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String Academy Salutes 2014 High School Graduates


These six students collectively attended a total of 64 years at SAW! We are proud of their high school accomplishments and excited about what lays in store for them. Some of their String Academy highlights included Violin Virtuosi trips and performances at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and at Northwestern University for Violin Pedagogy weekends(2014 and […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

SAW 2014 Violin Competition Winners

Grace Woo Air Varie No. 5 – C. Dancla . Sabrina Zhong 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 […]

SAW Cellist with National Youth Orchestra: Kartik Papatla


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, […]

Wentong Zhang to Perform With UWM Symphony Orchestra

SAW violin student, Wentong Zhang, will be the featured soloist in the UWM Symphony concert this Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Bader Concert Hall at the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. As the winner of the orchestra’s recent Young Artist Competition, Wentong will perform the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 […]

String Academy Violin Competition Results

String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM 2013 Violin Competition


Sabrina Zhong (Infant Paganini)

Cassidy Franzmeier (Praeludium & Allegro)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!

A special thanks to MSO violinist Les Kalkhof for judging the competition.

Many thanks to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all twelve applicants.

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 […]

2012 Cello Competition Winners


The 2012 String Academy of Wisconsin Cello Competition winners are:

Joanna Boyland Marcello Sonata in e minor , Adagio and Allegro

Katie Wasielewski Lalo Concerto in d minor Prelude, Lento-Allegro Moderato

Congratulations to all who participated!