The Karger College Prep Division, Maine’s only college preparatory music program, is proudly entering its sixth 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.
Tuition is $800 for the academic year ($400/semester) plus the yearly registration fee of $35. Additional need-based scholarships may be available for qualifying students.
2016-2017 Karger College Prep Students:
Mason Burke, a sophomore at Kennebunk High School, recently attended the Harvard Forum for Leadership Institute. He is a tri-sport varsity athlete in tennis, skiing and sailing. Mason studies piano with Carol Ingraham and will be studying piano this summer in Alsace, France at Musicalta.
Devon Cohen, a junior at Portland High School, studies voice with David Goulet. Devon participated in the Tanglewood Institute last summer and is a previous NATS winner. Devon will attend the Washington National Opera Institute this summer.
Emma Flores, is a voice student of Scott Wheatley and a sophomore at Kennebunk High School where she is a member of the Chamber Choir (soprano) and Wind Ensemble (clarinet). She is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and she performed at the District and All State Music Festivals in the mixed choirs in 2016 and 2017. Emma placed third in the last two Classical NATS competitions. Last year, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the High School Honors Performance Series Women’s Choir. Emma is a member of Maine Opera’s “Opera Teen” group and performed last summer at Merrill Auditorium in Opera Maine’s production of Carmen as a member of the adult chorus. She was chosen by Opera America in New York to serve on the national Opera Teens Advisory Committee as Manager of Social Media. This summer, Emma will be attending the voice program for high school students at Brevard Music Center’s Summer Institute in North Carolina.
Andrea Garcia, an 8th grader at Lincoln Middle School, has been studying piano for 8 years and is a student of Cecile DeRoche. Andrea also plays soccer and runs track.
Alice Hauser, an upcoming junior at Kennebunk High School, currently studies piano with Naydene Bowder, and was the Division I winner of the 2016 Ocy L. Downs Piano Competition. She was also awarded the 2017 David A. Dionne Music Scholarship. This summer, she will be studying piano at the Musicalta Rouffach Academy in Alsace, France. Alice was selected as the Kennebunk High School representative to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. She also attended the 2016 Harvard Forum for Leadership Institute. She is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, participates in Kennebunk High School Model UN and Mock Trial, and has performed in Maine’s All-State Choir and District I Honors Festival for the past two years.
Caleb Hickman studied at the Frank Sinatra school of the arts in New York City. He moved to Maine a year ago and finished an accelerated high school program in December. In addition to the Portland Conservatory of Music, he is taking a class at the Maine College of Art. This past year, Caleb formed his own band and is currently working on a CD at Acadia Recording Company. Caleb has been studying guitar and writing his own music for 9 years. He was recently accepted into the Berklee School of Music, and will enroll in the summer of 2018.
Leah Israel, a senior at the Waynflete School, has been a member of the Karger Program for 5 years. She has attended the Brevard Music Center for 3 years and the Washington National Opera Summer Institute last summer. Leah studies voice with Karen Holvik at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and is a previous NATS winner.
Paul Keffer is a freshman at Deering High School, where he plays in the concert and jazz bands. He has been studying classical guitar with Nathan Kolosko for seven years.
Liesl Quigley, a senior at Kennebunk High School, has studied voice for 8 years and currently studies with Dr. Elisabeth Marshall. Liesl has participated in the Tanglewood Institute for the past 2 summers and is a previous NATS winner. This year, she performed in the 2017 Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival and placed third in the Maine NATS Division III. She will major in Vocal Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music next year.
Genevieve Welch, a junior at the Waynflete School, as been studying voice for 6 years and is currently studying with Jessica Kenlan. Genevieve has participated in both the Interlochen and Oklahoma City Summer Programs and is a previous winner at the NATS competition.
Mary Isabelle Wisell, a freshman at Cape Elizabeth High School, has studied piano for 8 years and currently studies with Emmett Harrity. Mary is a member of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble.
Karger College Prep Division Faculty and Prior Guest Artists:
Jeff Christmas, Division Director
Julia Adams, viola
Yasmin Craig-Vitalis, violin
Duncan Cumming, piano
Carl Dimow, flute
Carol Eaton Elowe, piano
Bethany Ferland, music theory & ear training
Michael Finegold, flute
Hanna Flewelling, music theory & ear training
Derek Herzer, piano
Timothy Neill Johnson, voice
Alan Kaschub, music theory
George Lopez, piano
Eleanor Lehmann, viola and violin
Robert Lehmann, violin
Paul Machlin, voice and music theory
Elisabeth Marshall, voice
Chiharu Naruse, piano
Trond Saeverud, violin
Wren Saunders, bassoon
Mark Tipton, trumpet
Krysia Tripp, flute
Scott Wheatley, voice