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Saint Mary's University String Festival

Join us on the beautiful Saint Mary’s University campus to study chamber music, and build a musical community.

Dates: July 11 – 18, 2020

Ages: 12-18

Cost: $925

Location: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

Limited Scholarships available, contact Lindsay Schlemmer and Bacco Liu at for more information.

Concerts and Events:

Faculty Concert: Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. in the Figliulo Recital Hall

Stringworks Masterclass with Minnesota Orchestra Violist Sifei Chang: Thursday, July 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. in the Figliulo Recital Hall

Outreach Concert: Friday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Saint Anne of Winona

Final Concert: Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m. in the Figliulo Recital Hall

Minnesota Beethoven Festival Concerts:

American String Quartet: Sunday, July 12 at 3 p.m. in the Page Theatre

Johannes Moser, Cello: Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre


Participants will have chamber coachings, rehearsals, private lessons, as well as musicianship classes, and other elective classes.

Saturday, July 11
Check-in 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Get to know you games
Faculty Concert 2-3 p.m.
Afternoon and Evening Lessons

Weekday Schedule:
8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9-9:25 a.m. Warm-ups
9:30-10:20 a.m. Coaching 1/Rehearsals
10:30-11:30 a.m. Electives
11:45-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:50-1:50 p.m. Convocation
2:10-3 p.m. Coaching 2/Rehearsals
3:10-4 p.m. Recording Orchestra
4:15-5 p.m. Lesson/Practice
5:15-6:15 p.m. Dinner
6:30-7:30 p.m. Elective
7:30 p.m. Evening activities including outdoor games, crafts in the lounge, concerts, etc.

Saturday, July 18
8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9-9:25 a.m. Warm-up
9:30-11:45 a.m. Dress Rehearsals in the Figliulo Recital Hall
12-12:45 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Final Concert in the Figliulo Recital Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m. Check-out

Elective Options:
Composition or Improvisation
Cello Choir or Audition Preparation

Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu

Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu

Violin and Artistic Director

Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu, Biography

Violinist Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu, a native of Taiwan, started the violin at age of five. Mr. Liu was awarded the top prize at the Taiwan National Violin Competition in the Youth Division in 1996. Mr. Liu was accepted by the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia to study with renowned Australian Teacher, Carmel Kaine and won all Violin Prizes for two consecutive years. While he was serving the national duty, in Taiwan Te-Chiang was selected to be the Concertmaster for the National Defense Symphony Orchestra where he performed several state banquets for the President of Taiwan and leaders from other countries.

Te-Chiang was offered full scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where he received a Masters Degree to study with Professor Lynn Chang in Violin Performance in 2009. Te-Chiang has been the Concertmaster at numerous orchestra and chamber concerts at the Boston Conservatory and has participated in a collaborative performance with renowned artist Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang, where he was selected to lead the Hememway String Chamber Ensemble in 2009. Te-Chiang has been an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He was invited to attend Tanglewood Music Festival in 2009 to work closely and perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  

Mr. Liu came to University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Music Arts degree to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim with full scholarships. Te-Chiang has been a soloist with various orchestras in Taiwan and Australia. He was also invited to perform in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and U.S throughout the years.

Te-Chiang was the Concertmaster of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. He currently performs as regular extra musician for the Minnesota Orchestra. For 2018-2019 season, he will be taking on the role of Concertmaster of Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and the Guest Concertmaster at Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Te-Chiang was the founder and the Artistic Director of Southwest Minnesota String Festival, and the first violinist of Meadowlarks String Quartet. The Meadowlark string quartet is currently in Artistic Partnership with Saint Mary’s University Winona. Mr. Liu is the violin/viola faculty of Saint Mary’s University Winona. In addition, he maintains an active private teaching studio in Metro area.

Lindsay Schlemmer

Lindsay Schlemmer

Cello and Executive Director

Lindsay Schlemmer, Biography

Cellists Lindsay Schlemmer combines outreach, performance, and teaching to share her love of music with a wide range of audiences. Lindsay completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance in 2018 and was a Berneking Fellow at the University of Minnesota where she studied under the guidance of Dr. Tanya Remenikova. In addition to giving solo recitals, she was featured performing the Prelude to Reger’s Solo Suite No. 3, on a live broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio in April 2016 as a part of Before Bach’s Birthday Bash concert series.

