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2016 Milwaukee Arts Board Grant

The String Academy of Wisconsin is grateful for the Milwaukee Arts Board and their continued support of our Urban Outreach program. SAW alum and SAW board member Marquis Gilbert was on hand to receive the ceremonial check.


Cultures in Harmony – Free Violin Recital by William Harvey

Cultures in Harmony

What is American culture? The Cultures in Harmony encourages YOU to answer that question!

To catalyze reflection on this important question,violinist William Harvey will visit all 50 states in the USA—one week per state—in a collaborative, educational, and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry. In each state, he will perform, interview people about what American culture means to them, and conduct workshops designed to encourage reflection on the topic.

On Friday, June 17th, 7:00 p.m. at the Peck School of the Arts, the String Academy of Wisconsin presents violinist William Harvey and Pianist Steve Ayers in a FREE concert of music by American composers Don Freund, Philip Glass, Reena Esmail, and George Antheil. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Harvey to Wisconsin and celebrate the tapestry and diversity of American music and culture.

When: Friday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall (3223 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI)
Admission:  Free and open to the public, no tickets required

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2016 Scholarship Benefit Concert


Heidi Knudsen

for her 16 years of service as SAW Office Adminitrator

heidi knudsen

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Reception to follow
$30 per person • Please call for advance tickets.

Concert: Music at Historic Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Concert 2016

Spring Concert 2016


This Saturday, April 9th, 2016 the String Academy of Wisconsin will present a Spring Concert with our entire student body of young violinists, violists, and cellists. We invite you to be our guest! The concert will take place at 10:30 AM in Bader Hall at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at UWM. This concert is FREE and open to the public. The program will feature violin and cello groups comprised of students, ages 4 to 18, ranging from beginners to the most advanced.   In addition,  two winners of this year’s solo competitions, violinist Maya Groser and cellist Andy Liu, will perform works by  Mollenhauer and L. A. Mendelssohn.

     When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 10:30 AM
     Where: UWM Peck School of the Arts Bader Hall

The music is budding like flowers!


Getting ready for the Spring Concert.





Scenes from the SAW

It’s been a while since we posted photos, but we’ve been very busy!  From libraries to retirement homes, churches and our own home at UWM, here is a small selection of highlights so you can see some of the things we’ve been up to.



String Academy 2016 Violin Competition Winners

String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM

2016 Violin Competition Winners

Maya Groser
(Boy Paganini)

Grace Woo

(Allegro Brillante)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!

Thank you to violinist/teacher Eric Ash for judging the competition.

Also, thank you to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all ten contestants.

Now Enrolling for Spring ’16

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

You’re Invited!

The String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM


All Saints Cathedral

The String Academy of Wisconsin will present two recitals this weekend which you are cordially invited to attend.

Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 P.M – The first performance is at the new East Library and takes place in the Ellipse Community Room.  The recital will feature solo performances by String Academy students and also an opportunity for young children to try out small-size instruments just for them!  East Library is located at 2320 N. Cramer St., and is Milwaukee’s newest public library – with incredible architecture, art work, and new community programs.  It’s a great opportunity to see what this library has to offer.

Sunday, November 8th
, at 2:00 P.M.– 
 We will present a special Honors Recital at the beautiful Cathedral Church of All Saints located at 818 E Juneau Ave in Milwaukee.  Students who have been nominated by faculty based on past performances are showcased in this recital, accompanied by pianist Steven Ayers.  There will also be an opportunity to bring your used books as a contribution to the All Saint’s Great Hunger Book Sale. Last year the sale grossed just over $19,000, and supports hunger funds in our own community and around the world.

There is no admission or ticketing required for either of these recitals, so please bring your friends or relatives and come join us!




Halloween Concerts Are Coming to Get You

October is here, and it’s time for an old String Academy tradition: A Halloween Spooktacular! Come see our students in costume, playing some scary tunes (and some not so scary!) .

When: Saturday, October 31st, 2015
• Concert I:  10:00 AM
• Concert II: 12:30 PM

Where: UWM Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Wear: Your Halloween costume, of course.
Admission: Free and open to the public. Hope you can come!

Kids in Costumes Playing Violin and Cello

For a trip down memory lane, here are the photos from our last Halloween Concerts.