String Academy

Mimi Zweig

String Academy Program Director

Upcoming Pre-College String Events


More IU String concerts


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.

String Academy

Summer String Academy Click Here!

Spring Semester: January 7 - April 27

Virtuosi are off to Argentina and Chile in June 2019

Virtuosi-Formal-AR_Chile-2019.jpg  Virtuosi-AR_Chile-2019-Informal.jpg



Spring 2019 is here!

Dear Parents and Students:

We are now into our Spring Semester (but very cold outside). Our Spring Semester looks exciting….recitals, master classes, additional concerts, and then looking ahead to the Summer String Academy (its 35th year).  The dates are June 22 to July 20, 2019. The Violin Intermezzo Concert will take place on Saturday, March 23rd in the morning.

We wanted to share with you the news of all of our String Academy Competition Winners. We have had an impressive season to date, with more to come. This is a tribute to all the practicing and dedication to excellence. Bravo to all!

Bloomington Symphony Youth Competition
            1st Prize: Alice Ford
            2nd Prize: Elson Koh
New World Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis)
          Junior Division
               1st Prize: Elson Koh
               2nd Prize: Cooper Olsen
               3rd Prize: Brayden Meng

New World Youth Orchestra (Indianapolis)
        Senior Division
              1st Prize: Maya Kilburn
              2nd Prize: Isaac Camara
              3rd Prize: Abby Ko
               Honorable Mention: William Mayhew

Rising Stars Competition (Southeast Missouri State University)
              2nd Prize: Abby Ko
              Honorable Mention: Maeve Whelan

Muncie Symphony Competitio 
              Junior Division: Ethan Murphy
              Senior Division: Maya Kilburn
              Honorable Mention: Abby Ko

Fort Wayne Symphony Competition
             1st Prize: Maya Kilburn

Carmel Symphony Competition
           1st Prize: Maya Kilburn
            2nd Prize: William Mayhew
            3rd Prize:  Maeve Whelan

Louisville Symphony Competition
           2nd Prize: Maya Kilburn

Indiana University Wells Scholarship Award
           Maeve Whelan

Keep your eyes on the String Academy calendar for any updates.

All new beginners, please contact Christina Hightower at for teacher placement. Students who have previously studied must arrange to audition by contacting Christina Hightower to secure a time.

Follow us on Facebook

For questions regarding the registration process you may contact Robin Allen at

Registration remains open at:

Best wishes,

Mimi Zweig

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



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

Dear Students and Parents:

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".