The Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) is proud to be celebrating its 23rd year as a nonprofit community music school, bringing music education and concert performances to the people of Southern Maine. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through music, but we need your support to do so. I am thrilled to report that we have grown significantly over the last year, with nearly 45% growth in revenue from increased enrollment. However, the cost of providing our services is not covered by our fees, even though we run a lean operation. During the past decade there have been financial struggles, but we have worked hard to revitalize the organization and position it for the future. I invite you to donate today to show that you value our mission, our programs, and our commitment to the future.
With our recent growth, we now serve over 200 students of all ages and abilities and employ over 50 talented faculty. We take seriously our mission as a community music school, striving to meet the needs of all members of our wonderful city and to bring people together to create music. In addition to the diverse and excellent individual music lessons, we have two specialized divisions: Karger College Prep, an intensive Saturday program for musically talented high schoolers, and Jazz Studies, which teaches improvisational skills to both youth and adults. This past summer, we assumed leadership of the Boy Singers of Maine, an esteemed organization with a 37-year history. The Boy Singers complements our girls’ choir, Sisters in Song, which we started last year.
Our free weekly Noonday Concerts, held on Thursdays at the historic First Parish Church and now every third Thursday at the Portland Public Library, provide music lovers equal access to quality music. Portland Press Herald music critic Allan Kozinn has described these concerts as one of PCM’s most broadly useful services. Furthering our educational mission, we organize two festivals: Early Music Festival, a celebration of the origins of classical music, and Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, an innovative exploration of contemporary classical music. Finally, our Dimensions in Jazz series complements our Jazz Studies division, bringing renowned avant-garde jazz musicians to Portland.
PCM is the most comprehensive music school in Southern Maine, educating through both musical instruction and concert performances. We have many goals for the coming year, including an expansion of our financial aid to those who otherwise cannot afford music lessons. To accomplish this and to continue to grow, we need your support. As a nonprofit community music school, we rely on the generosity of our donors.
Please make a donation. Without you, we would not exist.
Thank you for believing in our mission and the power of music to transform lives.
Jean Murachanian, Ph.D.