Artaria Mission

The Artaria String Quartet is committed to chamber music excellence in performance and education, focusing on inclusivity and enriching the vibrant culture representative of Minnesota and our community. Through pedagogy, collaborations, and thoughtfully curated concerts, Artaria strives to embrace the cultural landscape of an evolving world by celebrating the diversity of voices in the modern age while reflecting and preserving our musical heritage.

"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
- Chair
Northside Achievement Zone, Chief Development Officer

Tom Peterson
- Secretary
Google, Customer Engineer

David Grandstrand
- Treasurer
TCF Banker, retired

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

Nicole Parks
MN_ASTA President, Semiosis Quartet

John McGlaughlin Williams
Grammy Winning Conductor/Violinist

Nancy Oliveros
ASQ member (ex officio)

Annalee Wolf
ASQ member (ex officio)

Patty Ryan
ASQ member (ex officio)


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.

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Contact Karen Casanova, Board Chair, at

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