Visit violinist.com for information ranging from how to hold a violin to useful tips on buying instruments. There is also an in-depth guide to choosing the most appropriate strings for your violin and, joy of joys, a plethora of links to free legal sheet music download sites. The site offers weekly newsletter subscriptions — always an interesting read with links to blogs and interviews with renowned performers, teachers and other notaries in the violin/viola world.
The Quinn Violins site has, among other little gems, a search facility to identify the make, model, pitch and gauge of a string from the colours of its end wrapping. Strings from all major manufacturers are in the database.
LilyPond is a very user-friendly open source music notation program with most of the features of 'Sibelius'. Being open source, it is free to download and use. The LilyPond site has full installation instructions, excellent tutorials and a 'tips and tricks' segment so, all you budding composers and arrangers, support the open source software developers' community and try this program. You won't be disappointed!
Melbourne Youth Music (MYM) provides orchestral and large ensemble experience from elementary to advanced levels.
The Musical Society of Victoria (MSV) offers a regular performance outlet for students of all ages and levels and also provides an opportunity to listen to other students perform. The MSV also has various scholarships and awards each year for which its members may compete.
For a calendar of up-coming world-class orchestral and virtuoso performances, click on Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.