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SAW Receives Award for Excellence in Youth Music


The String Academy was recently chosen to be the recipient of the 2012 Civic Music Association Award for Excellence in Youth Music for the Urban Students in Arts Scholarship Program, and was presented this award at their annual Educator Awards Ceremony. We are honored to be recognized for this important program, and would thank […]

Free Concert: Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra

This Saturday, January 14th there is a great opportunity to see a free concert with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Bel Canto Chorus. String Academy faculty Jamie Hofman will be performing, and Mayor Tom Barrett will be participating. Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony (based on String Quartet No 8 ) will be […]

Katherine Brooks named Studio Teacher of the Year

Katherine Brooks


Katherine Brooks

Katherine Brooks, from the SAW violin faculty, has been selected by the Civic Music Association to receive this year’s Studio Teacher award at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 6. Scott Cook from the SAW cello faculty was the 2008 recipient of this award.


Faculty News

Scott Cook was awarded the 2008. Studio Teacher of the Year award from Civic Music Association. He received the award at ceremonies last May. Congratulations, Scott!

Jamie Hofman taught and performed at the Eastern Music Festival this past summer, where he has been a faculty member since 2005.

Darcy Drexler performed with the Great Lakes […]

Alana Dust Appointed as Cello Faculty

Alana Dust

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Alana Dust to the String Academy cello faculty this fall. Ms. Dust received the Premier Talent Scholarship to study with Elizabeth Simkin at Ithaca College for a B.M. in Cello Performance. She also received a Full Fellowship to study with Anthony Elliott at […]

SAW, UWM Host Wisconsin Cello Society Cello Day 2007

Wisconsin Cello Society Cello Day 2007

On Sunday, October 21, 2007, seventy-five members of the Wisconsin Cello Society from throughout the state convened on the UWM campus for the annual WCS Cello Day hosted by SAW and UWM. The Wisconsin Cello Society is comprised of college and university faculty amateur and professional cellists and […]

Jamie Hofman Joins String Academy Faculty

Jamie Hofman

We are pleased to announce the appointment of SAW alum Jamie Hofman to the faculty of the String Academy. Mr. Hofman is a Milwaukee native and studied with James Przygocki and Mimi Zweig while a student at SAW. He earned a B.M. in viola and violin performance, in addition to a Performer […]

From the Mail Bag

“A new and very different chapter of our lives is underway here in Wyoming. I must say first of all that we miss the String Academy very much! … Still fresh in our minds are all the friends we left behind and the many wonderful experiences we had in Milwaukee. Especially the wonderful farewell concert […]

Faculty Profile: Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick, cello

[The following is an excerpt from an interview between James Olsen and new String Academy of Wisconsin Cello Faculty member Michael Fitzpatrick.]

JO: Where did you get your formative training in cello?

MF: I grew up in Lexington, KY, where I studied with Rodney Farrar, cellist, hang-glider, rollerblader, and inventor of […]

Cory Cerovsek Gives Masterclass

Corey Cerovsek

Corey Cerovsek was in Milwaukee for the weekend of January 8. He was scheduled to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony, but due to the musicians’ strike, this did not come to pass. He spent Saturday morning at UWM with String Academy students giving a master class. Shemida Anderson, Adam Diderrich, […]