The Chamber Music Network

ACMP History Timeline

1946

Leonard Strauss writes a letter to friends suggesting the formation of “A Society for the Stimulation of Chamber Music”. One of these letters reaches Helen Rice as someone who might be interested. Rice becomes the founding force behind the organization.

1947

Helen Rice’s sends the first of many letter circulated to a list of friends and other players sounding out their interest.

1949

The first Directory to help chamber music players connect and play music together is distributed to 1200 people.

1953

The name is shortened to Amateur Chamber Music Players (ACMP). The first Directory that includes overseas listings is distributed.

1962

ACMP membership grows to 4000 members in North America and 1000 overseas.

1970

Amateur Chamber Music Players is incorporated as a non-profit organization.

1980

Helen Rice dies. In 1983, ACMP publishes biography of Helen Rice, The Great Lady of Chamber Music.

1984

The List of Recommended Chamber Music is compiled and sent to all ACMP members.

1985

The Helen Rice Memorial Chamber Music Collection is established at Hartford, CT public library.

1992

The Clinton B. Ford Bequest is received, forming the basis of an endowment fund and the beginning of the ACMP Foundation.

1993

The ACMP Foundation is incorporated as subsidy controlled by ACMP. ACMP moves to its own office space at 1123 Broadway, NYC. Daniel Nimetz is engaged as first Executive Director.

1994

ACMP Foundation Grant Programs begin. The Foundation awards $4 million in grants for programs around the world that promote participation in chamber music from 1994 to 2016. Grant programs include Workshop Grants, Home Coaching, Community Music, and Scholarship Funds for young musicians to attend summer music camp.

2006

Amateur Chamber Music Players name is changed to Associated Chamber Music Players - The Chamber Music Network.

2013

The first Worldwide Play-In Weekend takes place (planned annually for the first full weekend in March, the month of J.S. Bach’s birthday).

2015

Daniel Nimetz retires as Executive Director. Rebecca Sayle is appointed as Executive Director.

2016

The first Susan McIntosh Lloyd Award is presented to the Sphinx Organization for achievements in classical music education and diversity.

The first Emeritus Award is presented to William Selden.

Helen Rice Award is presented to Franz Marcus (Brussels, Belgium) for his long-term contribution to chamber music in Europe.

Jennifer Clarke is engaged as Executive Director. New initiatives are started to create partnerships, expand grant-making programs, and build membership.