String Academy

String Academy

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 Jacobs School of Music String Academy

Spring Semester: January 13 - May 2, 2020

Summer programs are still pending.

Summer I: May 4 - May 30, 2020
Summer II: June 22 - July 18, 2020

March 22, 2020

Dear Students and Parents:

We are in the midst of a very surreal and strange time, the likes of which I have not experienced in my lifetime. The String Academy is up and running in the 21st century cyberspace world which is a new experience. I have met with all the teachers who have and or will be contacting you to set-up online lessons.

The solo recitals that are scheduled for April will not happen and hopefully by May we can reschedule.

The Summer International String Academy has been canceled. There are too many unknowns with students coming from around the world and playing and living in close quarters for four weeks. We are hoping to run a “regular” String Academy during the summer months if the world situation is under control and if the Jacobs School will be open. We have to be patient for these details to unfold.

Please work closely with your private teacher to schedule online lesson times. Because the university is only online for the remainder of the semester there will be no helper lessons.

The silver lining in the “Time of Corona” is the many hours of practice time available. When we come out of this, I am looking forward to the amazing progress that will have been made and we will have a major celebration.

We will keep you updated with the latest information.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Many best wishes from the String Academy faculty,


Competition results from 2019-2020

Louisville Symphony Competition
              1st Prize – Maya Kilburn

The Michael Ben & Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest (Indianapolis Symphony)
              1st Prize – Phillip Hammond
              3rd Prize – Abby Ko

Sphinx Competition (Semi-finals): Phillip Hammond and Ethan Murphy

New World Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis)

              Junior Philharmonic Prize: Kelton O’Connell
              Junior: Miranda Isbitts
              Senior 1st Prize – Alice Ford
              Senior 2nd Prize – Abby Ko and William Mayhew

 Carmel Symphony Competition

              1st Prize – Cooper Olsen
              2nd Prize – Phillip Hammond
              3rd Prize – William Mayhew

 The Rising Star Young Artist Concerto Competition Southeast Missouri State University

              1st Prize – Phillip Hammond
              2nd Prize – Cooper Olsen

 The Eisemann International Young Artist Competition
              3rd Prize – Maya Kilburn

Muncie Symphony Competition
              Junior 1st Prize - Cooper Olsen
              Senior 1st Prize - Phillip Hammond
              Honorable Mention - Alice Ford

Evansville Symphony Competition
              2nd Prize - Ethan Murphy

Brown Competition in Columbus, IN
              3rd Prize – Minjung Kim

Columbus Symphony Competition
               1st Prize – Minjung Kim

The PRACTICE COMPETITION is over and it was a major success. Looking forward to the next one, JAN/FEB 2021

New BEGINNER and transfer students for Summer Semester need to contact Christina Hightower at

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Registration remains open at:

Best wishes,

Mimi Zweig

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Enjoy the performances of the Virtuosi in Argentina/Chile 2019  

The website STRINGPEDAGOGY.COM is now open to all.  Feel free to watch the teaching videos of Sadie The Beginner. The videos will take you through the journey of Book One. This website is a big help for students and parents of all levels. Go to:



Virtuosi-May-2018.jpg String Academy Virtuosi SHOWCASE CONCERT

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".