Mimi Zweig

String Academy Program Director

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New Payment Policy

The String Academy faculty is no longer allowed to continue lessons if full payment is not received by the end of the second week of the semester.  To avoid any uncomfortable situations, there is a deadline on the registration form that indicates when payment is expected.  If there are questions regarding payment options, please contact Christina Hightower at or at 812-856-1523.

The website STRINGPEDAGOGY.COM is now open to all.  This website is a big help for students and parents of all levels. Go to:

May 2016

Dear Students and Parents:

Summer is almost here and did this year whiz by very quickly.  We are looking forward to the May 7th Violin Spring Gala Conceret where we will honor our four graduating seniors - Hannah Cleveland, Josep Han, Alex Deliyannis and Sydney Hartwick.  They are all off to various wonderful universities next season. May 15th is the Cello Spring Gala Concert featuring our largest ever cello class. The 15+ recitals this past April were a tribute to all students, teachers and parents and demonstrated the continued dedication to excellence. Thank you to everyone!

Some news from this past semester:
Maria Sanderson won first place in the Junior Sphinx Competition, Maya Kilburn was the winner of the Fort Wayne Symphony Competition, and Sydney Hartwick performed with the Indianapolis Symphony as winner of the ISO Side by Side Competition. Congrats to all! 

The Violin Virtuosi are touring Argentina this June with concerts in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Neuquen, Olavarria, San Juan, and a few other cities.  Follow our travels on the String Academy FACEBOOK site,

Some exciting news for Tzeying Wu....she has accepted the position of Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Academy.  She will be very missed by us in Bloomington and Little Rock gained a "gem".

And then, our two Summer Sessions are ready to begin.  Summer I dates are May 2 to May 28, and Summer II is set for June 25 to July 23.  Hold on to your hats because the concerts, lessons, master classes and general level of excitement is something to behold. The Summer II Concert Schedule will be posted very soon.

Registration deadline for Summer I is April 29, 2016

Looking ahead to FALL 2016:
All new students, please contact Christina Hightower at  Students who have had previous training outside the String Academy are required to audition. The audition will take place on SAT, August 20, 2016.  Please contact Christina Hightower ( to secure a time.

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Reminders: Please confirm your private lesson time with your teacher for the Summer Sessions I and II. For questions regarding the registration process you may also contact Michele Stebbins at

All About the String Academy

The String Academy is open to children ages 5 -18 who wish to study the violin and cello through a curriculum that includes private and group lessons, theory and master classes, chamber music, and performance opportunities. Instruction is based upon the methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Suzuki, and Paul Rolland. Beginning students participate weekly in both a private and group lesson. Parents are urged to support and encourage the students at private and group lessons and in daily practice.

The special training, experience and expertise of the outstanding faculty in the musical education of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity. The first years of music instruction are the most important, for they set the stage for everything that follows. Whether a child develops into a professional musician or an amateur, the skills of concentration and the joy and love for music will remain forever.

Please download the String Academy Handbook [PDF] for guidelines and detailed information about the String Academy. Adobe Acrobat is free and can be downloaded here.

For information about the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi Documentary, go to Circling Around: The Violin Virtuosi.

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