Lark Quartet – Concert will go on as scheduled!

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Please give yourself extra time for travel. If you are unable to attend, please call 651.292.3268 or email PRIOR TO THE CONCERT and we will exchange your tickets into our April 24 or 25th Isserlis/Egarr concert at the Ordway, or you may go to to turnback your ticket as a tax deductible gift. 


Due to the snow emergency currently in the city of St. Paul, be advised that daytime parking is currently restricted in certain parts of the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. See map below for clarification. 




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New Tax Laws and Philanthropy

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Today’s blog post is written by Paul D. Olson, the Schubert Club’s Director of Development. 

Schubert Club has a long history of generous patrons who believe that great music contributes to a great community. The history of philanthropic giving in Minnesota is among the top in the nation. We are fortunate that people in our community understand the need for non-profit organizations that contribute to our quality of life, and respond by giving their time and resources to ensure they are strong today, and for the future.

For 100 years, donors have had the option to claim their charitable gifts as a write-off on their taxes, and this philosophy helped encourage giving. The strength of the non-profit sector has in a large part, benefitted from tax itemization that allowed more dollars to go to their favorite charities while reducing total personal taxes. The new law that just went into effect allows a larger standard deduction and lower tax rates, giving most people a simpler tax situation, so itemizing may not be an incentive to reduce their taxes. So, what does this mean for future philanthropic giving?

Last year, gifts from individuals made up nearly three-quarters of the $390 billion donated to philanthropies, outpacing the money flowing from foundations, bequests and corporations.* The tax code has encouraged these gifts since the charitable deduction was created in 1917. There is speculation that future giving could go down because there isn’t an incentive for people to do itemizing of their charitable giving.

I beg to differ. Schubert Club donors are loyal, and understand the value of our concerts, education programs and museum as being assets in their lives, and for our community. Giving comes from the heart, and in the first two months of this new tax era, we haven’t experienced a noticeable change in donations. Time will tell, but I believe the extra dollars in our pockets means we have extra dollars to help the charities that touch our lives.

Sarah Caruso, president of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, said she worries about the impact of the new tax bill but is not giving up on any donors just yet. “I’m not going to plan a retreat right now,” Caruso said. “I plan to go out and make the case for the need. And the need in the community is not changing.”

Schubert Club is not changing, and the need and desire for great music continues. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and thank you for being a part of the Schubert Club family!

*Source: Patrick Rooney, professor of economic and philanthropy and director of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

Upcoming January Concerts

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Upcoming Concerts in January 

FREE Sensory-Friendly Family Concert: Sounds of Mexico with Andale Juana! (Yumhali Garcia, Israel Aranda, and Alberto Villegas)

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00am
Schubert Club Museum

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive concerts for families. These free events allow audience members to enjoy an enriching concert experience in a sensory-friendly format.

Listen to the wonderful sound of the Son Huasteco and the Guapango.  Discover and interact with fascinating Mexican folk instruments and learn dance steps to this rhythmically vibrant music.
 Reserve your free tickets here


Libby Larsen’s The Fantom of the Fair and other multi-media works inspired by comic strips

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6pm & 8:30pm, TPT Street Space

A well-known name locally and nationally, Libby Larsen was recently recognized as the 2016 McKnight Distinguished Artist. Based out of Minneapolis, she is one of this nation’s leading composers. This one-of-a-kind Schubert Club Mix concert will feature pieces which Libby has written as companion music to comic strip cartoons and other visual media.. The program includes “The Fantom of the Fair” which illustrates a story of the superhero in action at the World’s Fair, “The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes” for baritone & prepared piano with projected drawings, and “Love Tamer” with reconstructed comic strip illustrations. It also features a new piece with lighting design “O Magnum Mysterium” for former King’s Singers member Paul Phoenix.


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Middle and High School Students, Sign up for our FREE Jazz Piano Workshop by January 15

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This FREE workshop on Saturday, January 27, 2018 features internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist, Jeremy Siskind and Twin Cities jazz piano stars, Javier Santiago and Sarah Burk. The workshop is limited to 25 students and registration ends Monday, January 15th. The registration form and other information can be found on the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education website. Location for this workshop is TBA. Presented by The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and the Schubert Club.

Learn more here

2018 Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Application deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

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Piano and Strings (at Augsburg College)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Preliminaries
Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Finals
Brass & Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar (at Augsburg College)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Preliminaries
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Finals
Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise (Student Scholarship Competition Winners Recital) 
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2 pm, Ordway Concert Hall

Learn more about the competition

Music in the Park Series Artistic Director and Founder, Julie Himmelstrup, Announces Retirement at End of the Season

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Music in the Park Series Artistic Director and Founder,
Julie Himmelstrup, Announces Retirement at End of the Season

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (ST. PAUL, MN) – Julie Himmelstrup, founder and artistic director of Music in the Park Series, has announced her plan to retire at the conclusion of the season in late April 2018. Himmelstrup, who founded the series in 1979, has served in this position for 38 years.

A cherished and distinctive audience favorite, the Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series presents six chamber music concerts annually at the 350-seat Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. Concerts routinely sell out and subscriber retention remains impressively high. Additionally, family-friendly concerts are offered next door at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. 

