Mission and History

The Mission of the Portland Conservatory of Music is to provide access to quality music education for community members of all ages, abilities, and financial circumstances.

Founded in 1995, the Portland Conservatory of Music has provided exemplary music education for students ages 1-90+ for over twenty-two years, leading the way for other music schools in the region and throughout the state of Maine.  Originally located on Free St. in Portland, PCM moved to the 3rd floor of Woodfords Congregational Church in 2008.

Throughout our history, the Portland Conservatory of Music has offered a wide variety of musical instruction –from private lessons, to ensembles, group classes, home school courses, early childhood classes and adult band. Founded in 2011, our Karger College Prep Division, the only program of its kind in the state, provides advanced, comprehensive classical music education to high school aged students, placing many graduates in the most prestigious music schools in the country. Our Jazz Studies Division offers ensembles for youth and adults, as well as jazz history and college preparatory instruction.

In addition to our academic offerings, PCM also provides educational experiences and access to high quality music through our free and low cost performances and festivals throughout the year, including our Early Music Festival and the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival. Since 1996, our free weekly Noonday Concert Series has featured Maine’s most talented musicians and showcased PCM’s renowned faculty. Student recitals have been presented several times per year at regional senior housing facilities and other off-campus locations since PCM’s establishment.

As a non-profit community music school, PCM prides itself in its community partnerships. PCM has partnered with such organizations and institutions as the University of Southern Maine School of Music, Mayo Street Arts, and the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine.

Performances, lectures, and master classes held at PCM have featured world-renowned musicians such as: Frank Glazer,  Elliott Schwartz, Marc Johnson, Trond Saeverud, the Portland String Quartet, Duncan Cumming, Elizabeth Austin, George Lopez, Tamara Poddubnaya, and many more.