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.
The String Academy of Wisconsin is grateful for the Milwaukee Arts Board and their continued support of our Urban Outreach program. SAW alum and SAW board member Marquis Gilbert was on hand to receive the ceremonial check.
What is American culture? The Cultures in Harmony encourages YOU to answer that question!
To catalyze reflection on this important question,violinist William Harvey will visit all 50 states in the USA—one week per state—in a collaborative, educational, and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry. In each state, he will perform, interview people about what American culture means to them, and conduct workshops designed to encourage reflection on the topic.
On Friday, June 17th, 7:00 p.m. at the Peck School of the Arts, the String Academy of Wisconsin presents violinist William Harvey and Pianist Steve Ayers in a FREE concert of music by American composers Don Freund, Philip Glass, Reena Esmail, and George Antheil. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Harvey to Wisconsin and celebrate the tapestry and diversity of American music and culture.
When: Friday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall (3223 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI)
Admission: Free and open to the public, no tickets required
for ages 4 to 8
June 13-July 22, 2016
Get your budding cellist or violinist off to a great start with instruction especially for youngsters who have never played a string instrument.
To get a “jump-start” with their new instruments, students will have one week of daily group lessons (see schedule below). For each of the other five weeks, students will receive a half-hour individual lesson and an hour group lesson.
June 13 – 17: Daily group lessons will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
June 13 – July 22: A half-hour individual lesson at a time to be arranged with the instructor and a group lesson once a week on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
for her 16 years of service as SAW Office Adminitrator
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Reception to follow
$30 per person • Please call for advance tickets.
This Saturday, April 9th, 2016 the String Academy of Wisconsin will present a Spring Concert with our entire student body of young violinists, violists, and cellists. We invite you to be our guest! The concert will take place at 10:30 AM in Bader Hall at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at UWM. This concert 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. In addition, two winners of this year’s solo competitions, violinist Maya Groser and cellist Andy Liu, will perform works by Mollenhauer and L. A. Mendelssohn.
When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 10:30 AM
Where: UWM Peck School of the Arts Bader Hall
Getting ready for the Spring Concert.
It’s been a while since we posted photos, but we’ve been very busy! From libraries to retirement homes, churches and our own home at UWM, here is a small selection of highlights so you can see some of the things we’ve been up to.
String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM
2016 Violin Competition Winners
Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!
Thank you to violinist/teacher Eric Ash for judging the competition.
Also, thank you to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all ten contestants.
Now enrolling ages 4 through 18
with focus on the violin, viola or cello
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.
click here for Online Enrollment Application
All Saints Cathedral
The String Academy of Wisconsin will present two recitals this weekend which you are cordially invited to attend.
Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 P.M – The first performance is at the new East Library and takes place in the Ellipse Community Room. The recital will feature solo performances by String Academy students and also an opportunity for young children to try out small-size instruments just for them! East Library is located at 2320 N. Cramer St., and is Milwaukee’s newest public library – with incredible architecture, art work, and new community programs. It’s a great opportunity to see what this library has to offer.
Sunday, November 8th, at 2:00 P.M.– We will present a special Honors Recital at the beautiful Cathedral Church of All Saints located at 818 E Juneau Ave in Milwaukee. Students who have been nominated by faculty based on past performances are showcased in this recital, accompanied by pianist Steven Ayers. There will also be an opportunity to bring your used books as a contribution to the All Saint’s Great Hunger Book Sale. Last year the sale grossed just over $19,000, and supports hunger funds in our own community and around the world.
There is no admission or ticketing required for either of these recitals, so please bring your friends or relatives and come join us!