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Go With The Published Sheet Music

Sheet music for your studies can be acquired in different ways, ordering from the many online music outlets, purchasing from your local music store and downloading from the internet. A public domain internet library can give a student free immediate access to music, but let’s remember YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Too many […]

Violafest West, featuring SAW’s own Jamie Hofman!

We wish Jamie Hofman well in his adventures to the University of Wyoming, Laramie!

You’re Invited: Florestan Duo, December 3 @ 3:00pm

The Florestan Duo, comprised of String Academy and UWM faculty member Stefan Kartman (cello) and Jeannie Yu (piano), present a recital of Chamber Music with friends.

Program Bach/Siloti Adagio Samuel Barber Cello Sonata Richard Strauss Cello Sonata Tchaikovsky “Pezzo Capriccioso”

The Florestan Duo have been in residence in Milwaukee, giving performances together and as […]

Faculty Performance: Jichen Li with the Sheboygan Symphony

Mozart and Tchaikovsky

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 […]

Summer in China

This past June, String Academy faculty members Darcy Drexler and Stefan Kartman gave a series of workshops for the Chaoyang District music teachers, masterclasses and performances for the China Conservatory of Music Middle School, and met with government officials to discuss ways to improve music education in Beijing’s largest school district. Under the auspices of […]

Free Concert: The Vickery Three

The Vickery Three Presented by The String Academy of Wisconsin Tuesday, August 19, 7:30pm UWM Peck School of the Arts Free Admission


Nathan Vickery, cellist in the New York Philharmonic and active chamber musician Allison Vickery, award-winning pianist attending the University of Indianapolis Peter Vickery, violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and faculty […]

Cellist Stefan Kartman to Join SAW Faculty

Stefan Kartman, cello faculty

The String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM is pleased to announce the hiring of Stefan Kartman as its newest cello faculty. Stefan Kartman is currently Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In addition to solo performance, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of the Kneisel Trio […]

Welcome, New Faculty!

Lea Matthys

This fall we are excited to welcome new cello faculty member Lea Matthys to the String Academy of Wisconsin. She will also be teaching our music theory classes. Ms. Matthys comes to us from Cincinnati with her husband, Joel Matthys, composer and new music theory professor at Carroll University. Please help make Ms. Matthys feel […]

Darcy Drexler: A Trip to Brazil

by Darcy Drexler

Last October, I was invited to Brazil and presented string pedagogy lectures, gave masterclasses and worked with string teachers at the 8th Nathan Schwartzman Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil and then in Porto Alegre at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Founded by Cora Caparelli, the Schwartzman Festival is led […]

Welcome, New Faculty!

This fall we are excited to welcome two new faculty to the String Academy of Wisconsin: Michael Ferraro and Peter Vickery. Both Peter and Michael bring excellent credentials and experience with them, and we look forward to what they will contribute to our school. Please help us make them feel at home by saying hello […]