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The Artaria Chamber Music School, created in 2002, is regarded as one of the nation's premiere chamber music programs for advanced string players through grade twelve. Members of the highly respected Artaria String Quartet serve as founders, directors, and primary coaches in St. Paul.
At the core of ACMS are one-hour or 90 minute coachings throughout the season with a member of the ASQ focusing on responsibility for the musical and technical integrity of each piece, positive group dynamics, and effective communication. Masterclasses with prominent guest artists, which include the Miami, Pacifica and St. Lawrence String Quartets, and members of the Guarneri and Borromeo Quartets, serve as additional inspiration for aspiring chamber musicians.
The Artaria Chamber Music School’s primary teaching and performance location is the historical Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist located on Summit Hill at 60 Kent Street in Saint Paul (see map). ACMS young artists also perform regularly at Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall as prelude to the Artaria String Quartet's annual concert series, and on their own series at Cornelia House at Episcopal Homes.
ACMS Young Artists perform outstanding public recitals and outreach concerts each season at well-known Twin Cities venues including the Southern Theater and Concordia College with dancers from Ballet Arts Minnesota, and guest performances on MPR's "Talking Volumes". Many young artists of the ACMS also prepare each year to compete in top chamber music competitions and have received national recognition as prize-winners of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition. The annual Switcheroo, an evening of sightreading and refreshments for current students and alumni, is one of the many ways ACMS students bond and enjoy each other's company beyond rehearsals and coachings.
Students are accepted into the Artaria Chamber Music School through personal audition and teacher recommendation. Auditions are held in August and throughout the year and are scheduled on an individual basis. Information regarding fees, recital and masterclass dates, the Switcheroo, maps, audition requirements, and an application, are all posted on the ACMS website.
Recognized for their commitment to the development of young artists, Artaria has served as Ensemble-in Residence and Artist/Teachers at the internationally-renowned Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA and are multi-grant recipients for outreach activities from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Heartland Fund, and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.
Artaria is passionate about offering authentic performances in both concert and outreach settings and to engaging the minds of the next generation of chamber musicians in the exploration and presentation of the great masterpieces. To this end, the Artaria String Quartet presents an annual concert series at Sundin Hall on the campus of Hamline University in St Paul. ACMS students are always welcome to these concerts FREE of charge.
In the ACMS, we have created the P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E. method as a checklist for success in their ensemble: Performances, Rehearsals, Accountability, Communication, Time Management, Individual Preparation, Collaboration, and Enjoyment.
PERFORMANCES AND MASTERCLASSES: Participation is expected at all trimester ending concerts, masterclasses and other scheduled events throughout the season. Additionally, selected ensembles will have opportunities to represent ACMS at various outreach performances.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Students learn the importance of accountability for the success of their chamber ensemble experience. With one person to a part in every piece, it is vitally important that each member of the ensemble be fully present at all coachings and rehearsals with the music pre-pared (“pre” means in advance). Official coaching dates are scheduled prior to the beginning of the season. Coaching times will be assigned by individual faculty members at the start of each trimester. In the event of an emergency, ensemble members and their faculty coach should be contacted, and an alternate coaching time may be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty.
COMMUNICATION: (Internal) ACMS students take communication in their groups to an art form. Performances are enhanced by improving internal communication among group members. (External) Players are advised to exchange phone numbers and email addresses with each other and their coach, and it is recommended that they keep a copy of this vital information in their cases and on their calendars.
TIME MANAGE: Time management in a string quartet is crucial to success in today's hectic lifestyle. Mark your calendars well and be prepared to make decisions that are good for your group and still work for you.
INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION: Without individual practice and preparation the rehearsals can go awry. Remember, a RE-hearsal is a RE-do. It means you have already prepared the notes before you arrive. This allows you to spend most of the time working as a team on the music!
COLLABORATE: Be the best team player in the group. Help others achieve their goals and ideas and you will succeed as well.
ENJOY: By all means, take time to enjoy this great repertoire of music. Work hard to improve your understanding and performance of the music and never forget to enjoy the journey as it is happening!
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