Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers

Academy faculty

Mimi Zweig

Mimi Zweig is currently Professor of Violin at the Jacobs School of Music and Director of the Indiana University String Academy. Since 1972 she has developed pre-college string programs across the United States and has been a faculty member at the Jacobs School of Music since 1976. She has given master classes and pedagogy workshops throughout the world. In 2019 Mimi Zweig was the recipient of the ASTA Artist Teacher Award. Her students have won numerous competitions and teach and perform worldwide. 

Brenda Brenner

Brenda Brenner is Eugene O'Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean (Interim) and associate professor of music in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin and courses in violin and string pedagogy.

An internationally respected pedagogue, Rebecca Henry holds the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at Peabody and brings her expertise to the students in the Conservatory and Preparatory as well as to teachers throughout the world via Peabody Pro online Pedagogy Master Classes and Teacher Workshops.  In the Conservatory she teaches Violin and Viola Pedagogy, violin and viola minors, and mentors students in the Masters of Performance/Pedagogy degree. After thirty-five years leading the development of the Preparatory String Department as Chair and Co-Chair, Henry stepped into a new role as Associate Chair of String Pedagogy where she focuses on pedagogy, curricular development, and teacher workshops. In 2007 she received funding from the Dorothy and Richard Starling Foundation to develop Peabody’s Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, which she directs.

Henry also teaches String Pedagogy at the University of Maryland and is co-founder of, an innovative web site that provides over 2000 videos designed to support students, teachers and parents in their journey towards effective and creative practice  She performs with the Washington Chamber Orchestra and the Kegelstatt Trio and for eight years she was Assistant Professor of Viola at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.  In the summers Henry co-directs Violin Practice Lab in Rockville, MD, and is on the faculty at the Indiana University Teacher’s Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists, and the Junior Division of The Heifetz International Music Festival.   Ms. Henry has given master classes and teacher workshops throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Scotland and Turkey, and her former students are performing and teaching around the world.

James Przygocki is Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming where he teaches viola, violin pedagogy and music education courses. In addition to his work with university students Mr. Przygocki teaches pre-college students for the String Academy of Wyoming and is the director of University of Wyoming String Project. Mr. Przygocki is active as a performer, conductor and clinician. He performs regularly with University of Wyoming faculty as a member of the Summit Chamber Players and serves as principal violist with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed in Europe, China, Brazil, and around the U.S. He has recorded for AK/Coburg, CRI and Indiana University Press. His viola transcriptions have been published by One World Strings.

Sherry Sinift is the director of the String Academy of Wyoming, a member of the Summit Chamber Players, adjunct faculty member of the University of Wyoming and Administrative Coordinator and Supervising Teacher for the UW String Project. Ms. Sinift is former associate concertmaster of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the United States and Europe as a member of the Hawthorne Quartet . Ms. Sinift has built exceptional violin classes at the String Academy of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University and Indiana University. She holds a MM in performance from Indiana University and a BM in performance from Western Michigan University. Her influential teachers included Tadeusz Wronski, Mimi Zweig, Rostislav Dubinsky, and Gerald Fischbach.

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Fees and deadlines

Important Note: We are accepting 30 full face-to-face participants who will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

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Fees and Deadlines for 2024 Coming Soon

Dormitory Housing

On-campus housing will be available to participants. If you have any questions, please contact 

How to apply

  1. Enrollment limit: Workshop intended for an audience of students 18-years and older. Accepting 30 in-person participants.
  2. Application process: To apply, please contact Brenda Brenner at
  3. Additional information: For more information including curriculum and scheduling, visit our blog. For questions about the workshop, please contact Brenda Brenner at For information regarding applications, fees, and any other administrative issues, please contact the Office of Jacobs Academy at

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