Lindsay is a founding member of the Meadowlark String Quartet. She performs in a variety of concert settings from classrooms to public libraries, and the more traditional concert hall. Lindsay was Principal Cellists of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra (2013-18,) and performs regularly with Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

In addition, Lindsay teaches at the University of Minnesota Morris, is on the Board of Thursday Musical as chair of Music in Our Schools, and is the Executive Director and Cello Faculty for the Saint Mary’s University String Festival. She also teaches a full private studio from her home in South Minneapolis. Lindsay loves teaching students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds because she is amazed by the diversity of how each person learns, and is inspired by music.

Kirsti Petraborg

Kirsti Petraborg


Kirsti Petraborg, Biography

Kirsti Petraborg is a versatile chamber musician and a passionate teacher. Now the violist of Lux String Quartet, Kirsti refined her skills as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Meadowlark Quartet. Kirsti currently performs with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra as well as the Clear Water Chamber Players and is a regular guest at the Oskaloosa Chamber Music Festival. In 2016, she performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik with the festival chamber orchestra.

Not only a chamber musician, Kirsti has soloed with Exultate Chamber Orchestra and the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and has played with the Duluth-Superior, LaCrosse and Sioux City Symphony Orchestras. Kirsti diversifies her schedule by playing musical theater with Artistry Minnesota and by performing with the one of the few Cuban-style charanga groups in the United States, Charanga Tropical. The Latin group takes her out of the concert hall and into places a viola normally would not travel, including the Minnesota State Fair and Chicago’s much-loved Summer Dance in Grant Park, and has given her the occasion to use her dancing skills on stage as well.

Kirsti has been an adjunct faculty member at Southwest Minnesota State University as well as Luther College. At her teaching studios in the Twin Cities area, her students hone their technique as well as learn the art of making music. She teaches at the Southwest Minnesota String Festival, and has spent several summers at Lutheran Summer Music Festival.

Energetic about sharing her love of the viola with others, Kirsti is currently on the board of the Minnesota Viola Society in the capacity of Past President. She received her doctoral degree in Viola Performance at the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. She has studied with Korey Konkol, Sabina Thatcher, and Dr. Andrea Een.

Cindy Min

Cindy Min


Cindy Min, Biography

Hsin-Yin Min, is a native of Taipei, Taiwan. Miss Min started to play the violin at age of seven, and was awarded the 1st prize in the Taipei City Violin Competition in Youth Division 1993. Min received Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Taipei Municipal University of Education, and was a regular performing violinist of several television broadcast productions.

In 2007, Hsin-Yin was awarded scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where she received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance to study with Professor Lynn Chang. Min was offered fellowships to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim at University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Musical Arts in Violin Performance after completion of her Master’s degree.

Hsin-Yin has performed with Boston Civic Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony orchestra, Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Hsin-Yin is currently the middle school music and orchestra teacher at Yinghua Academy, as well as the director of Yinghua Conservatory. Min was the principal second violin position of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra in 2014-2018. She is a member of Meadowlark quartet, a string quartet currently in Artistic Partnership with Saint Mary’s University. Hsin-Yin was a faculty member of Southwest Minnesota String Festival. She will be joining the faculty of Saint Mary’s University String Festival in 2019. As an enthusiastic music educator, Hsin-Yin maintains an active private teaching studio in Twin Cities.

Josh Schwalbach

Josh Schwalbach


Josh Schwalbach, Biography

Josh Schwalbach resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is a freelance bassist and teacher. He holds a DMA in double bass from Stony Brook University in New York. Josh serves as assistant principal bass of the Mankato Symphony, performs regularly with the Rose Ensemble, is a member of The Neighborhood Trio, and frequently performs in musical theater productions around the Twin Cities. He is currently on faculty as double bass instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of St. Thomas.

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Packing List:

  • Your instrument
  • Accessories: Bow, Rosin, Rockstop for cellists, extra strings
  • Music books you’re working out of currently
  • Chamber music part
  • Music Stand
  • Notebook, Music staff paper, pencil, and pen
  • Clothes for 10 days (Include active wear, as evening activities will often be outdoors)
  • Concert dress: Dress pants, skirt, or dress, dress shirt or blouse, dress shoes.  No Jeans, flip flops, or tennis shoes.
  • Water bottle
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries
  • Phone charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Outer wear, jacket, umbrella, etc

Saint Mary’s will provide sheets, blankets, pillow, pillowcase, and towels. You’re welcome to bring your own if desired. 

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