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The Season of Giving

December 2016

“Being a student in the String Academy of Wisconsin was one of the most important things in my life. Without the String Academy and playing my violin I would not be where I am today. I just want to thank you for this.”

~ Jonathan Landis, Law Enforcement/Violin Teacher

Dear Friend,

Today, more than ever, the Arts are fundamental to our humanity and a crucial factor in academic and professional success. Unfortunately, arts programs have been slashed from many school budgets – leaving students, especially those from low-income homes, without access to music education.

Each year, 120+ children ages 4-18, from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, study violin, viola and cello at the String Academy of Wisconsin. With careful guidance from professional artist faculty, students engage in a challenging course of study that includes weekly private and group instruction, along with classes in music theory and ear training. This comprehensive learning experience with its many performing opportunities offers much more than a music education. It offers preparation for success in school and life!

The Academy strives to make an excellent music education affordable for all through our acclaimed Urban Students in Arts Education program which includes two primary strategies for providing high quality music education to talented children and youth whose families simply cannot afford it.

  1.  Scholarships and instruments to nearly 35 students annually whose families could not otherwise
    afford music lessons.
  2. Partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools where a majority of students are from low-income homes. This year, our professional artist faculty members are providing instruction to students with demonstrated potential and a strong desire to learn at two MPS elementary schools: Escuela Vieau and Cass Street.

These students also come to the Academy for weekly group instruction and performances. These programs can only continue with contributions from foundations and generous individuals like you, who understand the profound importance of the arts in a child’s development.

Will you 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?

Your gift of any amount matters, and is greatly appreciated.


Darcy Drexler, SAW Director

Julilly W. Kohler, SAW Board Chair

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