Mimi Zweig

Summer String Academy Director



Summer 2020




Dear 2020 Indiana University Summer String Academy Applicants:

First, thank you for applying to the 2020 Indiana University Summer String Academy. It was a joy listening to the many excellent applicants. With great sadness I am informing you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Summer String Academy. The COVID-19 threat that has gripped the world has forced us to consider the health and well-being of all. Today there are many unknowns, and the risks are too great to plan on congregating in one place for four weeks.

We will all get through this crisis and will begin planning for 2021. Please continue practicing and be thinking of Summer String Academy 2021.

Many best wishes and stay healthy,


Mimi Zweig



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For Violinists, Violists, and Cellists ages 12-18

Private lessons: Students receive two one-hour private lessons weekly. Assistant teachers are available to help students with practicing. Features of the program:

Master classes: String Academy faculty give a weekly two-hour master class. Both guest artists and String Academy faculty give additional evening master classes. Each student will attend the weekly master class and will be asked by their private teacher to perform when prepared. Pianists are available for rehearsals, lessons, classes and concerts.

Chamber music: Chamber music assignments will be made based on the audition recording. Students may also choose to audition in person on the first Sunday of the Academy. Groups will be arranged according to individual playing level; every effort is made to arrange compatible groups. Chamber music groups rehearse from 11 - 1 four days a week. Younger students will participate in the chamber orchestra on Tuesday and Thursday. Many groups will perform during the final week.

Recitals: Students have the opportunity to perform in scheduled recitals with their teacher's approval. Recitals take place each Friday and/or Saturday, and more often during the final week. Most evenings are devoted to master classes, concerts, movies, and planned activities.


Written for the 35th Anniversary of the Summer String Academy, "Double Sonata for Violin and Piano" by William Harvey and performed by William Harvey, Erin Aldridge, Justin Bartlett and Aram Arakelyan.

Written for the 30th Anniversary Summer String Academy Concert, GDG (!) by Atar Arad and performed by members of the Rubens Quartet (Sarah Kapustin, Roeland Jaegers,Joachim Eijlander)

Written for the 25th Anniversary of the Summer String Academy, "Dialogue" by William Harvey and performed by William Harvey and Erin Aldridge.