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

Mark Halvorson, Chair
Non-Profit Organizer

Essie Commers, Treasurer

Jane Giacobassi
MRA – The Management Association HR Director

Karen Casanova
Reading Partners, Exec. Dir.
ACMS parent

Shira Burton
Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender's Office

James Sophocleus
Post Consumer Brands,
Business Unit Director

Artaria String Quartet
(ex officio)

Andrea Een, Emeritus
Prof. of Music Emeritus
St. Olaf College

Julie Himmelstrup, Emeritus
Founder and Director of
Music in the Park Series

Silvester Vicic, Emeritus
Director Sundin Music Hall





ARTARIA (non-profit) was founded in 2014 as an instrument for garnering financial support for the unique chamber music projects directed by the Artaria String Quartet. Among the most prominent activities are the following:

Your financial support of the Performing and Teaching activities of the Artaria String Quartet is essential. It provides the mechanism by which the ASQ can create and mentor chamber music in the Twin Cities. You can sponsor an ASQ educational event, a guest artist masterclass, or provide a scholarship to Stringwood or the Artaria Chamber Music School, or support the operations of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition to name just a few opportunities.

Performing Musicians everywhere need a community of active and interested patrons that support the activities of the individual or group.

Artaria is that community.

Contact Mark Halvorsen, Board Chair, at

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The quartet's websites are: