SPSQC Advisory Board

The Saint Paul String Quartet Competition is an important and valuable teaching program of the Artaria String Quartet. The operations and management of the event is overseen by the Artaria Board of Directors and functions as a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity.



Karen Casanova, Co-Chair

Reading Partners, Exec. Dir.


James Sophocleus, Co-Chair
Non-Profit Organizer

David Grandstrand, Treasurer
TCI Financial

David Knapp, Boston Scientific


Tom Peterson, Google

Shira Burton
, Hennepin County Public Defender


Artaria String Quartet
(ex officio)



Julie Himmelstrup

Founder and Director of Music in the Park Series

Andrea Een

Prof. of Music Emeritus

St. Olaf College

Silvester Vicic

Director Sundin Music Hall

Essie Commers, violinist

Jane GiacobassiMRA – The Management Association HR Director