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.

FALL 2018

Dear Parents and Students:

We are approaching the half way point of the FAll Semester as time is flying by.  A reminder that the Violin and Cello Halloween Concerts are on Saturday, October 27.  These are the first concerts of the year and inspiring for all, especially our new students.

We have said good-bye to five of our teachers who are embarking on exciting careers. Maria Jose Romero has accepted a position at Blair Music School at Vanderbilt University. Clara Vazquez will be teaching at the Duke University String School and working with Erica Shirts, a former String Academy teacher. Rose Sciaroni is moving to Lake Tahoe, CA and will be establishing her own String Academy.  Lastly, Kelly Knox accepted a position in the Orchestra NOW at Bard College. Zoe Martin-Doike will be joining the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in NYC. We will miss them but are happy for their futures. We are happy to announce that Esteban Hernandez will be joining our faculty. He is beginning his DMA and will be with us for the next years. 

The String Academy calendar is up and will be added to as the year progresses.

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.

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For questions regarding the registration process you may contact Michele Stebbins 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".