Jean Murachanian, Ph.D., Executive Director
Titus Abbott, Jazz Studies Division Director
Titus Abbott holds a B.Mus. in classical composition techniques from the University of Montreal. He studied clarinet at the University of Ottawa followed by jazz studies on saxophone at Humber College, Toronto under the tutelage of saxophonist Pat Labarbera. He has also studied with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell.
Titus has performed as leader and sideman in various ensembles in Canada, Europe and the US. Since arriving in Maine in 2002 Titus has lead his own groups and collaborations include performances with the outstanding pianists Curtis Clark and Frank Carlberg and the late Oud Master Al Gardner.
Titus has been teaching saxophone and clarinet for over 25 years where he specializes in tone development and articulation as well as jazz improvisation and phrasing.
Heidi Modr, Karger College Prep Division Director
Heidi Modr is a native Mainer and was brought up in a musical family. She studied with many wonderful violinists in Maine before going to Oberlin Conservatory where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin performance. While at Oberlin, she also enjoyed studying violin pedagogy. Heidi met Dorothy Delay at the Aspen Summer Music School and continued studying with her at The Juilliard School where she received an Advanced Certificate post graduate degree in violin performance. She stayed in New York for many years after graduating doing solo, chamber and orchestral performances and has two favorable New York Times reviews for solo performances. Heidi has always enjoyed teaching and is greatly rewarded by the happiness and success of her students. In New York she taught at the Bloomingdale School of Music and Concordia Conservatory. In the Netherlands, she started the Allegro Music School and taught orchestral studies at the International School of the Hague. Having recently moved back to America, Heidi has been implementing an orchestral program at a private boarding school in California. Heidi is excited to be back in Maine and is looking very much forward to being part of the musical community in the Portland area. She is committed to bringing out the very best in every student musically, technically and joyfully.
Clare Crane, Registrar & Office Manager
Clare Crane joins the Portland Conservatory of Music after spending her summers working in Brunswick, ME with the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She is a graduate of Syracuse University where she received a B.S. in Drama (Theater Management) and minored in human development & family science and music performance. During her time at SU, Clare played tenor saxophone and clarinet in the marching band, and was able to spend a semester in NYC as the production management intern with the Vineyard Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to new work, bold programming, and the support of artists. Crane is very excited to join the PCM team and support the mission of making music education more accessible to the Portland community.