Camerata Strings 2019

Please note that 2019 auditions for this ensemble have closed. You can register your interest in auditioning for the 2020 program now. 2020 auditions will be held on 30 November 2019 and 7 December 2019.

Where better to start your ensemble experience than in the company of a dedicated tutor and nurturing conductor? Repertoire is carefully curated to support the development of our youngest musicians, fostering their growth as musicians and as young people. 

Ensemble Information


Approximate Standard*  Music Grade Preliminary+
Approximate Age Range 7 to 12
Rehearsal Times Saturdays, 9:00am to 11:00am
Annual Fee $605
Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano Accompanist**.

* Music grades are indicative of standard - exams are not a prerequisite for entry.

** Piano Accompanist Music Grade is 7+ and age is anticipated between 15 and 26. This position is required to read and reduce scores and support the conductor in rehearsing the ensemble. Accompanist mentoring will be provided but applicants should already have a thorough knowledge of practical technique.


The Camerata Strings performs in these concerts in 2019:

Concert 1

Sunday 19 May
Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS

Concert 2

Sunday 11 August
The Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Concert 3

Sunday 3 November
The Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Plus more special project events throughout the year.

Meet your Conductors

Term 1

Kim Bishop - Guest Conductor

Kim Bishop is one of Australia’s leading violin teachers and founded a very successful music studio in Melbourne. Here she worked with students as young as 2 years old, mentoring them to successful university level studies and careers in a full range of other professions.

Kim grew up in Tasmania and completed studies in violin at the University of Tasmania with Jan Sedivka. She then moved to the University of Queensland to study with Elizabeth Morgan before taking her studies internationally.

In 1988, Kim gained a Master of Music from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, USA, studying with leading Suzuki pedagogue John Kendall. At that university she also taught for the String Development Program.

Over the years, Kim has played with a number of professional orchestras, including the Tasmanian Symphony and the Queensland Theatre Orchestra.

She was Director of Strings at Gippsland Grammar School and set up her own Suzuki Method Studio in Melbourne, Victoria.

Today, Kim is setting out on her next musical adventure by setting up a new Suzuki Method violin studio in her home town of Hobart.

Kim regularly travels to teach interstate and internationally as a Suzuki workshop teacher.

Term 2

Stephanie Perry - Guest Conductor

Although not a native Tasmanian, Stephanie has called Tasmania home since 1986. She graduated in 1992 from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Education with violin as her first study. Stephanie has had over 10 years’ experience teaching classroom music in various public and private schools. Stephanie has also been teaching privately for many years training orchestral string students using the AMEB syllabus, some of whom are currently undertaking studies at the Tasmania Conservatorium of Music.

Whilst living in Burnie, Stephanie was the high school tutor for the Stringalong program, a school-based program designed to train and develop string players, a position she held for over 7 years. In addition, Stephanie was the lead conductor of the after-school strings program, a program she devised, initiated and developed to allow string students from the local primary, high schools and colleges, the opportunity to perform as an orchestra in the community and surrounds. Stephanie has been a tutor at the LYCO strings camp as well as an active player and stand-in conductor of the Cradle Coast Orchestra.

Stephanie relocated from Burnie to Hobart last year with a vision to be a part of a thriving strings community and to pursue her vision of providing young people the opportunity to become passionate and proficient string players. She has 3 adult children, 2 of which are graduates of the Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, is married to John and is currently living in Kingston.

Term 3

Madeline Nichols - Guest Conductor

Madeline completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Honours in Music Performance at The University of Melbourne, and Honours Elite in Music Performance at the University of Tasmania, specialising on the viola. 

She has studied with Amanda Fairs, Fiona Sargeant, Trevor Jones, Simon Oswell, and Jo St Leon. 

During her tertiary music studies, Madeline held principal viola positions in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, The University of Melbourne Orchestra, the University of Tasmania Conservatorium Orchestra and in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute program. 

She has also played with the Australian Youth Orchestra and performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in collaborative youth music projects.

Madeline is an enthusiastic and passionate music teacher who has taught violin and viola in schools and privately. 

After graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Master of Teaching in 2017, Madeline now works as a secondary school music teacher. 

In addition to her current commitment to Camerata Strings, Madeline has also been a tutor for organisations including Melbourne Youth Orchestras, Victorian State School Spectacular and LYCO Residential Summer String Camp in Northern Tasmania. 

Madeline enjoys playing viola in the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and in chamber music groups with friends.

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