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SAW Cellist with National Youth Orchestra: Kartik Papatla

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This past summer, Kartik Papatla, String Academy student of Scott Cook, was chosen by national audition to participate in the National Youth Orchestra. Beyond being the only student selected from the state of Wisconsin, Kartik was also chosen to sit as assistant principal cello. Congratulations to Kartik on your accomplishments! Below is a brief description, […]

Darcy Drexler: A Trip to Brazil

by Darcy Drexler

Last October, I was invited to Brazil and presented string pedagogy lectures, gave masterclasses and worked with string teachers at the 8th Nathan Schwartzman Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil and then in Porto Alegre at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Founded by Cora Caparelli, the Schwartzman Festival is led […]

Orchestra Audition Preparation: My Experience

Getting Ready: Alex Ayers with SAW students after performing for the class

by Alex Ayers

An orchestra audition is not too different from a competition or a college music school audition; all have a group of judges who make a decision about your playing. Is it in tune? Is it played with a beautiful sound? Is it rhythmically steady? Is it musically expressive? Is it good […]

Wentong Zhang Goes to Washington

Wentong Zang at the Summer Music Institute (2nd from right)

SAW violinist Wentong Zhang writes of his experiences as a member of the 2012 Summer Music Institute of the National Symphony Orchestra. One of 70 students ( ages 15-20) chosen from throughout the U.S., he spent four weeks in Washington, D.C. Currently, Wentong is junior at Whitefish Bay High School. He has […]

Reporting From Carnegie Hall

To most young musicians, playing a performance at Carnegie Hall is a dream. On February 19th, that dream came true for violinist Dee Luo, a student of Katherine Brooks at the String Academy. As part of the American High School Honors Performance Series, she and 400 other students played in the elite performance hall […]

Joshua Bell Remembers Mimi

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In an article from the Journal Sentinal, violinists Joshua Bell remembers his days studying with Mimi Zweig. Mimi is the founder of the String Academy of Wisconsin and an Artisitic Advisor.

“Mimi was a very important part of my life and a vital, important part of my musical development,” he recalled. “When I was about […]

Bertrand Stone Featured in Milwaukee Chinese Times

Bertrand Stone in Milwauikee Chinese Times

Bertrand Stone, a String Academy student, was featured in the April edition of the Milwaukee Chinese Times for his arrangement of Horse Race which was premiered on the 2010 Spring Concerts. Horse Race (赛马) is traditionally performed on the Chinese erhu, a two-stringed instrument held on the lap and played up-right with a bow. Bertrand […]

Joyce Litzky Kurnow Legacy Piano Fund

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Several years ago, String Academy benefactor Susan Weistrop established a Piano Fund to honor the memory of her deceased mother, pianist Joyce Litzky Kurnow. The purpose of the fund was to support the String Academy’s ongoing need to pay trained pianists to play for students in group classes, solo recitals, and group concerts. The following […]

Choosing Repertoire For Young Violinists

by Mimi Zweig

You may have wondered how your teacher chooses repertoire for you. Nothing is arbitrary, and your teacher has “figured out” an overall game plan. In the beginning you are playing open strings and the famous Twinkle Variations, which you might think go on forever. As you progress you can look back and […]

Off the Shelf: Three Decades as a Jewish Musician in Russia

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Stormy Applause: Making Music in a Worker’s State, by Rostislav Dubinsky (New York: Hill and Wang), 1989. 292 pages.

Soviet emigre violinist Rostislav Dubinsky recalls the first three decades of the Borodin Quartet in Stormy Applause: Making Music in a Worker’s State. On one level, this is a […]