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.
Jeff Christmas, Karger College Prep Division Director
Originally from North Carolina, Jeff Christmas is a baritone who has experience singing and teaching in a variety of styles. As a classical singer Jeff has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Knoxville Opera, Greenville Light Opera Works and more. Jeff got his Masters of Music at the Boston Conservatory where he studied with William Cotten and Michael Strauss.
In addition to the classical work, Jeff has always enjoyed musical theater and contemporary singing. As a singer Jeff has performed with acts ranging in style from Synth Art Piano Pop to an Americana banjo-based trio. He’s played electric guitar in rock bands, bass in the pit for modern dance performances, and piano for classical singers. He is comfortable with a diverse range of musical genres and enjoys working with a wide range of students.
In addition to teaching at Portland Conservatory of Music and serving as the Division Director of Karger College Prep, Jeff also teaches music theory at Bowdoin College, directs vocal and instrumental ensembles at Baxter Academy, and performs whenever he can.
Meaghan LaSala, Registrar and Office Manager
Meaghan has many years of experience in education and the nonprofit sector. Outside of her work at PCM she is a freelance journalist, and serves on the board of the Southern Maine Workers’ Center. Meaghan grew up in a musical family and plays guitar and clarinet. She is honored to help advance PCM’s mission to make music education more accessible to everyone in our community.