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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.

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

Violin Beginner Week

for ages 4 to 8

June 12-July 21, 2017

Get your budding 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 12 – 16: Daily group lessons will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

June 12 – July 21: 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.

Register now!

Violin and Cello Beginner Week

No lessons on Campus April 10, 11, 2017

Attention SAW Students and families:

Due to a fire on the UWM campus, the Music Building building will be closed this Monday and Tuesday.

Students who have individual lessons on Monday and Tuesday will receive lesson information from their teacher.

 

 

You’re invited: 2017 Spring Concert

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Concert: Wauwatosa Presbyterian Concert Series

The String Academy will be presenting a concert this coming Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 pm as part of the Wauwatosa Presbyterian Concert Series (2366 North 80th Street, Wauwatosa, WI).  We hope you can join us!
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2017 Violin Competition Winners

Isabella Thiel
(Infant Paganini)

Grace Woo
(Concertino)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!

Thank you to graduate pedagogy students Kira Makeever, Heidi Barker, and Allan Russell for judging the competition.

Also, thank you to pianists Stephanie Lippert and Steve Ayers for accompanying all ten contestants.

Enroll Now!

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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

The Season of Giving

December 2016

“Being a student in the String Academy of Wisconsin was one of the most important things in my life. Without the String Academy and playing my violin I would not be where I am today. I just want to thank you for this.”

~ Jonathan Landis, Law Enforcement/Violin Teacher

Dear Friend,

Today, more than ever, the Arts are fundamental to our humanity and a crucial factor in academic and professional success. Unfortunately, arts programs have been slashed from many school budgets – leaving students, especially those from low-income homes, without access to music education.

Each year, 120+ children ages 4-18, from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, study violin, viola and cello at the String Academy of Wisconsin. With careful guidance from professional artist faculty, students engage in a challenging course of study that includes weekly private and group instruction, along with classes in music theory and ear training. This comprehensive learning experience with its many performing opportunities offers much more than a music education. 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 to talented children and youth whose families simply cannot afford it.

  1.  Scholarships and instruments to nearly 35 students annually whose families could not otherwise
    afford music lessons.
  2. 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.

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 financial circumstances?

Your gift of any amount matters, and is greatly appreciated.

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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Share Your Heart!

When you play the Canal Street Bingo game at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino now through Dec. 15, you’re helping raise funds for area children’s charities, giving them the gift of a promising future. Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year! The String Academy is excited to be in the running to be a benefiting charity. Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn more.

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