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String Teacher Workshops

Faculty Performance: Jichen Li with the Sheboygan Symphony

Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Jichen Li with Sheboygan Symphony


When: Oct 07, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm

The first concert of the 99th Season: “Celebrating 99 Years of Community Enrichment”

Guest Soloist: Jichen Li, Violoncello


Mozart | Symphony No 36 “Linz”

Tchaikovsky | Variations on a Rococo Theme – Jichen Li, Violoncello

Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 2 “Ukrainian”

Tickets may be purchased by:

Downloading Ticket Order Form
In person at 826 N 8th St or phone at (920) 208-3243 or online at weillcenter.com.
Ticket Office hours are 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm weekdays. The ticket office will also be open 2 hours prior to the start of show.

2017 Scholarship Benefit Concert


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

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


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!

2017 Violin Competition Winners

Isabella Thiel
(Infant Paganini)

Grace Woo

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!


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.


Darcy Drexler, SAW Director

Julilly W. Kohler, SAW Board Chair

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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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