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An Interview with the Dalí Quartet: Winners of the 2023 Susan McIntosh Lloyd Award

ACMP awarded its 2023 Susan McIntosh Lloyd Award for Excellence and Diversity in Chamber Music to the Dalí Quartet, based in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Now in its twentieth year, the Dalí Quartet’s mission is to bring Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. In addition to its performance activities, the group has a deep commitment to education. Many of its educational activities take place under the umbrella of ArcoNet, a nonprofit founded and directed by the quartet’s violist Adriana Linares in 2012.

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A special birthday gift: a newly commissioned chamber work!

Looking for the perfect birthday gift for a chamber music lover's milestone birthday? ACMP member flutist Trish Maxson had just the right idea: commissioning a brand-new piece of music by Jonathan Newmark for her friend Cindy Buhse's 60th birthday, for the unusual combination of flute and 2 violas. It's not easy to find a piece for that exact combination, and Trish wanted something she could play with Cindy and her daughter Emma who both play viola. The time was right for a "made to order" contemporary composition. Read all about it and download the score!

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NAOC Adventures in Vancouver, Canada

ACMP Executive Director Stephanie Griffin made new musical friends in her native British Columbia by connecting with NAOC councilors in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

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An ACMP Love Story

Dr. Nancy Jiang (pianist/violinist from Australia) first played chamber music at the home of Toronto NAOC Councillor Carol Kirsh. Little did she know that chamber music sessions with Carol would lead her to meet the love of her life, Stefano Morra (ACMP violinist in Paris, France.) Read about their ACMP romance and wedding!

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The Queen of Paradise Orchestra Project of Papua New Guinea

In 1975, the year El Sistema was founded in Venezuela, a tiny new country was founded on the other side of the world: Papua New Guinea. One of the world’s least explored and most rural nations, PNG would seem to have little in common with the homeland of El Sistema. But in 2018, El Sistema came to Papua New Guinea.

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In memoriam: John Dexter, longtime coach and former violist of the Manhattan String Quartet

ACMP mourns the loss of John Dexter, who passed away on May 21, 2023. A long-time member of ACMP, he participated as a professional coach in the Home Coaching program and was deeply committed to helping chamber music players to improve their skills, develop musical insight, and expand their repertoire.

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ACMP 2023 Giving Report

ACMP Foundation has awarded a total of $193,875 USD to organizations and individuals in 14 countries its 2023 fiscal year to date, distributed over four grants programs: Chamber Music Workshop and Community Music, Play-In, Home Coaching and Just Play. 19% of ACMP's giving supported workshops, community programs and individual ACMP members outside the United States.

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Two CMA Events this Week to Celebrate National Chamber Month in NYC: May 17 and 18

National Chamber Music Month is an annual celebration and awareness campaign that brings attention to the creativity, resilience, and stylistic breadth of ensemble music performed today. This year, CMA is celebrating National Chamber Music Month with two events at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

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New Video: The April 15 Kronos Quartet Master Class

ACMP's second online master class with the Kronos Quartet on its 50 for the Future repertoire was a huge success! Congratulations to all three quartets who played so beautifully, and you can now watch the entire class on ACMP's YouTube channel.

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Breakfast with Joshua Bell on May 9 in NYC: 15 Free Tickets for ACMP Members

New opportunity for ACMP members in or near New York City: After Arts has offered 15 free tickets to a breakfast talk with violinist Joshua Bell for members of ACMP.

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2023 Worldwide Play-In Weekend: May 19-21

The ACMP Worldwide Play-In Weekend is less than a month away: Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. There are seven ACMP-supported Play-Ins that weekend so far, and keep checking this article and the Events and Workshops Directory for more!

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Puccini and Piazzolla in the Pizzeria

Illinois-area ACMP member Tom Cappaert recently received a "Just Play" grant from ACMP for an informal concert at a pizzeria in Quito, Ecuador in March.

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Kronos Quartet Master Class Live-Stream and Repertoire

Watch the live-stream of ACMP's second online master class with the Kronos Quartet on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 2pm to 5pm Eastern on YouTube, and discover new and exciting repertoire by West African composers Angélique Kidjo and Fodé Lassana Diabaté, and Chinese composer Wu Man.

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Travels and Adventures with ACMP Pianist Nicholas King

New York City pianist Nicholas King just made a trip to Tokyo, Japan - connecting with local players through the ACMP Directory and with the help of ACMP's Japanese ambassador Sayoko Yamashita. Read ACMP's recent interview with Nick after his return from Japan.

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How to Hold a Play-In

Watch the video of ACMP's online workshop "How to Hold a Play-In" with panelists Peter Aupperle, Susan Alexander, Michael Knoch, Virginia Feldman, Phyllis Kaiden and Bob Myers. Get some expert tips on holding a Play-In and organize one yourself for ACMP's 2023 Worldwide Play-In Weekend, May 19 - 21.

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Creating a Culture of Listening: Exploring Conscious Listening Workshops with Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu

Join pianist and ACMP Holiday Caption Contest winner Hsing-ay Hsu for her unique online "Conscious Listening Café", and read about her approach to deepening your listening experience.

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Kronos Quartet Second Master Class: Saturday, April 15

Join ACMP and the Kronos Quartet on Saturday, April 15 at 2pm Eastern for our second online master class on newly commissioned works from the Kronos "50 for the Future" library.

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List your Summer or Fall Workshop in the CMA Directory of Festivals, Schools and Workshops

Once again, members of the ACMP community (individuals, coaches, event managers and organizations) are invited to submit listings for inclusion in Chamber Music America's printed Directory of Festivals, Schools, and Workshops.

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ACMP at the CMA National Conference

ACMP was delighted to present a session at Chamber Music America’s 45th National Conference at the Westin New York at Times Square (New York City) on January 7, 2023. Moderated by ACMP Grants Committee Chair Susan Alexander, the panel included two amateur chamber musicians with widely different experiences: Paris Brann Milane of the Bronx and Karl Irikura from the Washington DC metropolitan area; and one professional musician who had dedicated his career to working with amateur musicians, Lenny Matczynski, a life-long coach and former Executive Director of The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. Watch the video!

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GO FOR BAROQUE……an early music workshop in NYC

This March, longtime friends and colleagues Dale Stuckenbruck and Lisa Terry offer a workshop in Manhattan for experienced amateur string players, recorder players and viol players, where all will get a chance to explore Baroque music focusing on Baroque style, meter and emphasis. Inspired by their friend, violinist Janet Hoffman, Dale and Lisa have done a number of workshops and presentations in recent years and are excited to be working together again.

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