Amici String Program

Land Acknowledgement

In a spirit of respect and truth we honour and acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani), the Tsuu T’ina, the Stoney Nakoda, the Metis Nation Region 3, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

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 seventeen 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 for more information. We thank our sponsors:

Please note:  To ensure the safety of our musicians and their families, the faculty, and guests, all in-person class participants must wear masks.

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