Who Are We?
The CMS presents top professional chamber music groups and fosters appreciation and enjoyment of chamber music in central Minnesota.
For the past 36 years the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud has presented concerts by nationally and internationally recognized performers, as well as exceptionally promising emerging ensembles. Repertoire has ranged from medieval chant to premieres of cutting edge new compositions; instrumentation has ranged from solo guitar to small chamber orchestra. In addition to our concerts, the Chamber Music Society has brought exceptional musical experiences to residents of the St. Cloud area through school performances and residencies, master classes for music students of all ages, educational presentations for senior citizens, and workshops for adult amateur ensembles. The organization has won numerous awards for its contributions to the community, including the Mayor’s High-Five Award in 1996, the first St. Cloud Arts Commission Award in 2000, the CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America, one of only two given nationwide in 2008, and most recently, the first Excellence in the Arts Award given by United Arts of Central Minnesota in 2011!
J. David Arnott, DMA, Artistic Director
A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Arnott has been a serious chmaber musician for decades. He is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Music at The College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University where he directs the symphony orchestra, coaches chamber music, and teaches viola and violin. He holds degrees in viola from The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Arnott is the violinist of Trio Benedicta, violist with Trio Pastiche, a violist in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Stillwater-based chamber ensemble, Music Saint Croix. He is the director of MNSOTA’s Upper Midwest String and Chamber Music Conference and has coached the Minnesota Allstate viola section for many years.
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Rebecca Scheele, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Rebecca Scheele shares responsibility with Artistic Director David Arnott for implementing and overseeing the Chamber Music Society’s concerts and programs and is responsible for the financial soundness of the organization including the organization and oversight of all fundraising, grant writing, accounting and contractual obligations. Her arts management background includes positions as manager of Ensemble Capriccio (a professional string trio); Executive Director of the Minnesota Chorale; Public Events Manager at Lawrence University; Membership and Development Coordinator and Concert Series Coordinator at what is now University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chazen Art Museum; Assistant to the Grants Coordinator at the Wisconsin Arts Board; and Performing Arts Series Committee Chair at Montana State University. Scheele earned a B.S. degree in management from Montana State University and an M.A. in arts administration from the UW-Madison. She has served on grant review panels for the Wisconsin and Minnesota state arts boards, and she has volunteered with arts, community, and youth organizations, including serving on the Chamber Music Society's board of directors.
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