Maine’s only college preparatory music program accepts students in 8th grade and above.

Karger College Prep - Portland Conservatory of Music Comprehensive Music Education

Students admitted to the Karger program (by audition) are provided with a comprehensive music education that will prepare them for college, university, or conservatory studies following high school.  Students receive instruction in music theory, ear training, music history and literature, as well as solo and chamber music coaching and performance opportunities.  Group piano classes are available for non-pianists.

College Admission and Performance Success

Recent members and alumni of the Karger program have gone on to attend the Tanglewood Institute, Brevard Music Center, the Hartt School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Furthermore, current and past members have consistently been prize winners in competitions throughout the Northeast.  Through instruction, masterclasses and coaching, students will interact and collaborate with the esteemed Portland Conservatory faculty who represent some of the finest musicians in the state of Maine and beyond.

As a precursor to college, the Karger Program’s Saturday morning schedule will reflect a typical college schedule, seeking to foster critical thinking and listening, essential qualities in musicians with professional aspirations, while also emphasizing the collaborative and social aspects of music making.

Join the Karger Prep Program


» $900 per semester

How to Apply

»  Fill out our online application form and we will contact you to schedule an audition
»  Or use the PDF application audition form. You can drop it off at our offices, or return it by email.
»  If you prefer, call (207-775-3356) or email our Registrar Clare Crane

Auditions 2018-19

Held at 202 Woodford St., 3rd Floor Theory Room, Portland, ME 04102

Date Time Deadline
(for receipt of application form & required attachments)
June 8, Friday 3:00-6:30 pm June 6
Aug. 27, Monday 3:00-6:30 pm August 20

Karger College Prep Faculty

Music History & Theory
Laura del sol Jiménez

Laura del sol Jimenez, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music

Ensemble Coaching
Myles Jordan

Miles Jordan, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music

Luette Saul, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music


Liesl Quigley, a recent Karger graduate, writes about her experiences in the Karger program.

Quotes from Karger Program parents:

“This is a fantastic program, fostering musical education and friendships.”

“It offers the classically minded young adult an opportunity to meet other like-minded kids and learn from top instructors.”

“The only program of its kind in Maine.”

“The training from PCM has been as good as and even better than the college prep programs available in more urban areas.”