The SPCM Chamber Music Academy

The SPCM Chamber Music Academy: Quartet Fourzando playing Mendelssohn Qt. in F minor, movement 1

Masterclass with The Parker Quartet

Masterclass with The Parker Quartet

The SPCM Chamber Music Academy, led by Director Tom Rosenberg and Winds Coordinator Rena Kraut, offers advanced training in small ensemble skills from the region’s finest chamber musicians. Chamber music develops listening, rhythmic, interpretive, and communication skills while exposing students to amazing repertoire. Small groups offer young musicians a social experience with high-level musical study and give an important boost to their instrumental and orchestral education.

Academy Director and Coach, Tom Rosenberg, with students

Academy Director and Coach, Tom Rosenberg, with students

About Chamber Music

The SPCM Chamber Music Academy provides outstanding ensemble and citizenship training to many of the region’s outstanding young musicians.

The art of being a good chamber musician has many educational benefits. The repertoire is considered by many to include the greatest works by the greatest composers. True excellence can only be achieved when all members of the group move, breathe, and think as one. To be a good chamber musician you must learn to be a good leader and a good follower; an excellent soloist and a great accompanist; a great team player who is a responsible and communicative colleague, willing to allow the whole to exceed the sum of its parts. These skills are useful not only for music but nearly all facets of life. Good chamber music skills lead to greatly improved orchestral skills and stronger interpretive, rhythmic, and technical abilities in private lessons. Best of all, it’s fun!

2017-2018 Student Highlights

  • SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition:
    Divison A: Strings First Prize and Grand Prize
    Divison B: First Prize

  • MPR’S Minnesota Varsity:
    Quartet Fourzando was only ensemble chosen to participate & was the Audience Choice Winner

  • Mantova Chamber Music Festival:
    3 Performances by Trio Luminoso (members are all age 14) in Mantua, Italy’s historic Ducal Palace and Teatro Bibiena

2018 Masterclass

  • The Parker String Quartet

SPCM Chamber Music Academy Program

  • weekly chamber music coachings

  • numerous performance opportunities

  • competition preparation and support

  • chamber music masterclasses with guest artists and Academy faculty

Program Fees

Per musician—

  • Trios: $32/hour

  • Quartets $24/hour

  • Quintets $20/hour

Audition Information

Each audition will include 2 short solo
excerpts in contrasting style (i.e., one
slower, one faster), scales and sightreading.

Contact the department head to set up an audition time:
Strings & Piano
Chamber Music Academy Director Tom Rosenberg: 651-387-5411 or
Winds & Brass
Winds & Brass Coordinator Rena Kraut:
612-237-6437 or


Tom Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg, Academy Director

Tom Rosenberg is nationally known as a dynamic performer, teacher and chamber coach. He has been Artistic Director of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition since 1981, teaches cello and chamber music at Carleton and Macalester Colleges, is Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Music Academy and maintains a pre-college home studio. As well as regional and national awards for teaching, he is a Prize-winner at Munich and Portsmouth Quartet Competitions and three-time Naumburg Award finalist, performs with the Isles Ensemble and has been a substitute player in both the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Tom is a graduate of Oberlin and The Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Richard Kapuscinski, Paul Katz, Laurence Lesser and for chamber music, the Budapest, Cleveland, Juilliard, Guarneri and Tokyo quartets.

Rena Kraut

Rena Kraut

Rena Kraut, Winds Coordinator

Clarinet player Rena Kraut is an active freelance performer whose recent work includes concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. She plays frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra, including on their historic tour to Cuba. Dr. Kraut is principal clarinetist of the Mill City Summer Opera Orchestra and has held positions with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestras. Dr. Kraut received her D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Burt Hara, and she holds degrees from Rice and Northwestern Universities. Dr. Kraut is also the founder and Executive Director of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra.


Strings and Piano Faculty

Primary Coaches

Tom Rosenberg,  Michael Adams & Daria T. Adams

Guest Coaches and Masterclass presenters

Erin Keefe, violin: Concertmaster MNORCH,   Lincoln Center Chamber Players
Steven Copes, violin: Concertmaster SPCO, Accordo
Rugerro Allifranchini, violin: Associate Concertmaster SPCO, Accordo
Maureen Nelson, violin: SPCO, Enso String Quartet
Becca Albers, viola: Principal MNORCH, Accordo
Maiya Papach, viola: Principal SPCO, Accordo
Julie Albers, cello: Principal SPCO
Richard Belcher, cello: Enso String Quartet

Winds and Brass Faculty

Primary Coach

Rena Kraut

Guest Coaches and Masterclass presenters

Alicia McQuerry, flute: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Kathy Greenbank, oboe: Associate Principal oboe, Minnesota Orchestra
Caroline Lemen, French horn: University of Minnesota
Norbert Nielubowski, bassoon/contrabassoon: Minnesota Orchestra, UMN


Trio Luminoso performs in Mantua, Italy at the Teatro Bibiena in 2018

Trio Luminoso performs in Mantua, Italy at the Teatro Bibiena in 2018

Trio Luminoso performs in Mantua, Italy at the Ducal Palace in 2018

Trio Luminoso performs in Mantua, Italy at the Ducal Palace in 2018