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String Academy Violin Competition Results

String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM 2013 Violin Competition


Sabrina Zhong (Infant Paganini)

Cassidy Franzmeier (Praeludium & Allegro)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performance!

A special thanks to MSO violinist Les Kalkhof for judging the competition.

Many thanks to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all twelve applicants.

Wentong Zhang Goes to Washington

SAW violinist Wentong Zhang writes of his experiences as a member of the 2012 Summer Music Institute of the National Symphony Orchestra. One of 70 students ( ages 15-20) chosen from throughout the U.S., he spent four weeks in Washington, D.C. Currently, Wentong is junior at Whitefish Bay High School. He has […]

2012 Cello Competition Winners

The 2012 String Academy of Wisconsin Cello Competition winners are:

Joanna Boyland Marcello Sonata in e minor , Adagio and Allegro

Katie Wasielewski Lalo Concerto in d minor Prelude, Lento-Allegro Moderato

Congratulations to all who participated!

2012 String Academy of Wisconsin Competition



Margaret Knox (Boy Paganini)

Bertrand Stone (Allegro Brillante)

Congratulations to all contestants on their performances! A special thanks to Margot Schwartz for judging the competition. Many thanks to pianist Steve Ayers for accompanying all fourteen applicants.

Picture Perfect

Have you still got some Halloween candy sitting around? Well we’ve still got Halloween photos to share! String Academy parent and professional photographer Jonathan Kirn has done it again and captured some incredible moments from our most recent Halloween Concerts. Click on the link below to visit his gallery and see the full collection. High […]

Practice Pays (with Pizza Party!)

Goltermann Duport Practice Competition Winners

2011 Practice Competition Group Winner Goltermann Duport

Cello group Goltermann Duport celebrated their Top Group Average win of the 2011 Practice Compeitiion with a pizza party, proving once again that practice pays off! Each student received a present (candy!), ate lots of pizza, enjoyed desserts made by the Simmons family, listened to fun […]

The Results are In! [Practice Competition 2011]

String Academy Practice Competition

Congratulations to all who pushed their practicing habits to new levels during our 2011 Practice Competition. In many ways, everyone who practiced is a winner. The skills and habits that you developed in your daily practice routine have already given you greater discipline, focus, and made you better musicians than you were at the […]

Reporting From Carnegie Hall

To most young musicians, playing a performance at Carnegie Hall is a dream. On February 19th, that dream came true for violinist Dee Luo, a student of Katherine Brooks at the String Academy. As part of the American High School Honors Performance Series, she and 400 other students played in the elite performance hall […]

2011 SAW Cello Competition Winner: Samuel Lee

Samuel Lee, Winner of the 2011 SAW Cello Competition

Congratulations to Samuel Lee, winner of the 2011 String Academy of Wisconsin Cello Competition. Samuel will be featured on the Spring Play-In Concert on April 16, playing the Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in d minor, RV 406I. Thanks to Trischa Loebl for adjudicating and to […]

2011 SAW Violin Competition Winners

Concerto in A minor (1st mvt.) – A. Vivaldi

Abigail Schneider Abigail Schneider has been studying violin with Katherine Brooks for six years and is a member of the String Academy of Wisconsin’s Advanced Violin Ensemble. Abigail was one of the winners of this year’s MSO Bach Double Competition. She also has […]