In the early days, Himmelstrup ran the series out of her own house across the street from the church. An accomplished pianist herself, it is her musical tastes, her finely tuned hearing and her ability to spot emerging classical talent, that have made Music in the Park Series treasured by chamber music-lovers across the Twin Cities. Under her leadership, the series has achieved national prominence, and continues to present chamber musicians of national and international renown. Since its inception, Music in the Park Series has presented more than 200 chamber music concerts and 60 family concerts. For more than three decades, Himmelstrup ran every aspect of the series, including artist selection, program planning, commissioning and presenting new works, fund-raising, ticket sales, volunteer organizing and public relations.  In 2010, Music in the Park Series merged with the Schubert Club, since when Himmelstrup has continued to serve as Artistic Director of Music in the Park Series.

Schubert Club’s Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton said: “It has been a privilege and a joy for me to work with Julie since joining the Schubert Club. The series she has built up, the loyal audience she has built since founding Music in the Park Series, and her commitment to serving the St. Anthony Park community are deservedly admired across the country in chamber music circles. Her integrity and devotion to music and musicians are exemplary and will always be an inspiration.”

Julie Himmelstrup continues to serve as Music in the Park Series Artistic Director through the 2017-2018 season. Thereafter, the series, both concerts and the associated community activities in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood will continue as Schubert Club programs under the leadership of Artistic and Executive Director, Barry Kempton.


View the December 19, 2017 article from the Park Bugle: “Going out on a high note”

November 2 “First Thursday” in the Museum: Music Boxes and Phonographs!

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The Schubert Club Museum will be open late on this Thursday, Nov 2 from 4-8pm. Gather your friends, and join us!

This month we are highlighting the distinctive sweet voices of our music box and phonograph collection, dating back to 1900. Thomas Kuehn, Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and the current Vice President of the Musical Box Society International will demonstrate these fascinating mechanical musical instruments along with other machines that were developed to play instruments such as the pipe organ, reed organ, violin, harp and banjo.

Plus, enjoy wine, refreshments, trivia and interactive fun and music-making throughout the Schubert Club Museum.

Learn more here

Now Hiring: Education and Community Engagement Associate

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The Education and Community Outreach Associate supports the Education and Museum Director (EMD) in the delivery of all education and community-based programs.  The role includes administrative office-based work and community-based interaction with partners and program participants (students and adults) primarily in the Twin Cities community.   The position is new and is being added to the administrative team in response to initiatives outlined in Schubert Club’s latest strategic plan.


Assist the Education & Museum Director (EMD) with the administration and set up of all Schubert Club education and community outreach programs to ensure all programs are managed effectively for maximum impact.

  • Assist in processing registrations and applications for various programs including Special Music Grants, Jazz Piano Workshop, Student Scholarship Competition, Five Dollar Scholar.
  • Prepare venue and artist contracts.
  • Organize payment confirmations with Finance Manager for a variety of fee payments (e.g. teaching artists, judges) and scholarships/financial awards.
  • Prepare travel and program itineraries for artists, clinicians and judges.
  • Assist EMD in planning, designing and gathering/purchasing materials for hands-on classroom/workshop projects for education events (KidsJam, Family Arts Blast).
  • Process data and prepare reports of program experiences, surveys and evaluations. Collaborate with EMD in setting goals and assessing program effectiveness.
  • Prepare information packets for board committee members and participants – Special Music Grants, Student Scholarship Competition.
  • Assemble and update program and promotional information for the website manager for all SC Education programming and activities.
  • Maintain current contact information for education program participants – teachers, students, artists, venue managers, etc.
  • Assist EMD in the coordination of program activities at scheduled education events.
  • Assist EMD in coordinating publicity for education events, e.g. printed pieces, signage, website promotional information
  • Coordinate piano rentals, tunings and any other equipment needs for events and programs – Jazz Piano Workshop, Student Scholarship Competition, KidsJam


Represent Schubert Club in a wide range of relationships with program participants and community partners in support of Schubert Club’s mission and goals.

  • Communicate processes and logistics to participants in programs such as $5 Scholar, Special Music Grants, Jazz Piano Workshop, KidsJam, Student Scholarship Competition
  • Attend meetings and workshops in Schubert Club spaces and community venues and ensure events are properly prepared and run smoothly.
  • Attend community & classroom events/programs as requested to assist in future programming decisions.


Support and foster Schubert Club’s collaborative business practices to ensure that all business activities support Schubert Club’s mission successfully.

  1. Assist with setting up concerts and events as requested.
  2. Assist with onsite concert and event support.
  3. Assist with office-wide projects as needed.
  4. Act as a steward and liaison with the public at Schubert Club events, to foster the positive reputation of Schubert Club.
  5. Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Education, Arts Administration or related field 



  • At least 2 years experience in arts administration, community programming or equivalent
  • Teaching or classroom experience
  • Experience in non-profit organization
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing



  • Moving instruments and equipment (up to 40 pounds)

  • Computer skills required; Word & Excel, Microsoft software

  • Access to independent transportation, valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance, with willingness to drive to different community sites and transport materials as needed

  • Must be available for occasional evening and weekend hours

  • Must pass a criminal background check


Applications deadline Monday, November 6.  Interviews will be scheduled the week of November 13.

