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

The UWM Violin Studio provides high quality education for violin students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The studio is committed to be an inclusive, supportive and safe learning space for all students. 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 off and on-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).

Students are encouraged to become active participants in Milwaukee’s vibrant and diverse music community. For the past twenty years, students have had the opportunity to perform as part of “Music on the Move” a monthly concert series presented at various continuing-care communities in Milwaukee. They have also performed in France at Musiques et Vignes en Confluence, a chamber music festival directed by Dr. Bernard Zinck.

Prospective students are encouraged to schedule a trial lesson with Dr. Zinck by emailing bzinck@uwm.edu.

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

  • Ambroise Aubrun
  • Rachel Barton Pine
  • Francisco Caban
  • Simon Gollo
  • Jenny Gregoire
  • Fredi Gerling
  • Er-Gene Kahng
  • Bonsori Kim
  • Matthew Michelic
  • Jeffrey Multer
  • Mariana Salles

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.

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