Arts, Culture, and Humanities

ARTARIA

  • West St Paul, MN
  • www.artaria.us

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Artaria Chamber Music School
  2. Stringwood
  3. Saint Paul String Quartet Competition
  4. Artaria String Quartet

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Service Areas

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National

Artaria is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Our programs serve the entire state of Minnesota and the nation.

ruling year

2014

Executive Director since 2014

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Mr. Ray Shows

Keywords

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Music performance and education

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EIN

04-3127326

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Music (A68)

Music (A68)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Artaria's four primary programs (ASQ performances, Artaria Chamber Music School ACMS, Saint Paul String Quartet Competition SPSQC) have all been successful in reaching those goals. The ASQ has been presenting eight chamber concerts each year in the Twin Cities as well as regional performances. The ACMS has solid enrollment of 40-50 high school string players enrolled in the study of chamber music. The SPSQC attracts the finest young ensembles across the country to compete in St Paul each year.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Artaria Chamber Music School

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. Since 2002 this exceptional program has trained hundreds of young musicians to appreciate, interpret, and present the great chamber music of the classical musical arts.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$40,000

Program 2

Stringwood

Stringwood Summer Chamber Music is an intensive summer program founded in 2000 by the Artaria String Quartet for conservatory bound string players ages 12 - 19. In step with the rich musical traditions of America’s finest chamber music centers, Stringwood provides an opportunity for in-depth study and mentoring in the wooded ecosystem of southeast Minnesota.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$70,000

Program 3

Saint Paul String Quartet Competition

Founded in 2006 as a performance forum for outstanding high school chamber musicians, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition's primary mission is to celebrate excellence in string quartet playing, foster an increased appreciation for the chamber music art form, and enhance the music culture in this country. The SPSQC has garnered a national reputation for showcasing our nations finest pre-college string players and young artists from this event now populate the most prestigious conservatories and music programs in the country.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000

Program 4

Artaria String Quartet

Nationally acclaimed, the Artaria String Quartet’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe. The Boston Globe describes Artaria as “exquisitely balanced and sonorous” and that “their musical understanding was first-rate.” The St. Paul Pioneer Press states “Artaria is likely to give eloquent voice to whatever work it tackles.” and described their Shostakovich Cycle as “emotionally taut and powerful”. They have been featured on national television and public radio stations, and have appeared at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Artaria has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Heartland Fund and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council. They are winners of a prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. The Artaria String Quartet, now in its 29th year, continues to concertize and display an authentic enthusiasm and understanding of the string quartet genre. Founded and mentored by members of the legendary Kolisch and Budapest Quartets as well as coaching by the Cleveland, Emerson, and Juilliard quartets, the ASQ presents chamber music’s finest masterpieces in the excellent acoustic of Sundin Music Hall and Wayzata Community Church. In the Twin Cities, Artaria directs the Artaria Chamber Music School, one of the Midwest’s premiere chamber music schools for advancing string players and the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, a unique National event. Artaria also directs its summer chamber music festival, Stringwood, now celebrating 16 years in southeast Minnesota.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$40,000

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Artaria's organizational goals are centered around chamber music performance and teaching in Minnesota.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Artaria engages its resident quartet (Artaria String Quartet) and their associates to teach and perform the great chamber music repertoire for Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin audiences. Each year we develop a regional residency for the Artaria String Quartet in contact with under-served audiences across Minnesota.

    The Artaria chamber music school continues to attract young string payers from across the region to rehearse and prepare six concerts each year (some are outreach performances).

    Stringwood Chamber Music Festival brings Artaria's performing and educational programming to rural SE Minnesota audiences.

    The annual Saint Paul String Quartet Competition attracts young musicians from across the US to come to St Paul and perform.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Now beginning its 30th season, the Artaria String Quartet was recently lauded by Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- “Artaria Quartet is likely to give eloquent voice to whatever work it tackles." Artaria has served as Minnesota Public Radio's Artists-in-Residence and was featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the series. The quartet has appeared at major summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L'Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. Artaria is the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Midori's Partners in Performance, the Heartland Fund and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council for performance and educational outreach.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Progress for Artaria will come in the form of increased Stringwood and Artaria Chamber Music School tuition as well as increased Artaria concert performance opportunities and revenue.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Artaria would like to provide a larger regular income to the Artaria String Quartet. We would also like to provide more access to educational programs through more outreach performances and more scholarship aid for students applying to our ACMS and Stringwood programs. We would also like to add an outreach element to the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition so that the visiting quartets could meet Minnesota students and vice versa.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Artaria is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Our programs serve the entire state of Minnesota and the nation.

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Funding Needs

Artaria needs an increase in performance fees for the Artaria String Quartet. Teaching income is solid and regular each year and the quartet would like to spend more time performing. ASQ would also like to record. After 30 years of performing and teaching we they would like a legacy of recordings on hand.

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Executive Director

Mr. Ray Shows

BIO

Artaria 1st violinist and music entrepreneur Ray Shows is a complete musician with regular performances as a chamber musician and solo recitalist. His sound "a wail of individuality" Ray made his solo debut with orchestra in his native Atlanta. As a founding member of the Artaria String Quartet, Ray has performed in major concert halls in New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis across the U.S. and in Europe. Winner of a prestigious McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship, Ray is a highly regarded chamber musician who has concertized with many renowned artists including Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), Eugene Drucker (Emerson Quartet), Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet), and Raphael Hillyer (Juilliard Quartet) and has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts in both the U.S. and Canada. He served as Principal Second Violin of the Portland Symphony for eight years and was also invited to be a concerto soloist. Other orchestral performance engagements include first violin seating with the Boston Ballet, Boston Pops Esplanade, the Boston Opera Company, Concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra, and most recently concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Ray is passionate about 20th century music and has performed and recorded music of today's leading composers, including Gunther Schuller, Augusta Read Thomas, Marjorie Merryman and Thomas Oboe Lee, commissioning solo and chamber works for his own New Music Festivals. A Teaching-Artist in Residence at the Tanglewood Institute, Ray has held positions at Boston College, Viterbo University, Florida State University and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. He was named MNSOTA Music Studio teacher of the year in 2010 and his students have soloed with major youth symphonies, received generous scholarship awards at renowned American music schools, are prizewinners at national competitions, and have appeared on National Public Radio's From the Top.

Shows received the coveted Director's Award and graduated with distinction from Boston University with his Master's Degree in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Carl Flesch protege Roman Totenberg. His Bachelor's degree (Magna Cum Laude) was received from Florida State University where he was a Brautlecht Scholar and student of Gerardo Ribeiro. Chamber Music studies were mentored by Eugene Lehner of the legendary Kolisch Quartet and by members of the Budapest, Juilliard, Emerson, Cleveland, LaSalle, Muir, and Colorado Quartets.

Shows is a member of the faculty of St. Olaf College where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music. He co-directs the Artaria Chamber Music School in St. Paul and the Stringwood Chamber Music Festival with his wife Nancy Oliveros. Shows performs on a rare violin by Andrea Castagneri and a bow by Pierre Simon.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Mark Halvorson

Non-Profit Organizer

Term: Feb 2016 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity