The Karger College Prep, Maine’s only college preparatory music program, is proudly entering its seventh year. The program accepts students in 8th grade and above.
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 will 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.
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 coachings, 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.
To learn more about the Karger Program, read the following article, written by Liesl Quigley, recent Karger graduate.
Discounted tuition is $900 for the academic year ($450/semester) plus the yearly registration fee of $40. The discounted tuition is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Trudi Karger/Frank Glazer Endowment. Additional need-based scholarships may be available for qualifying students.
Karger College Prep Program Faculty
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.
Laura del sol Jiménez, Music History & Theory
Flutist Laura del Sol Jiménez has won numerous awards throughout her career, highlighted by the expressiveness and poised technical accuracy of her performances. Currently based in New York City and Portland, Maine, Laura has performed in Argentina, Chile, Israel, Italy, Japan, the United States, and her native Colombia.
Laura was a prizewinner in the Gran Premio de Santiago Flute competition in Chile, Colombia’s Concurso Universitario de Flauta de Bogotá, Ciudad de Bogotá Woodwind Competition, and selected five times for the roster of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango Concert Series.
Laura has appeared as a soloist with the Cali Philharmonic Orchestra, Marga-Marga Symphony, Caldas Symphonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia Orchestra, and Universidad Javeriana Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra, Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, and the CUNY Dominican Studies Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Laura has performed at international music festivals such as the Bowdoin Music Festival and the Portland Bach Festival, and collaborated with groups such as Windscape and the Jupiter String Quartet. In 2015, Laura founded the Linos trio, which toured Colombia and produced a much-acclaimed album premiering music of contemporary Latin American composers.
Laura has dedicated much of her career to commissioning and performing works of Latin American composers. Originally from the coffee-belt Colombian town of Calarcá, she has uniquely experienced the power of music to heal communities in war-torn countries. To help provide musical resources to under-served Colombian communities, Laura founded the Orpheus Cultural Foundation in 2013, dedicated to achieving social inclusion and encouraging the development of arts in communities devastated by Colombia’s 50-year war.
Laura holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She performs on a Sankyo silver flute and Emmanuel gold head joint.
Lydia Forbes, Ensemble Coaching
Lydia’s career has been guided by a singular intention — to delve as deeply as possible into the magic of great chamber music literature, old and new.
Lydia has concertized throughout Europe and the U.K. with Ensemble L’Archibudelli, Zephyr Kwartet, Het Schoenberg Ensemble, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Het Blazers Ensemble, Osiris Piano Trio, I Fiamminghi, and Ensemble Explorations. During this time, she recorded with some of the world’s most prominent labels; Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi, CNM, and for Vienna Modern Masters as soloist with the Czech Radio Philharmonic. She has also performed for festivals in Europe, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Lydia has also served as concertmaster for Het Orkest van het Oosten in the Netherlands.
Lydia was drawn to the DaPonte String Quartet by their love and respect for the work. She lives in Alna, Maine with cellist Myles Jordan and their children.
Myles Jordan, Ensemble Coaching