AUSTA News 2022

Erica Rasmussen

March 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Erica Rasmussen

Including Composition and Improvisation in the Crashendo program at Laverton College

Session: Crashendo! is a community-based music program at Laverton College. Students participate in small group classes and ensemble rehearsals for four hours after school each week. Tuition is free and instruments are provided. Under the guidance...


Elizabeth Scott

March 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Elizabeth Scott

Singing in the Instrumental Rehearsal

Session: Singing in the instrumental rehearsal - why and how. As Richard Gill told us many times - singing is the basis of all music making. Singing supports a wider musical understanding by requiring young musicians to internalise, listen and think before...


Daniel Carner

March 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Daniel Carner

Session 1: Shoulder Pain in String Instrument Players

Session 2: Thumb and Wrist Pain in String Instrument Players

Session 1 (Shoulder pain in String Instrument Players) : How to understand the joint better and help protect yourself and your...


Chris Haigh

March 30th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Chris Haigh

Different Techniques, Different Repertoire

Session: When I was around 15 years of age I asked my violin teacher how I could play jazz like Stephane Grappelli. He had absolutely no idea, but suggested that I listen and play along with...


Bethany Nottage

March 29th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Bethany Nottage

Session 1.3: Using 3D Resources to Teach Beginner Strings

Session: Teaching beginner strings to young students within a small group presents challenges in establishing relaxed left and right hands. I have two life-size skeleton joint models of the human hand...


Ania Tait

March 29th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Ania Tait & Stringlines

Stringlines: Creating Music and Community in the Tropics

Session Time: 3.00 Sunday July 3 Session: Stringlines meets on Larrakia land in the Top End of the Northern Territory. We are welcoming to all, and share wisdom and humour through...


Gary McPherson

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Gary McPherson

Gary E. McPherson studied music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before completing a master of music education at Indiana University, a doctorate of philosophy at the University of Sydney and a Licentiate and Fellowship in trumpet performance through Trinity College, London. In 2021, he...


Gail Barnes

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Dr Gail Barnes

Dr. Gail V. Barnes is Professor of Music Education at the University of South Carolina where she is coordinator of music education and Director of the University of South Carolina String Project. The String Project is a model of...


Ed Le Brocq

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Ed Le Brocq

Ed Le Brocq is a musical adventurer, teacher, writer, broadcaster and transgender man. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing music when he was six years old. He studied viola in Manchester, Berlin and London, and played...


Yvonne Frye

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Yvonne Frye

The German violinist and violin pedagogue Yvonne Frye studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, with John Lambos and Helge Slaatto, graduating with a Diploma of Violin Pedagogy. She continued her artistic studies at the Kärtner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Austria...


Deborah Cheetham

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Photo by Wayne Quilliam

Prof. Deborah Cheetham AO

DUniv, BMus Ed, AmusA Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and Artistic Director, has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the...


Barbara Hornung

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Barbara Hornung

New Music from the Pandemic

Session: A performance of captivating music composed in 2021. Featured are three excellent Australian composers, Dr Roger Alsop, Melvyn Cann and Dr Johanna Selleck. Performers: Barbara Hornung – Viola,...


EBM Insurance Partnership

January 12th, 2022 by Emily Dittman

EBM Insurance Partnership

EBM Insurance & Risk is Australian owned and operated and...


2021 AGM Reports

November 30th, 2021 by Emily Dittman

The AUSTA AGM took place on Thursday November 25 online via Zoom. Relevant reports can be found below:   To read or download the Presidents Report for the 2021 AGM click HERE To read or download the Treasurer Report for the 2021 AGM click HERE To read or download the Stringendo Report for the 2021 AGM click


2021 AGM

October 27th, 2021 by Emily Dittman

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Strings Association Limited (AUSTA) will be held on Thursday November 25 at 8.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Notice is hereby given that the 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday November 25 at 8:00 pm AEDT. Members who would like to participate should contact Emily Dittman (AUSTA National...


Viola Resource List

October 12th, 2021 by Emily Dittman

VIOLA RESOURCE LIST for AUSTA NSW presentation, Disclaimer – this list provides a broad range of resources for teachers and students of viola. It’s possible that this list can also later be able to be made available on the AUSTA and/or the Australian New Zealand viola society websites and updated from time to time. The exclusion of any resource...


2020 AGM Reports

November 30th, 2020 by Karen Kyriakou

The AUSTA AGM took place on Thursday November 26 online via Zoom. Relevant reports can be found below:   To read or download the Presidents Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Treasurer Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Stringendo Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To...


AUSTA National Administrator – Job Description

September 30th, 2020 by Karen Kyriakou

AUSTA National Administrator   -  Job Description The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) is a professional association of teachers, players and makers of bowed string instruments which promotes excellence in all aspects of performance, teaching, conducting and string instrument making. AUSTA aims to inspire and support students, amateurs and professionals and also to facilitate communication at local, national and...


SA Mini Conference 14/15/March 20 Report by Samantha Raftery

September 3rd, 2020 by Agnes Weinstein

AUSTA SA Mini Conference 14/15thMarch 2020   Over the course of the mid-March weekend, the South Australian branch of AUSTA was fortunate enough to have Robin Wilson lead us through a mini conference, comprised of presentations, discussions and masterclasses. This provided a wonderful opportunity for young string players to develop their skills as performers. Music educators were also treated to a number...


Polycorde Bow

June 24th, 2020 by Charlie McCarthy

https://www.polycordebow.com/shop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Etqw2HBJgE This fun and innovative new take on a 500 year old design allows the player to switch between single string playing and multi-string sustained chordal playing in an instant. With a minimal learning curve it is possible to operate the leverage system in the frog and play full bodied chords along with single string melody whilst you are playing....