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The String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) has sunset after 32 years.  This website is now an archival resource for Alumni and friends.  We have kept it online so you can reminisce and enjoy the many wonderful events and accomplishments that SAW produced over so many years. Alumni are not only caring contributing members of their communities, but their musical talents have taken them in many directions, on many levels. We are proud of the impact we made, and thank all of you for your support over the years.

Darcy Drexler

Director 1997-2022

If you are interested in current pre-college string teaching, we encourage you to visit UWM String Academy.

Joint Concert with Peabody Violins

We are excited to welcome our friends from the Peabody Pre-Conservatory Violin Program (Baltimore, MD) to Milwaukee!  Come join us on Sunday, April 24th, 1:30 PM in the UWM Recital Hall, for our Concert showcasing violin groups from each program, concluding with a combined performance. Don’t miss this special collaborative concert – an afternoon to listen, enjoy and support the work of both the Milwaukee and Baltimore violin students.  (Admission is free, no tickets required)

🎃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!