About The Schubert Club

In the autumn of 1882, Governor Ramsey’s daughter Marion Ramsey Furness with her music-loving friends formed “the Ladies Musicale” that was soon renamed “The Schubert Club” to honor composer Franz Schubert. For over 130 years, The Schubert Club has been Minnesota’s leading performing arts organization with a reputation for presenting the world’s most prestigious musicians in recital. It has secured a prominent and distinguished reputation among musical organizations nationwide, and is one of the first arts organizations in the country.

In 1893, The Schubert Club created the International Artist Series, that has brought virtually all of the world’s great recitalists to the Saint Paul stage including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecelia Bartoli, Isaac Stern, Beverly Sills, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming to name a few. In July 2010, Minnesota chamber music organization Music in the Park Series merged with The Schubert Club. Founded in 1978 by Julie Himmelstrup who continues to serve as artistic director, the Series is now part of The Schubert Club, presenting the finest chamber music ensembles from Minnesota and around the world.

The Schubert Club education programs provide students with free music lessons through Project CHEER, present master classes and school residencies, commission new works by American composers and award student scholarships through a student competition program.

The Schubert Club Museum holds a world-class collection comprised of over 100 historic keyboards, hundreds of instruments from around the world and original letters and manuscripts of over 100 famous composers. Admission is free and open to the public serving thousands of visitors and student groups annually.

Building on a strong history of presenting artists from around the world, The Schubert Club also presents creative programming through Schubert Club Mix, Live at the Museum, weekly free Courtroom Concerts with Minnesota artists, and commissions new music, of which two works have won Pulitzer Prizes.

The Museum and administrative offices are located in the historic Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. The building is located on the north end of Saint Paul’s Rice Park that also includes the Saint Paul Hotel, Saint Paul Public Library, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

The Schubert Club is also a member of the Arts Partnership along with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera and Ordway Center.

The Schubert Club’s activities are generously supported in part by the generosity of our individual donors, foundations and corporations, and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program, and Target®.

view slide show of The Schubert Club history through images

In this video produced by MNuet.com’s Matt Peiken, artistic and executive director Barry Kempton tours us through The Schubert Club’s past, present and future.