Dear students and parents,

The ACMS 2020-21 coachings are underway, and we still have room for you to participate. Many new and returning students are currently enjoying the fall trimester, playing chamber music in-person, outdoors and socially distanced. 


While we wait for St. John's on Summit Hill to be available to us, Fall coachings are outdoor backyard events with safe physical distancing and mandatory mask wearing (weather permitting), or in-person large-room masked events. We are also prepared to coach virtually on the Zoom Meeting platform or similar.


As always, each one-hour coaching focuses on both individual and ensemble development, as well as the historical perspective and social significance of selected chamber music masterpieces. 


Just a little context: for the past 18 years Artaria has shared its collective professional and artistic experience and knowledge to over 500 serious string students. During this time, we have enrolled students from GTCYS/MYS and the finest teaching studios in Minnesota.


Covid-19 notwithstanding, this school year students are learning Artaria’s core P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E method, receiving expert guidance during weekly coaching and triannual guest masterclasses, exploring music with relevance to society and various music recording solutions for performances.


The ACMS curriculum is divided into three trimesters devoted to the Classical, 19th Century/Nationalist, and Modern chamber music repertoire, culminating in three concerts highlighted by student-prepared program notes. The 2020 Fall Concert will be Virtual, featuring pre-recorded groups and live student introductions.


Students can register online at

Audition requirements are at the website.


If you are a returning ACMS student, you are not required to submit audition videos. New students, we need to hear you play in order to assign you to an appropriate group.

We are enjoying connecting to each other in meaningful ways, and bringing the great art of chamber music into your life and to our community.


Ray, Nancy, Annalee, and Patty

The Artaria String Quartet

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Artaria String Quartet


The Artaria Chamber Music School, created in 2002, is regarded as one of the nations's premiere chamber music programs for serious string players through grade twelve. Members of the ARTARIA STRING QUARTET serve as primary coaches and are  recognized  for their passionate teaching style and commitment to preparing a new generation of chamber musicians, filled with spirit and integrity.

My understanding of how a good quartet operates and works together improved a lot. It was the first time that I have felt like a quartet was truly a team.

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To provide a rich environment of musical and personal collaboration that encourages creativity, promotes leadership skills, and passes the great traditions of chamber music on to the next generation.

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