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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.
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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.

Cellist Stefan Kartman to Join SAW Faculty

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.

Now Accepting Financial Aid Applications

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

Violin Virtuosi to Perform at Peabody Institute

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.

Picture of Violin Virtuosi

The Violin Virtuosi (left to right): Bertrand Stone, Wentong Zhang, Cassidy Franzmeier, Dominika Lulewicz, Sabrina Zhong, Ariel Kim, Clancy Loebl

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2014 Benefit Concert

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.

Senior Recital: Katie Wasielewski

Senior Recital: Katie Wasielewski, Cello  with Stefanie Jacob, piano March 16th, 2:00 p.m. The Polish Center of Wisconsin 6941 S. 68th Street Franklin, WI Reception to follow

Spring Concerts

Spring Concerts

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

The music is budding like flowers!

The View from Vieau

String Academy students at Escuela Vieau School

SAW 2014 Violin Competition Winners


Grace Woo
Air Varie No. 5 – C. Dancla
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Sabrina Zhong
Four Seasons “Spring” – A. Vivaldi
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Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!
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Thank you to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra violinist and String Academy Alum Alexander Ayers for judging the competition.
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Also, thank you to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all thirteen applicants.

Now Enrolling for 2014 Classes

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

'Tis the Season . . of Giving

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The String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM

Dear Friend,

Each year, 150 children ages 4-18, from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, study violin, viola, and cello performance at the String Academy of Wisconsin. With careful guidance from professional artist faculty, students engage in a challenging course of study that includes private and group instruction, weekly classes in music theory, and ear training. This comprehensive learning experience with its many performing opportunities offers much more than simply a music education. Students also learn self-discipline and poise, which will serve them well throughout their lives.

The Academy strives to make an excellent music education affordable for all. Each year, we provide scholarships and instruments to at least 36 students as part of the Urban Students in Arts Scholarship Program. Participating families contribute a portion of what they can toward tuition. String Academy faculty provide instruction for students with demonstrated potential and a strong desire to learn in our program, including outreach sites at two MPS schools, Escuela Vieau and Milwaukee MacDowell Montessori.

During this season of giving, we hope you will make a tax-deductible gift before December 31st to help us reach our goal of $75,000 to fund the Urban Students in Arts Scholarship Program. It’s safe, fast, and easy to give online by clicking on the button below.  We welcome donations via mail too – String Academy of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 11941, Milwaukee, WI 53211

The arts are fundamental to our humanity and a crucial factor in academic and professional success for young people. Thank you, and we wish you a warm and happy holiday season.

Online Donation Paypal Sincerely,

Darcy Drexler, Executive Director

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