String Chamber Ensembles

  • The Music Department places special emphasis on the development and performance of small ensemble practices and repertoire, making string chamber music at CSB/SJU particularly exciting and rewarding for both performers and audience members.
  • CSB/SJU is home to 7 outstanding string ensembles, including string quartets, a cello ensemble, a bass ensemble, a cello choir, and a viola da gamba consort.
  • The repertoire performed is expansive, ranging from early classical to modern works.
  • Participating students enjoy working closely with faculty to develop the skills necessary for high-quality chamber music performance; coaching sessions occur weekly, and often more frequently.
  • String chamber music coaches are  Dr. David Arnott and Dr. Joshua Schwalbach.
  • Many students take part in extra, independent rehearsals to further develop the skills they learn from their coaches.
  • Performances occur with formal Chamber Orchestra concerts, student recitals, weddings, church services, community events, community school outreach, and many other opportunities (the piano quintet recorded a CD).
  • Interested students should register for MUSC 240I, which can be taken for 0-1 credit.
  • For more information, contact Dr. David Arnott.

String Chamber Ensembles Concert Series 2021-2022

Spring 2022

April 21, 7:30 p.m., Gorecki Theater (CSB)

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
Chair, Music Department


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Kelly Brueske
Coordinator, Music Department


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