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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.

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
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You’re Invited: Florestan Duo, December 3 @ 3:00pm

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The Florestan Duo, comprised of String Academy and UWM faculty member Stefan Kartman (cello) and Jeannie Yu (piano), present a recital of Chamber Music with friends.

Program
Bach/Siloti Adagio
Samuel Barber Cello Sonata
Richard Strauss Cello Sonata
Tchaikovsky “Pezzo Capriccioso” 

The Florestan Duo have been in residence in Milwaukee, giving performances together and as part of the regional chamber music scene in groups like Mosaics (Milwaukee) and The Rembrandt Chamber Players (Chicago) among many others. Stefan and Jeannie perform locally, nationally, and internationally with concerts at home, in chamber music festivals like the Midsummers Music in Door County, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and Point Counterpoint in Vermont, as well as abroad for Chinese State institutions like the China Conservatory of Music.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Details

Date:  Sunday, December 3
Time:   3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Music Recital HallMusic Recital Hall, Room 175 | 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States+ Google Map

2017 Fall Concert

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are finally dropping, and the students of the String Academy are busy preparing for our Fall Concert.  We hope you can join us for an inspiring concert showcasing our talented young string players.

When: Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 10:30 AM
Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall.
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

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Faculty Performance: Jichen Li with the Sheboygan Symphony

Mozart and Tchaikovsky

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When: Oct 07, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm

The first concert of the 99th Season: “Celebrating 99 Years of Community Enrichment”

Guest Soloist: Jichen Li, Violoncello

Repertoire

Mozart | Symphony No 36 “Linz”

Tchaikovsky | Variations on a Rococo Theme – Jichen Li, Violoncello

Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 2 “Ukrainian”

Tickets may be purchased by:

Downloading Ticket Order Form
In person at 826 N 8th St or phone at (920) 208-3243 or online at weillcenter.com.
Ticket Office hours are 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm weekdays. The ticket office will also be open 2 hours prior to the start of show.

Got Cello?

Register for Cello Lessons at the String Academy of Wisconsin

The String Academy of Wisconsin is seeking a few cellists to fill remaining positions in our program.  Do you know someone who might be interested in beginning their journey with this fascinating and versatile instrument?   Our exceptional faculty are here to nurture and guide your child as they develop musical skills and a life-long appreciation for the art.  Enroll now here!

Cello Faculty

Stefan Kartman, cello
Stefan Kartman, cello faculty Stefan Kartman is currently Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In addition to solo performance, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of the Kneisel Trio and the Florestan Duo. He has given performances and masterclasses in conservatories and schools of music worldwide including the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), the Xiamen Conservatory of Music (China), and the D’Albaco Conservatory of Music (Italy), among many others.An avid chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Kartman has served on the faculties of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and was artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival. His early training in chamber music was with his father, Myron Kartman, of the Antioch String Quartet and during his formal training as a chamber musician, he studied with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Trio.Stefan Kartman received degrees from Northwestern University, The Juilliard School of Music, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He has been teaching assistant to Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova of the Juilliard School and proudly acknowledges the pedagogical heritage of his teachers Shapiro, Nelsova, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris, and Anthony Cooke.
Jichen Li, cello
Jichen Li Jichen Li studied cello at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music before continuing his education in the United States. He was a semifinalist in the Fifth Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music in 2005 and a semifinalist in the fourth Tchaikovsky International Youth Music Contest in 2012. Li is currently working toward a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, under the tutelage of Stefan Kartman. Li is a member of the UWM Symphony Orchestra cello section, principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and has served as principal cellist of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music. He was the featured soloist in the 2015 UWM Concerto Competition and won First prize in Sheboygan Symphony’s concerto competition. Before joining the SAW, Mr. Li has taught pre-college students in Milwaukee and conservatory middle and high school students in China. studied cello at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music before continuing his education in the United States. He was a semifinalist in the Fifth Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music in 2005 and a semifinalist in the fourth Tchaikovsky International Youth Music Contest in 2012. Li is currently working toward a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, under the tutelage of Stefan Kartman.  Li is a member of the UWM Symphony Orchestra cello section,  principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and has served as principal cellist of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and  China Conservatory of Music. He was the featured soloist in the 2015 UWM Concerto Competition and won First prize in Sheboygan Symphony’s concerto competition. Before joining the SAW,  Mr. Li has taught pre-college students in Milwaukee and conservatory middle and high school students in China.

 

2017 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