ACMP — Associated Chamber Music Players, is a non-profit organization that facilitates the playing of chamber music for pleasure by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1947, ACMP, originally the Amateur Chamber Music Players, was the idea of Leonard Strauss, an American businessman whose work frequently included travel. Tired of practicing alone in hotel rooms, he dreamed of a network of musicians who could contact each other for chamber music sessions while at home or “on the road.”
With a small group of friends he organized an informal association that soon came to the attention of Helen Rice, an amateur violinist who had been harboring a similar dream. It was at her New York City apartment that ACMP was born. Helen was instrumental in creating our first Directory of chamber music enthusiasts in the United States. She became the organization’s first secretary and was its guiding spirit until her death in 1980. Mainly through her efforts, which included a vast correspondence in the days before e-mail, ACMP has grown to include members throughout the world. The online Worldwide Directory, with members from over 57 countries, is constantly being updated with new members. The print version is also available for downloading in .pdf format, or can be mailed upon request.