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Regarded as one of the nation's premiere chamber music coaching programs, the Artaria Chamber Music School provides exceptional musical training, leadership skills, and major performing opportunities for young string players.

Founded in 2002 this exceptional program has trained over three hundred young Minnesota musicians to appreciate, interpret, and present the great classical chamber music masterpieces. We foster creativity, leadership, tradition, and excellence in our weekly coaching program and develop accountability and cooperation among members.

ACMS students are prizewinners in national competitions and have been featured on From the Top. They are prominent members of all the Twin Cities youth music programs and our Alumni can be found in major conservatories and professional ensembles around the country.


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Warner Quartet performing Piston Quartet No.5 (mvt 3) at the 2015 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition

Luna Quartet Silver medal winning performance of Mendelssohn Op.80 at the 2013 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition


Malik Quartet Bronze medal winning performance of Shostakovich No.5 at the 2011 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition



Evan Vicic - Asst. Principal Viola of the Louisville Orchestra. Subbing with the Minnesota Orch and Cincinnati Orchestra

Nora Scheller - member of the Dallas Symphony. Performed at the Verbier Festival

John Bian - In concertmaster William Preucil's studio for his Master's program at Cleveland Institute of Music

Melissa Deal - William Preucil studio at CIM.

John Belk performed with his piano trio at the Rockport Music Festival

Nora Ali - One of two Young Artist hosts for FROM THE TOP annual fundraiser in Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Hatlestad is pursuing his Masters in Music degree at Indiana School of Music

Katie Lamb SF Conservatory grad is developing a successful performing career and teaching studio in Rochester, Minnesota

Katherine Williamson is a member of the Arkansas Symphony and the Rockefeller String Quartet. Also substitute player with the Minnesota Orchestra

Jenna Bauer is performing in the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Reno Philharmonic in Nevada, and has built a thriving violin studio in the area

Natalie Alper-Laroux is a student of Roger Tapping at the New England Conservatory


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ACMS quartet MALIK competing at Fischoff


Emma Richman ('09 - present ) was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, an initiative of Carnegie Hall, which brings together student musicians ages 16-19, from across the country. This is her second year in the program, which is, itself, in its third season. Last year the group toured to venues from Carnegie Hall to the Disney Concert Hall in LA under the baton of David Robertson, music director of the St Louis Symphony and were joined by soloist Gil Shaham. This season the group opened at Carnegie Hall before embarking on a sold out concert tour to seven major venues in China lead by conductor emeritus Charles Dutoit and joined by pianist Yundi Li. The exciting tour is officially part of a U.S.-China cultural exchange. This season Emma was selected to serve as NYO-USA's concertmaster.

Emma has been a member of ACMS since the age of 12 and is now in her senior year. As a member of the Luna (Anna Humphrey, Emma, Alexandra Sophocleus, and Nora Doyle) and Warner (Joe Peterson, Emma, Madeline Warner, and Thom Ingram) String Quartets, she has earned prizes and accolades at the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (’12, ’13, ’14), Chicago’s Discover Competition (’15), the SPCO Competition (’13, ’14, ’15), and MPR’s Minnesota Varsity Showcase (’13). Additionally, the Luna Quartet’s performance on NPR’s “From the Top” (’13) was widely acclaimed. In the ACMS world of excellent chamber musicians, Emma is a hard-working, compassionate leader.


Matt Lammers (’07 – ‘11) “In May I recorded thirteen showpieces on thirteen of violin maker Keith Hill's instruments. The recording was engineered by Naxos' Wolfgang Rubsam and is scheduled for release by the label within a year. Over the next two years I will be recording the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach on six more of Hill's instruments whilst he prepares a recently acquired 1906 Bluthner piano for our capstone project: a recording of the ten Beethoven Sonatas, on ten more of his violins, with pianist Marianne Ploger of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. In exchange for this project I will select a Hill violin to call my own, which I may trade, in perpetuity, for any instrument of his made in the future I find preferable.”

As a member of the ACMS’ Malik Quartet (’07 – ’11) Matt was a prizewinner at the SPSQC (’10 and ’11) and Chicago’s Discover Competition (’11). The Malik Quartet (Matt, Melissa Deal, Mark Hatlestad, and John Belk) performed the Finale of Dvorak’s “American” Quartet to thunderous applause on NPR’s “From the Top" at the 2011 Caramoor Festival. As an alum of the Stringwood Chamber Music Festival, Matt is the newest member to join the counselor/assistant faculty quartet along with alumni Emily Vold, Laura De St Croix, and James Rosamilia. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in violin performance at Rice University in the studio of Paul Kantor.


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