AUSTA News 2023

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:
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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...


Book Launch: Molto AUSTA

May 13th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Molto Austa: a historical overview of the Australian Strings Association

Susan Pierotti Order your copy now!

Orders close Fri 17/06/22

  • $30 (collect at conference)
  • $45 (posted)

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Edith Salzmann

April 10th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Edith Salzmann

Cello technique from the 19th Century to today

Session: Most of the studies and methods that we all use for teaching originate in the 19th century: Piatti, Servais, Grützmacher, Popper, Franchomme, Kummer and their students Hugo Becker, Julius Klengel, Arnold Földesy and countless others.  But what do...


Sheau-Fang Low

April 6th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Sheau-Fang Low

Session 1.5: Coaching Violin/ Viola Students to Play with More Ease

Session: Playing and teaching the violin or viola is a complex process, as the instrument support and coordination between the hands can be challenging. This presentation outlines a few...


Rodney Wikstrom

April 6th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Rodney Wikstrom

Session2.2: Using technology in string education

Session: This presentation will focus on what and how to use technology in string education. The use of technology in string teaching can enhance the enjoyment of learning, improve the quality and effectiveness of...


Robert Harris

April 6th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Robert Harris

Session 2.6: Cafe Viola: playing and pedagogy with viola ensemble Session: Robert Harris brings his ANZ Viola Society Cafe Viola workshops to AUSTA National, not only to focus our attention on the viola but also to support our middle-voice violist friends in their alto clef endeavours. All attending are encouraged to...


Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing

April 6th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Moirsheen Kelly-Keesing

Session 1.5: Suzuki Method in 21st Century Australia

Session: Known for its success around the world, this influential method has developed a great deal over the decades. This lecture/performance includes the following, with a focus on string instruments in modern Australian Suzuki Method:
  • Suzuki philosophy, language acquisition, and creating the environment
  • ...