Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute

Institute Director: Tom Rosenberg

The Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute (SPCMI) is an immersive and exciting two-week chamber music program and festival for college and pre-college string players during which world-renowned faculty work with student ensembles each day as coaches, instrumental teachers, and mentors. Music making skills including interpretation, ensemble technique, listening, and communication with an audience are emphasized. At the same time, we promote citizenship skills related to responsibility to others, encouraging positive group dynamics, and collaborative problem solving.

Please check back in early 2020 for information about the next Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute!

Jasper String Quartet , 2019 SPCMI Faculty. Photo by Dario Acosta.

Jasper String Quartet, 2019 SPCMI Faculty. Photo by Dario Acosta.

Director Tom Rosenberg, with students

Director Tom Rosenberg, with students

Each student lives in a single air-conditioned dorm room and has chamber music coachings, private lessons, and performance opportunities. Dorms, meals and recreation facilities are on the beautiful campus of Macalester College in the heart of the culturally rich Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The institute is held at The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, a few minutes’ walk from the dormitory and dining hall. The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music (SPCM) is a nonprofit music school, founded in 1985, that provides music lessons, group classes, camps, and performances in Saint Paul and the surrounding communities. SPCM offers high quality musical education to students of all ages taught by a world-class faculty of working musicians. We enrich the lives of our students and of our audiences through the joy of music.

ELIGIBILITY: The institute is open to college, graduate, and pre-college (grades 7-12) string students – individually or in pre-formed groups. Enrollment is limited, and early application is strongly encouraged.

(June 23–July 7, 2019)

Paul Katz, Cello

Paul Katz, Cello

Featured Faculty: Paul Katz

Paul Katz is known to concertgoers the world over as cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, which during an international career of 26 years made more than 2500 appearances on four continents, in all of the music capitals, great concert halls and music festivals of the world, as well as at the White House, on multiple television programs, and at “The Grammy Awards” (in 1973, the first classical musicians ever to appear on that show).

Mr. Katz teaches at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and has taught at Rice University and at the Eastman School of Music. He has mentored many of the fine young string quartets on the world’s stages today and is one of America’s most sought after cello teachers whose cello students hold membership in many of the finest quartets and have achieved international recording and performance careers with solo CD’s on Decca, EMI, Channel Classics, and Sony Classical.

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J Freivogel, Violin

Tom Rosenberg, Institute Director, Cello

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Timothy Lovelace, Guest Artist, piano


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Patty McPherson, Administrator


Rie Tanaka, Student Life Coordinator

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Jesse Nummelin, Student Life Coordinator

SPCMI Curriculum

Students receive daily chamber music coaching and a minimum of three private lessons with world-renowned faculty. Numerous solo and chamber music masterclasses are offered by faculty and guest artists. Student performances include solo and chamber music concerts. Depending on scheduling, attendance at other concerts or special events in the Twin Cities may be arranged.