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by Katya Papatla

Katya Papatla studied at the String Academy of Wisconsin for 13 years. She is currently a freshman at Duke University.

It is 8:00 am and I am sitting in the back row of room 320, watching the usual Saturday morning violin class commence. I observe the small, fumbling hands, watch […]

The Quarter Note – Opus 17 No 1 – May 2008

In this issue:

Dr. Erwin O. Hirsch honored with the 2008 Arts Leadership Award SAW alumni Jamie Hofman is appointed as new violin/viola faculty Tom Springmann remembered SAW alum Alex Ayers makes his debut with the Waukesha Symphony SAW alum Sarah Kapustin wins first place in the International Instrument Competition […]

Jamie Hofman Joins String Academy Faculty

Jamie Hofman

We are pleased to announce the appointment of SAW alum Jamie Hofman to the faculty of the String Academy. Mr. Hofman is a Milwaukee native and studied with James Przygocki and Mimi Zweig while a student at SAW. He earned a B.M. in viola and violin performance, in addition to a […]

Student News

Katharine Gorsuch spent her Christmas vacation playing in the New York String Seminar. The orchestra was conducted by Jaime Laredo with the violin soloist, Isaac Stern. She was selected from students all over the country. Eleven SAW students from the SAW Chamber Orchestra spent December 2 and 3 in Bloomington, IN, at Indiana University […]

Cory Cerovsek Gives Masterclass

Corey Cerovsek

Corey Cerovsek was in Milwaukee for the weekend of January 8. He was scheduled to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony, but due to the musicians’ strike, this did not come to pass. He spent Saturday morning at UWM with String Academy students giving a master class. Shemida Anderson, Adam […]

Midori Masterclass at the String Academy


On Monday, November 1, Midori gave a two and a half hour master class for SAW and UWM students. What a thrill! Six students performed for her and she got right to the point with each student offering them suggestions for a more convincing performance. Performing were Sarah Kapustin with the 2nd […]

Stupendous Students

Four SAW students (along with four violinists from MYSO) performed the first movement of the J.S. Bach double violin concerto with the MSO on an ACE concert March 25th, 1993. These SAW students were: David Ammon, Kelly Chmielewski, Andy Hsu, and Cathy Jang.

Eliza Hamner, MSO Young Artist Competition Winner

Eliza […]

Student News

Sarah Kim‘s family has moved to Kansas City, but Sarah is flying into Milwaukee every other week for lessons. She will be performing the Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 with the Catholic Symphony on Sunday, November 8, 1992. Meghan McGowan won first place in the State Fair Junior Fiddling Contest. Cathy Jang is the Co-Concertmaster […]

Members of the Lafayette String Quartet Visit SAW

The Lafayette String Quartet visits the String Academy (April 1992)

Saturday, April 4, Grandparent’s Day at the String Academy, began with master classes by members of followed by an informal concert. This event was made possible by the Pabst Artist Series Worklights Residency Program. After lunch, String Academy students […]

Around the Town with Trischa Seaman

Who's in the kitchen? Jim and Darcy!

Mimi threw a great party after the Joshua Bell concert!

String Academy students who diligently sold recital tickets were rewarded with an invitation to an extravagant reception following the Bell concert. These students were: Katy Gorsuch, Meghan McGowan, Diana Stelloh, Sarah Kapustin, Cyrus Beroukhim, Erica Smith, […]