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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to our newly updated website! Whether you are a parent, a student, teacher, alumni, donor, prospective student, or just curious, there is much to find here. So please look around and explore.

Founded in 1990, the String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) has become one of this country’s model schools, offering students between the ages of 4 and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello.    Highly qualified artist faculty provide musical instruction based on the methods  and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Shinichi Suzuki, and Paul Rolland.  The special training, experience, and expertise of the SAW faculty in the musical training of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity. SAW’s summer teacher training workshops are attended by string players from across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Go With The Published Sheet Music

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Sheet music for your studies can be acquired in different ways, ordering from the many online music outlets, purchasing from your local music store and downloading from the internet. A public domain internet library can give a student free immediate access to music, but let’s remember YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Too many times the downloaded parts have a lack of valuable information (articulations, bowings, fingerings) and wrong notes. Also one’s downloading, for quick access, many times turns into never purchasing the published music. After several weeks, you have a crinkled, torn copy of music that is difficult to keep on the music stand and information written by your teacher is becoming less clear. Another and better option is getting a photocopy from your teacher’s library, which has their fingerings and bowings, with the clear understanding that it is temporary.

Before you order or visit the local music store, ask your teacher which edition (ex. Bärenreiter, Boosey & Hawkes, Breitkopf & Hartel, Carl Fischer, G. Henle, International, C.F. Peters, G. Schirmer, Schott etc..) you should purchase. Published violin music is edited by violinists/teachers, for example Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin has been edited by some of the greatest violinists and teachers, Nathan Milstein, Leopold Auer, Henryk Szeryng and Ivan Galamian. Each edition offers different ideas, is a wealth of information and an investment in your continuing music education. Another important aspect of published sheet music, the piano accompaniment is included! A few examples, Mollenhauer’s Infant Paganini, Introduction and Polonaise by Bohm, Dancla’s Six Airs Variés, Polish Dance by Severn, Ten Have’s Allegro Brillante, Czardas by Monti, Haydn’s Concerto in G major, Concerto in A minor by Accolay, Viotti’s Concerto No. 23 in G major, Concerto in A minor by Bach, Wieniawski’s Obertass etc…, with the piano part you now have a better understanding of how the violin and piano work together, helping your learning process towards a more successful performance!

The next time you attend a solo recital or an orchestra concert that is featuring an international soloist, often there is a “Meet The Artist” after the performance. What a fun and inspiring opportunity to ask the soloist if he or she would autograph your published music. You might even be studying the same piece that was performed!  This will be something that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Click here to order sheet music online

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Come and see the String Academy in action!

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Violafest West, featuring SAW’s own Jamie Hofman!

We wish Jamie Hofman well in his adventures to the University of Wyoming, Laramie!

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Off to a great start!

Some scenes from the String Academy as we kick off another exciting year:

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Now Enrolling for Fall ’18!

The String Academy of Wisconsin is now enrolling new violin and viola students for the 2018 Fall Semester. Register here!

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You’re Invited: Cassidy Franzmeier Senior Recital

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2018 Scholarship Benefit Concert

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Scholarship Benefit Concert

featuring String Academy Students
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Reception to follow
$30 per person • Please call for advance tickets
Phone (414) 963 4729
www.stringacademyofwisconsin.org

2018 Spring Concert

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On Saturday, March 17th, 2018 (St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀), the String Academy of Wisconsin will present a Spring Concert with our entire student body of young violinists and cellists. We invite you to be our guest! The concert will take place at 10:30 AM in the Recital Hall of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM and is FREE and open to the public. The program will feature violin and cello groups comprised of students, ages 4 to 18, ranging from beginners to the most advanced.   Jayanth Suthan, winner of this year’s SAW Violin Competition, will perform the George Perlman Concertino, and our fabulous groups will perform a wide variety of other repertoire, including When Irish Eyes Are Smiling to celebrate St. Patty’s day.  We hope to see you there, and don’t forget to wear something green!

When: Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 10:30 AM

Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall

Admission: Free to the public, no tickets required

2018 Violin Competition

2018 Violin Competition 

Winners

Jayanth Suthan

Concertino – G. Perlman

(performing at the Spring Group Concert on
Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 am in the PSOA Recital Hall)

Jeff Zhao

Sicilienne & Rigaudon – F. Kreisler

(performing at the Benefit Concert on
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm in the PSOA Recital Hall)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!

Thank you to MSO violinist and SAW Alum Alex Ayers for
judging the competition.

Also, thank you to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all fourteen contestants.

2018 Violin Competition “Concertino” Contestants, Parents, Grandparent, Judge & Pianist

 2018 Violin Competition "Sicilienne & Rigaudon" Contestants, Parents, Judge & Pianist


2018 Violin Competition “Sicilienne & Rigaudon” Contestants, Parents, Judge & Pianist

The Season of Giving

 

 

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“I don’t think you realize how much the String Academy meant to me. Studying at SAW all those years, I consider you all family.”

~ Melita Tyler, SAW Alum and Doctoral Student

Dear Friend,

One of the most rewarding gifts a teacher receives is the heartfelt messages from former students. Music transforms lives in so many ways. Scientists have found that music lessons can produce profound and lasting changes which enhance a child’s ability to learn and focus —not to mention increased empathy and ability to interact with others. Sadly, fewer schools, especially in low-income areas, are providing this opportunity to their students today.

Each year, 115+ children ages 4-18, from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, study violin, viola and cello at the String Academy of Wisconsin. SAW’s professional faculty carefully guide students in a challenging course of study that includes weekly private and group instruction, plus classes in music theory and ear training. Our comprehensive teaching with its teamwork and many performing opportunities offers much more than music education. By educating the whole child, it offers preparation for success in school and life!

The Academy strives to make an excellent music education affordable for all through our acclaimed Urban Students in Arts Education program which includes two primary strategies for providing high quality music education and instruments to children and youth whose families cannot afford it:

  1.  Scholarships and instruments to nearly 30 students annually whose families could not otherwise afford music lessons.

    Partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools where a majority of students are from low-income homes. This year, our professional artist faculty members are providing instruction to students with demonstrated potential and a strong desire to learn at two MPS elementary schools: Escuela Vieau and Cass Street. These students also come to the Academy for weekly group instruction and performances.

These programs can only continue with contributions from foundations and generous individuals like you, who understand the profound importance of the arts in a child’s development. Thank you for that.

Will you make a gift today to help ensure that talented students in Milwaukee continue to grow and develop through music education – no matter their fi nancial circumstances?

Your gift of any amount matters, and is greatly appreciated. It is instrumental to our success in educating the whole child.

Sincerely,

Darcy Drexler, SAW Director

Julilly W. Kohler, SAW Board Chair

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The String Academy of Wisconsin
414-963-4729
stringacademy@uwm.edu
www.stringacademyofwisconsin.org


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