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.
Tina Davis, Interim Director of The Karger College Prep Program & Piano
Tina Davis, originally from Deer Isle, completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano under Laura Kargul at the USM School of Music. In high school, she won the Ocy L. Downs Piano Competition in Portland and was a finalist in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
She has participated in the Maine Young Musicians Program at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill and performed in masterclasses with Marian Hahn, Jane Coop, Lora Tchekoratova and Mark Gibson. At USM Tina was a winner of both the Honors Recital and Chamber Music Awards.
She is in demand as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and teacher. She has played for the University Chorale, the Southern Maine Youth Chorale, the Southern Maine Children’s Choir at USM, Opera Maine, and the Stonington Opera House.
She currently coaches young pianists in the Karger College Preparatory Division at the Portland Conservatory and recently joined the artist faculty of the USM School of Music.
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.