String Academy

A program providing unique opportunities for dedicated young string players to realize their full musical potential, within a community of motivating and nurturing faculty.



The University of Louisville String Academy

The University of Louisville String Academy offers a comprehensive program of lessons, masterclasses, chamber music, music theory, and concerto performance opportunities with orchestra, aimed at the highest level of pre-college talent. The Academy meets primarily on Saturdays throughout the school year.

Our Students
Academy students are chosen by competitive auditions. We accept only the most talented and accomplished string students in the region. A limited number of full scholarships are available to deserving students through a generous grant from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.


The University of Louisville School of Music string faculty are the primary Academy faculty. All of the artist faculty have extensive teaching and performing experience, both nationally and internationally.


Masterclasses are offered in each instrument. Any Academy student is eligible to perform, based on his or her private teacher’s nomination. Masterclasses are taught by our faculty, as well as internationally known guest artists.

Private lessons, taught by the Academy’s artist faculty, are offered in violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Chamber Music
We consider chamber music experience essential to the highest development of musical ability. Therefore, each student participates in a small ensemble, having regular coachings with our artist faculty.

Concerto Workshops
All students participate in the Concerto Orchestra, whose purpose is to provide opportunities for students to rehearse and perform their concertos with full orchestral accompaniment on a regular basis. This is an offering unique to the Academy, not offered elsewhere in the region.

All students have regular music theory classes to help strengthen their musicianship, reading skills and understanding of the structure of music.

Performance Opportunities
Each Academy student has the opportunity to perform on a regular basis, in recitals presented for both solo works and chamber music.

2020-21 String Academy Calendar:


Video auditions may be submitted String Academy director Brittany MacWilliams at: or

Audition Requirement:

One piece of applicant’s choice that showcases his/her musical and technical skills. 
Deadline: September 12, 2020

Academy meetings are in person starting on Saturday, September 19, 10 am-2 pm.


String Academy Application

 Financial Aid Application

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Brittany MacWilliams at Please email or mail the following application to:

Professor Brittany MacWilliams

String Academy Director

University of Louisville

School of Music

Louisville, KY 40292