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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!

2012 String Academy of Wisconsin Competition



Margaret Knox (Boy Paganini)

Bertrand Stone (Allegro Brillante)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performances! A special thanks to Margot Schwartz for judging the competition. Many thanks to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all fourteen applicants.

Picture Perfect

Have you still got some Halloween candy sitting around? Well we’ve still got Halloween photos to share! String Academy parent and professional photographer Jonathan Kirn has done it again and captured some incredible moments from our most recent Halloween Concerts. Click on the link below to visit his gallery and see the full collection. High […]

Practice Pays (with Pizza Party!)

Goltermann Duport Practice Competition Winners

2011 Practice Competition Group Winner Goltermann Duport

Cello group Goltermann Duport celebrated their Top Group Average win of the 2011 Practice Compeitiion with a pizza party, proving once again that practice pays off! Each student received a present (candy!), ate lots of pizza, enjoyed desserts made by the Simmons family, listened to fun music […]