UWM Music Viola Studios and Orchestras Ensembles
UWM Music Viola Studios and Orchestras Ensembles
UWM Music Viola Studios and Orchestras Ensembles
UWM Music Viola Studios and Orchestras Ensembles
UWM Music Viola Studios and Orchestras Ensembles

The viola studio provides high quality education for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our mission is to prepare local, out-of-state and international students to succeed in a variety of careers in music: soloist, orchestra and chamber musician, and string educator. This preparation includes access to tracks in performance, chamber music, music education and string pedagogy. The student experience is enhanced by master classes offered by faculty and guest artists and performance opportunities in solo and chamber music settings on and off campus. Students interested in pedagogy and music education tracks can benefit from internships or clinics through the UWM String Academy, Milwaukee Public Schools and local strings programs such as Latino Arts or the Milwaukee Youth Symphony orchestra (MYSO).

Ensemble Opportunities

Please fill out the ensemble interest form below to join any of our music ensembles, or if you have any questions.

Guest Artists

Viola Master Class Guest Artists at UW-Milwaukee have included Peter Slowik, Tony Devroye, Matthew Michelic and Richard O’Neill.


UWM viola students have won positions with the Utah Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival, and the Sheboygan Symphony. They have also performed with the Chicago Philharmonic, the Joffrey Ballet, the Kenosha Symphony, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Lakeview Orchestra, the Oistrakh Symphony and the Festival City Symphony.

In addition to starting their own viola studios, our graduates have secured teaching positions that include joining the faculty at Lawrence University, the String Academy of Wisconsin, the Latino Arts String Program- Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Programs.

Entrance Auditions/Interviews & Admission

Peck School of the Arts undergraduate and graduate programs may require additional steps to enter. For most dance, music and theatre programs, applicants must first be accepted to UWM, apply to Peck School of the Arts and complete entrance requirements such as an audition and/or interview.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Meet like-minded people in a wide variety of student organizations and clubs who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and deepen your connection with faculty, mentors and fellow students outside of the classroom.

Music Programs

Music studios are connected to a variety of academic programs, including majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs. This is a full list of programs offered by the Department of Music.


Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Music faculty and staff please follow the link below.

Claudia Lasareff Mironoff Headshot
  • Adjunct Professor, Viola
Bernard Zinck HEADSHOT
  • Associate Professor, Violin
  • Area Head, Strings and String Pedagogy
  • Chamber Music Coach
Important Dates

Entrance Auditions
For Music BA, BFA and Masters programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
February 19, 2024
March 8, 2024
April 5, 2024


Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator
Kay Speidel, music-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Coordinator
Tim Noonan, tpnoonan@uwm.edu

Student Services
Contact Form | 414-229-4763