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 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. Classes will be conducted in rooms large enough to accommodate social distancing.

Registration is now open for Amici String Camp and Calgary Stringfest. By registering in an Amici program, you are agreeing to abide by the Amici Covid-19 Protocols. Registration forms and Amici Covid-19 Protocols are available online at

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.
Amici offers solo and chamber music recitals for all students, with accompaniment.

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