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.
2017-18 Karger College Prep Students:
Mason Burke, a junior at Kennebunk High School, studies piano with Carol Ingraham and studied piano this past summer in Alsace, France at the Musicalta Rouffach Academy. Last year, he attended the Harvard Forum for Leadership Institute. He is a dual-sport varsity athlete in tennis and skiing.
Benjamin Carter from West Baldwin is in 11th grade and is home schooled. Ben has played violin for over 10 years and in 2016 begun studying with Ron Lantz. Ben has performed for two years with the Maine Youth Orchestra as a first violin. Previously Ben played with the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra for two years. Ben has attended Southern Maine String Camp for a number of years where he enjoys playing and performing with a chamber group and the senior orchestra. In the Summer of 2017, Ben had the experience of performing in a all-volunteer orchestra in New Hampshire with pieces from local composers produced and conducted by Ellen Schwindt called Summer Strings. In addition to the violin, Ben also studies piano. When not playing music, Ben can be found playing ice hockey and lacrosse.
Devon Cohen, a Senior at Portland High School, studies voice with David Goulet. Devon participated in the Tanglewood Institute the summer of 2016 and the Washington National Opera Institute the summer of 2017. Devon has been a member of Karger for 3 years. Devon is a previous winner of Classical and Musical Theater NATS, Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship, and Lyric Music Theater Scholarship.
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, a freshman at Deering High 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 studies at Frank Sinatra school of the arts in New York City, and with PCM guitar instructor Don Pride. 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 recorded an album at Acadia Recording Company. The Album is entitled Psycho Classical and is currently on SoundCloud and BandCamp. He also is a regular performer at Turnstile Thursday which is a public access television show and open mic. Caleb has been studying many styles of 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.
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.
Kerri-Elizabeth Robinson is 11 years old, and was born in North Carolina where her family was serving in the Air Force. After moving to Maine, Kerri-Elizabeth started studying the violin at the Portland Conservatory of Music when she was only 4 years old. She has also studied at the Snowpond Conservatory, the Institut Suzuki Montréal, Ithaca College Suzuki Institute, and the Newfoundland & Labrador Suzuki Institute. Kerri-Elizabeth is homeschooled, and is an active participant in the music ministry at First Baptist Church of South Portland.
Genevieve Welch, a senior at the Waynflete School, has been studying voice for 7 years and is currently studying with Jessica Kenlan. Genevieve has participated in both the Interlochen and Oklahoma City Summer Programs, and taken part in songwriting and production workshops at Berklee School of Music. She is also a previous winner at the classical NATS competition.
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