Welcome to The Amici String Program

We hope you are all well and having a great summer. We are looking forward to making music with our friends in the 2020/21 season! With the changes in protocol and the recommended plan that the Alberta Government has developed, we have our plan moving forward (with some changes) for our program next year. We will be beginning on October 19, 2020.

Amicini will be offering a semester schedule this year. Session 1 will run October 19 to December 14; session 2 will run January 04 to April 19. Classes will be taught in-person and will move online if necessary. Students may register in either one session or both sessions.

Our faculty felt that online instruction worked very well last spring for this group. The program cost of each semester will be prorated to the number of classes in Session 1 and Session 2 respectively.

Junior Amici and Amici programs will be offered on a full year schedule, beginning on October 19.

Chamber music classes will be in-person. If rehearsals can no longer be done in-person, Amici will suspend chamber classes. In-person rehearsals will be re-scheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. Amici rehearsals may be rescheduled beyond our regular program year as necessary to ensure that 22 hours of in-person chamber music instruction time is met.

Masterclasses (and Junior Amici Musicianship) will be online until further notice.

Theory classes (Amici only) will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for all who express interest. Please indicate interest no later than October 01 by sending an email to amici.stringprogram@gmail.com.

Piano Accompaniment: Amici is continuing its accompaniment subsidy this year (4 hours for Amici and 1 hour for Junior Amici). Students should contact their accompanist to discuss when in-person rehearsals will resume.

Please note:  To ensure the safety of our musicians and their families, the faculty, and guests, all in-person class participants must wear masks. Classes will be conducted in rooms large enough to accommodate social distancing. A live stream option for chamber music rehearsals will be available in case one musician is in any way sick (so they don’t miss out).

Registration is now open. By registering in an Amici program, you are agreeing to abide by the Amici Covid-19 Protocols (attached). Registration forms for all programs are available online at http://amicistringprogram.com/wp/registrations-and-forms/. There will be no late fees applied this year.

We have been putting together some great programming, including online classes with international artists. Even with all our changes, we will continue to offer engaging music making opportunities for our students.  We hope you will join us!

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact amici.stringprogram@gmail.com

We are looking forward to working with all of you again next year.

The Amici String Program was founded in 2007 by Fiona Carnie and Theresa Plotnick. Their goal was to provide a setting for young string players to grow in a positive and nurturing environment. In the past eleven years, the founding directors have been able to provide numerous opportunities for students to excel, both musically and personally. High standards of playing are expected and all students have access to fine teaching from local, national and international artists.  The program mandate is:

  • To provide a positive and inclusive atmosphere for string students to develop their skills, their love of music, and their friendships.
  • To provide quality musical education in a non-judgmental environment, where all students, parents, and instructors are treated respectfully and equitably.
  • To provide opportunities for students to fulfill their full potential, both musically and personally.

In its first two years, the program tripled in size and now, offers classes in violin, viola and cello at every level as well as a thriving chamber music component. The program consists of weekly master and technique classes as well as chamber music coaching, frequent workshops with guest clinicians and monthly solo recitals. Amici also offers two very successful week long programs, Calgary Stringfest and the Amici String Camp which are the highlight of the summer for many string students from all parts of Canada.  All classes take place at: Bethany Chapel of Calgary, 3333 Richardson Way SW Calgary, Alberta.  Please contact us at amici.stringprogram@gmail.com for more information. We thank our sponsors:

Technique and Masterclasses
Technique and masterclasses alternate weekly.
Chamber Music
Chamber music groups meet every week.
Summer Programs
We offer several summer programs, including the Amici String Camp and Stringfest for advanced students.
Programs for Young Children
The Amicini Program is for beginner students. There are several levels to choose from.
Recitals
Amici offers solo and chamber music recitals for all students, with accompaniment.

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