If interested in this position, please submit resume and cover letter to:
Kate Cooper, Director of Education and Museum

Now Hiring: Patron Relations Manager

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Patron Relations Manager

Full-Time (non-exempt)

Reports to Tessa Retterath Jones, Marketing Director

Schedule/Hours: Regular business hours with frequent evening and weekend hours


The Patron Relations Manager is responsible for ticketing and box office services, marketing assistance, audience and donor database management, and development assistance. This position reports to the Marketing Director and takes additional direction from the Director of Development


  1. Oversee the day-to-day operations of Schubert Club ticket office duties, phone line responsibilities, and day-of-concert counter sales to result in efficient and accurate transactions, streamlined and updated processes and practices, and a seamless customer service experience
    1. Answer ticket office calls and process ticket orders, turn backs and exchanges; print and mail tickets on a daily basis; monitor unbalanced orders and online subscriptions; and coordinate complimentary and special ticketing requests
    2. Manage ticket office operations on concert nights, handling all aspects of the ticket purchasing experience
    3. Coordinate day-of concert logistics including pre-printed tickets, cash requests, signage, special promotions, etc
    4. Reconcile cash, credit and checks, complete event settlements, enter information into AudienceView, and provide necessary back-up reports for every concert or event
    5. Keep detailed notes on customer requests, preferences and feedback
    6. Monitor reconciliation of cash receipts and electronic deposits of credit card transactions from all ticket sales, developing procedures for accurate handling of all legal tender until deposit
    7. Execute the subscription process including processing orders, tracking and fulfilling seating requests, following up with patrons, and tracking sales for weekly reports
    8. Identify recurring problems in meeting general customer expectations and suggest solutions to Marketing Director
  1. Build and coordinate ticketing and development/fundraising systems within AudienceView including series, concerts, pricing charts, subscription, venues, promotional offers, funds management structure and updates to result in updated systems, optimum productivity, and efficient sales flow that result in seamless customer service transactions
    1. Coordinate the ticketing facets of the organization’s Customer Relations Management (CRM) database, including but not limited to: Venues, Series, Performances, Price Charts, Subscription, Promotional Offers, and Ticket Templates
    2. Update phone prompts in automated phone tree
    3. Ensure all offers are built accurately and according to what has been approved, testing all offers prior to their on sale
    4. Update ticketed events as needed or required by marketing efforts
    5. Work with AudienceView representatives to improve sales flow and implement new functionality to enhance sales and ease of customer experience
    6. Pull regular and special reports from AudienceView, ensuring they are distributed to appropriate staff
    7. Pull reports on fund structure, development reports, and development data
    8. First point of contact with Finance Manager regarding transaction details
  1. Provide administrative support including website monitoring, data generation, and email process to assist the Marketing Director and create efficiencies for marketing activities
    1. Maintain a working knowledge of the Marketing Director’s job duties to fill in as needed
    2. Attend training, configure events, discount codes, pricing structures, subscriptions, miscellaneous items, ticket templates and venues (in AudienceView) Database
    3. Maintain Filemaker database with patron contact information and purchasing history
    4. Assist with email marketing using Mailchimp including monthly imports of new email subscribers
    5. Import customer information from AudienceView to Filemaker and routinely remove duplicates
    6. Assist with website updates on a daily basis and social media marketing strategy to ensure materials are accurate and free of errors
  2. Provide administrative support to the Director of Development and create efficiencies in Development activities.
    1. Maintain a working knowledge of the Director of Development’s job duties to fill in as needed.
    2. Quickly and accurately process donations.
    3. Assist with admin tasks related to special events: e.g. pre and post-concert dinners, special events in the Museum, homes, and patron tour. Assist with coordination of logistics such as signage needs and other day-of details.
    4. Assist in creating donor solicitation letters, materials, and pull lists from AudienceView
    5. Track all gifts in AudienceView, gift tracking spreadsheets and update information as needed
    6. Create and generate thank you letters for gifts
    7. Maintain donor files
    8. Edit donor listings in An die Musik magazine
  1. Support and foster Schubert Club’s collaborative business practices to ensure that all organizational activities support the Schubert Club’s mission successfully
    1. Assist with setting up concerts and events as requested and needed
    2. Assist with onsite concert and event support
    3. Assist with museum activities as needed
    4. Assist with office wide projects as needed
    5. Act as a steward and liaison with the public at Schubert Club events, to foster the positive reputation of Schubert Club

Preferred Experience

    • Previous database experience

    • Ability to work evenings and weekends

    • 2 years ticketing experience 

    • Experience selling tickets and building ticketing components in AudienceView
    • Customer service experience 

    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products

    • Knowledge and comfort working in a Mac based environment

    • Experience using Mailchimp, WordPress and Filemaker a plus


  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to work frequent nights and weekends
  • Reliable transportation


  • B.A. or B.S. in Music, Theatre, Arts Administration, or related field
  • 2 years in ticketing position

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to no later than September 15, 2017.