AUSTA News 2023

2023 AGM

November 1st, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Strings Association Limited (AUSTA) will be held on Thursday November 23 at 8.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday November 23 at 8:00 pm ADT. Members who would like to participate should contact Emily (AUSTA National Administrator)...

ATO Resources for Performing Artists & Teachers

June 29th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

ATO Resources for Performing Artists & Teachers June 2023

It’s almost show time! Tax time is right around the corner. Not sure what deductions to claim as a performing artist? Well, good news, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have shared some helpful tips and resources to give you a hand!

For Performing Artists


SEA Music Academy Online Partnership

May 24th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Southeast Asia Music Academy Online (SEA Music Academy Online). The Academy provides a virtual platform for musicians, music teachers, and music students to upskill and expand their horizons, through a varied selection of music courses and classes delivered...

EBM Insurance & Risk – Partnership News

May 19th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

EBM Insurance & Risk - Partnership News EBM is proud to announce they are a new partner of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). ACMF provides long-term high-quality evidence-based music programs and instruments to disadvantaged children across Australia. EBM looks forward to working...

Advertising Manager Appointment

April 20th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Advertising Manager, Louise King. Louise is a well-known cellist who now resides at the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her Cello Dreaming workshops and her sublime cello playing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her enthusiasm for...

National Advertising Manager – Job Description

February 10th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is conducting a search to find our new Advertising Manager for Stringendo. There is an honorarium attached to the position. The person would need to enjoy talking to potential and current advertisers, be reliable, good with deadlines, and able to organise data in Microsoft Excel. The Advertising Manager's role is to solicit and liaise with current and potential advertisers for...

2023 Advertising Policy

December 5th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Advertising Policy

(as of December 2022)

Download the Advertising Policy HERE  Social Media and advertising are integral to the development and promotion of AUSTA. Advertising opportunities are available in the following categories:
  • Stringendo - click for more information
  • Email advertising (via Mailchimp) to our membership of over 900 string players, teachers and...

AUSTA Patron: Howard Penny

November 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Howard Penny Howard Penny was born in Canberra and after studies with Nelson Cooke moved to Vienna, studying with Tobias Kühne, André Navarra, Boris Pergamenshikov and William Pleeth. Winning the ABC Young Performers Competition, and a finalist in the Prague International Cello competition, concerto performances include Sydney Opera House, Vienna Musikverein and...

AUSTA Patron: Robin Wilson

November 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Robin Wilson Internationally regarded pedagogue, Dr Robin Wilson is Resident Faculty of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Previously, he held appointments as Lecturer in Violin and Pedagogy at the University of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Music, and String Pedagogy Fellow at the University of Queensland....

AUSTA Patron: Patricia Pollett

November 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Patricia Pollett Patricia Pollett is one of Australia’s leading string players. Well known as an advocate of new music for the viola, she has commissioned, performed and recorded numerous solo works by leading Australian composers. She was honoured for this work with an APRA Australian Music Centre Classical Music Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian...

2022 AUSTA WA String Festival Programs

August 25th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

2022 AUSTA WA String Festival Programs

For more information about the AUSTA WA String Festival, visit the AUSTA WA page HERE. Click below to download the programs for the 2022 AUSTA WA String Festival. Beethoven Room Sessions Beethoven 10.15am Beethoven 11.15am Beethoven 12.15pm Beethoven 2pm Beethoven 3pm Beethoven 4pm Mozart...

EBM Insurance Partnership News

July 29th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

EBM Insurance & Risk recently released a podcast with Brooke McLaren, who leads their musical instrument insurance program, where she discusses how to determine the replacement value of your instrument should it be damaged or stolen. Click here to listen...

Andrew Moon

July 6th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Andrew Moon

Starting and Supporting Young Bassists

Session: Setting up new bassists and young bassists with the tools and skills to succeed. Practical tips and insights into some of the most important skills that will help your bassists to participate and flourish with the other strings.
Understanding the differences and...

Helen Tuckey

July 2nd, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Helen Tuckey

Viola Café

Originally from Melbourne, Helen studied viola with former Mischa Elman student Andre Hadges, former MSO Principal Viola Paul O’Brien and Lillian Fuchs in New York. A member of WASO since 1982, she has also played and presented chamber...

Adrian Petrino & Shannon Luk

June 15th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Adrian Petrino & Shannon Paul Luk (Simply for Strings)

Beyond the Setup: Turning a professional instrument into an artist’s tool

This session is sponsored by Simply for Strings Session: Every instrument can be set up professionally to produce a great sound,...

Yvonne Moore

June 15th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Yvonne Moore (Simply for Strings)

Secrets to Regional Success: Keeping our communities connected in a post-pandemic digital world

This session is sponsored by Simply for Strings Session: Join Yvonne Moore as she discusses her experience connecting regional students to music. Yvonne is...

Yvonne Moore & Shannon Luk

June 15th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Yvonne Moore & Shannon Luk (Simply for Strings)

Keep it Clean: How to care and maintain your stringed instrument

This session is sponsored by Simply for Strings Session: Our Care and Maintenance workshops are a fun, engaging and hands-on way to...

Australian String Quartet

June 15th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Australian String Quartet

Performance & Demonstration

From the Page to the Stage - bringing new Australian work to life

Session Time: 12.00 midday Monday 4th July Since 1985, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for audiences...

Tax time stage fright? The ATO can help

June 8th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Performing Artists: The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has put together a range of resources and tips to help you lodge your tax return this year.

  1. Check out the work-related expenses guide for performing artists to find out what you can and can’t claim this year.
  2. COVID-19 has had a...

Adam Edwards

June 6th, 2022 by Emily Dittman

Adam Edwards

Introducing the Norwegian Fiddle

Session: The evolution of the Hardanger fiddle began from the Indian trade routes which made their way through to Holland. Norwegian traders came to Holland, saw the Indian sitar and were inspired by its sympathetic strings to tinker with their violins - what...