John McCaughey: Musical Director

International Women's Day Choral 2016

Astra celebrates International Women's Day 2016 with a concert of works by women composers from the 12th century to the 21st. New works by Marguerite Boland, Livia Teodorescu and Catherine Schieve. With music by Hildegard von Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Ruth Crawford, Pauline Oliveros and more.

The Astra Improvising Choir directed by Joan Pollock 
The Astra Choir with soloists, instruments and organ, conducted by John McCaughey

Tuesday 8 March, 8:00 pm

Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford Convent 
1 St Heliers Street 

For tickets call Astra on (03) 9326 5424, or

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Season's greetings from Astra

Season's greetings from Astra

Astra wishes all its friends and supporters a very happy and safe festive season. The Astra office will be closed until late February 2016 when Astra's 2016 concert season will be announced. Join our mailing list to receive details

Read about Astra in Italy and Romania

Read about Astra in Italy and Romania

Astra's Musical director John McCaughey's article for Acord, magazine of the National University of Music, Bucharest.

Choir member Matthew Lorenzon has documented our travels at

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard ...

Sound in Space documents with images and recordings how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.