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Hello, and welcome to our newly updated website! Whether you are a parent, a student, teacher, alumni, donor, prospective student, or just curious, there is much to find here. So please look around and explore.

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 and viola.    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. SAW’s summer teacher training workshops are attended by string players from across the United States, Canada and Europe.

🎃The Great Halloween Concert of 2021! 🎃🦇

We are very excited to announce that this Saturday, October 30th, at 11:00 AM, is a great String Academy tradition: the Halloween Concert!  We hope you can join us to see and enjoy the great work our students have done since we’ve been able to return in person.  This year, we have an additional viewing option. You may now watch the concert LIVE on YouTube (see link below to share with friends and family)  If attending in person, keep in mind that masks are required on campus at UWM.  Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

When: Saturday, October 30th, 2021, 11:00 AM
Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public. 
YouTube Live Stream: https://youtu.be/xCwhzcmovj0

2021 Practice Competition Results

Congratulations to this year’s practice competition winners! 🎉

Livestream Concert

On April 23, 2021, students of the String Academy were featured on the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay’s Livestream Concert Series. You can now view the full program on YouTube by clicking here.

Dear String Academy Friends and Families,
Can you believe that Spring is just around the corner? Although we are not doing our traditional flower sale, our partner of 31 years, Shady Lane Greenhouse, has again offered a good option for those of us who would like to purchase flowers or other plants.
If you go to Shady Lane Greenhouse in person and tell them that your purchase should go to support the String Academy of Wisconsin, they will donate 25% of your purchase price to the String Academy!  (TIP: If you’re there on the weekend, you also might want to bring the kids to see their really neat KFH Legacy Model Train in action! 🚂)
Some details to understand:

  • You must go in person to Shady Lane GreenhouseW172N7388 Shady Ln, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051,  (Simply go west on Good Hope and turn North onto Shady Lane) (262) 251-1660
  • You must tell them your purchase supports the String Academy of Wisconsin
        (they will write up your order on an invoice, instead of the cash register)
  • This program runs from April 1- June 30.  You can go as many times as you wish.  
  • This program only applies to regular priced items. But it does include their vast selection of plants, nursery stock, gardening supplies and merchandise, as well as get personalized advice from our helpful staff. Special orders are welcome too.
  • You may also call in your order for pick-up. (262) 251-1660
    Be sure to tell them the order benefits the String Academy of Wisconsin.

Thank you for your support!

Dona Nobis Pacem

We are happy to share with you this virtual performance of “Dona Nobis Pacem,” recorded in Dec. 2020. We wish everyone a peaceful and healthy 2021! https://youtu.be/WpIkdjcYAJM

Now Enrolling for Spring 2021!

The String Academy of Wisconsin(SAW) is now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester.  This year, SAW is providing Individual and Group violin and viola lessons via Zoom. Come join us for excellent instruction, on-line performing opportunities, and music theory/aural skills activities. It’s a great opportunity to keep your child motivated and engaged, besides building valuable skills! To learn more or register, visit: https://www.stringacademyofwisconsin.org/programs/academic-year-program/ 

Seasons’ Greetings from the String Academy of Wisconsin! 🎻❄

While we are not face to face, we are still connected and feel we are still providing an extraordinary music education to our students, showing them how to use music to both elevate and deepen their experience of these unordinary times. Will you please 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? You can make your donation by check (please mail to: String Academy of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 11941, Milwaukee, WI 53211) or by credit card or PayPal by clicking here, or visiting us at https://www.stringacademyofwisconsin.org/donate/

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2020!

Dear Friends,
The String Academy of Wisconsin is embarking on its 31st year. For Fall 2020 we are offering Individual and Group ON-LINE violin and viola lessons! Come join us for excellent instruction, on-line performing opportunities, and music theory/aural skills activities. It’s a Great Opportunity to keep your child motivated and engaged, besides building valuable skills! To learn more or register, click here.

Ode to JOY

During this very unusual semester, String Academy students have been busy preparing this virtual group recording project of Ode to Joy. Please enjoy!

Spring Concert POSTPONED

In lieu of Governor Evers and the CDC pronouncement of curtailing gatherings of people, I am postponing String Academy”s March 14th Spring Concert until further notice. This is disappointing as all have worked so hard these past few months, but we need to heed what medical experts are recommending.

Also- following UWM, we will extend SAW’s Spring Break another week. March 15-29.Individual lessons will commence March 30. However, Saturday GROUP classes are put on hiatus until April 10th when the situation will be reassessed.  

SAW Flower Sale packets were to be distributed this Saturday.  We will send you an electronic flower packet this week and work to get the hard copy as soon as we can. We will keep you informed as much as we can. Please contact us at SAW office or email if you have questions.

Darcy Drexler