info: Join professional teachers and players in discussions of specific bow strokes and how to approach...

Western Australian Youth Strings (WAYS)

March 22nd, 2018 by WA Chapter

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...

WANTED! Young fiddlers! (and cellists too)

February 7th, 2018 by WA Chapter

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...

New book violin for adult learners

February 24th, 2017 by WA Chapter

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...

Australian Honours for Elizabeth Morgan AM

May 12th, 2015 by Brendan Joyce

AUSTA Founding Chair and Patron, Elizabeth Morgan has been recognised in the 2013 Australian Queen’s Birthday Australian Honours List with an AM (Member of the Order of Australia).Most ‘AUSTA-LIANS’ and others in the string community know Elizabeth Morgan as a highly respected trailblazer in the area of string playing and music education in Australia. In a career spanning half...

How to improve String Technique and Musicianship

May 12th, 2015 by Emanuel E. Garcia, MD

(in just twenty minutes a day!)

Music, perhaps more than any other human activity, enlists the synthetic cooperation of intellect, creativity and athleticism. As a physician and psychotherapist who spent nearly a decade working with students of classical music, I was deeply impressed by this inextricable interrelationship between mind and body. Eventually I devised a method of practice designed to...

‘Let It Flow!’

May 11th, 2015 by Justine Marsden

Have you ever played your instrument and become so completely immersed in its sound that it becomes a purely sensory experience? This is essentially what happens when you are ‘practising-in-flow’, a skill developed by German violinist/psychologist Andreas Burzik to help musicians both practise and perform. Recently I spent a day with him in Bremen (Germany) learning this technique.By practising-in-flow...