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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.
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 Paul Rolland, Shinichi Suzuki, and Mimi Zweig. 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 to learn more and register online
The Vickery Three Presented by The String Academy of Wisconsin
Tuesday, August 19, 7:30pm
UWM Peck School of the Arts
- Nathan Vickery, cellist in the New York Philharmonic and active chamber musician
- Allison Vickery, award-winning pianist attending the University of Indianapolis
- Peter Vickery, violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and faculty at The String Academy of Wisconsin
- Gliere, Eight Duets for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
- Bruch, Kol Nidre for Cello and Piano, Op. 47
- Ysaye, Ballade for Solo Violin
- Dvorak, F minor Piano Trio, Op. 3, No. 3 Op. 65
UWM Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall (MUS 175)
2400 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211
The String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM is pleased to announce the hiring of Stefan Kartman as its newest 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 Mid America 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.
The String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) hereby announces that the financial aid application for the 2014/2015 school year is now available on the SAW website for families requiring financial assistance for their children to study at the String Academy. The application deadline is Friday, June 6.
CLICK HERE FOR FINANCIAL AID FORM
The String Academy of Wisconsin’s Violin Virtuosi will be participating in the Violin Pedagogy Weekend at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University April 4-6th.
The seven violinists from SAW will join pre-college violinists from Northwestern University, Indiana University, University of Wyoming-Laramie and Peabody Pre-College for a weekend of masterclasses, pedagogy panels and sessions and the Sunday gala concert. Each group will also perform repertoire independently plus joining to perform pieces by Bartok, Kreisler, and Veracini. Wentong Zhang will represent SAW as a soloist on the Sunday concert and Cassidy Franzmeier and Bertrand Stone will play in Master Classes given by Peabody Conservatory violin faculty.
SAW director Darcy Drexler will serve on various panels regarding String Pedagogy throughout the weekend.
The Violin Virtuosi (left to right): Bertrand Stone, Wentong Zhang, Cassidy Franzmeier, Dominika Lulewicz, Sabrina Zhong, Ariel Kim, Clancy Loebl
featuring SAW Students
UWM Peck School of the Arts
Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Reception to follow
$30 per person • Please call for advance tickets.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014 the String Academy of Wisconsin will present two Spring Concerts. We invite you to be our guest at one or both of these concerts. The first concert will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 12 Noon, both taking place in the UWM Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall (located on the first floor of the Music Building). These concerts are FREE and open to the public. Each program is expected to be approximately one hour in length. Programs 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 SAW competitions, violinist Grace Woo and cellist Bradley Nowacek will perform works by Dancla and Couperin.
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Concert I – 10:00
Concert II – 12:00
Where: UWM Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
String Academy students at Escuela Vieau School
Air Varie No. 5 – C. Dancla
Four Seasons “Spring” – A. Vivaldi
Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!
Thank you to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra violinist and String Academy Alum Alexander Ayers for judging the competition.
Also, thank you to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all thirteen applicants.