Artaria Mission

Artaria centers on string quartet performance and education in Minnesota.
It is committed to presenting inspiring live performances,
to mentoring string players of all ages, and to illuminating the world's great repertoire
of chamber music to a broad audience.

"As both performers and pedagogues, the members of the Artaria String Quartet are at the center of the Twin Cities string quartet scene."
Rob Hubbard Pioneer Press


Board of Directors

Karen Casanova
Reading Partners,
Executive Director

James Sophocleus
Vice Chair
Post Consumer Brands, Business Unit Director

David Grandstrand
TCF Banker, retired

Nancy Oliveros
Artaria String Quartet

Ray Shows
Artistic Administrator
Artaria String Quartet
St. Olaf College faculty

Shira Burton
Attorney, Hennepin County
Public Defender's Office

David Knapp
Boston Scientific, V.P. Corporate Research

Tom Peterson
Google, Customer Engineer


Julie Himmelstrup
Board member Emeritus
Founder Music in the Park Series

Silvester Vicic
Director Emeritus
Director Sundin Music Hall






ARTARIA, a designated 501(c)(3) public charity, is an instrument to raise and distribute financial support for the unique chamber music projects directed by the Artaria String Quartet (ASQ).

Among the most prominent activities are the following:

Performing Musicians everywhere need an active and attentive community of patrons that support the activities of the individual or group. Strong public and private support of Artaria's performing and teaching activities is essential. A broad base of financial support provides a mandate by which the Artaria String Quartet creates and mentors chamber music to people of all ages,social demographics in Minnesota.

Funding can be directed towards Artaria String Quartet performances, guest artist masterclasses, scholarships to participate in the Stringwood or the Artaria Chamber Music School educational programs, or to general operation support for the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, to name just a few areas of impact.

Support Live Chamber Music

Contact Karen Casanova, Board Chair, at

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To visit Artaria's main programs, here are the links: