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Held on Thursday, May 25th, Portland Conservatory of Music’s annual Spring Serenade was a beautiful evening. The gala featured performances by the Conservatory’s Karger College Prep Division students, PCM’s advanced string quartet Arisu, and solo violinist Sara Wasdahl. We are so grateful to the extended community that came out to celebrate, and to all who helped make our spring fundraiser a great success.  We hope to see you again next year! 

We raffled off the following prizes, worth a total value of $4,000:

Week stay in cottage on Little Sebago Lake – $1500 (Winner: Nina Andersen)
Portland Harbor Hotel stay with breakfast – $250 (Winner: Jeremy Naiden)
Portland Stage 2017-2018 Subscription Pass – $230 (Winner: Gladys Garcia)
Cross Jewelers Gift Certificate – $250 (Winner: Paul Schnell)
Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Tickets – $180 (Winner: Greg Smith)
Opera Maine tickets to La Traviata – $125 (Winner: Ricky Ho)
Puffin custom sail bag by SeaBags of Maine – $150 (Winner: Amy Silva)
Skillins Nursery Gift Card – $100 (Winner: Beth Harmon)
Hand turned wood bowl by Stephen Hessert – $200 (Winner: Terri Skillins)
Portland Chamber Music Festival tickets – $70 (Winner: Chris Lane)
4 tickets to FOKO’s Orgelfest – $60 (Winner: Paul Edgar)
David’s Restaurant Gift Certificate – $25 (Winner: Beth Lubetkin)
Original Print by Fran Noel – $200 (Winner: Karin Francis)
Treehouse Café Gift Certificates – 2 @ $25 (Winner: Susanna Adams)
Foley’s Bakery Gift Certificate – $25 (Winner: Victoria Bernard)
Press Hotel dinner for two – $125 (Winner: Jara Goodrich)
PCM Early Music Festival Tickets – $80 (Winner: Lynn O’Shea)
Sugar Hill Baking Carrot Cake – $35 (Winner: Wendy Allen)
Portland Symphony Orchestra Tickets – $150 (Winner: Joan Cohen)
Woodfords F&B Restaurant Gift Certificate – $50 (Winner: Kathleen Kimball)
Dean’s Sweets Gift Certificate – $30 (Winner: Paul Schnell)
SPACE Gallery Gift Certificate – $50 (Winner: Keith Rodda)

The evening in images:

Images courtesy of Fred Field (
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 Liesl Quigley (voice) and Alice Hauser (piano), Karger College Prep students
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 The Arisu Quartet, one of PCM’s student string quartets. Violins: Julia Lee and Natalie Gale, Viola: Grace Lee, Cello: Arlo Farr-Weinfeld

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Parents and guests listen as PCM students perform
Left to Right: Beth Sellers (parent), Barbara Sellers (grandparent), James Kilbreth, Marion Lundgren, Ann Elderkin, Colleen Khoury, Phyllis Givertz, Betsy Mayberry, and Bernie Givertz (Board member) 
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Gregory Sferes (Board Member), his wife Kim Sferes, and his daughter Sorya

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Seated (left to right): Jacqueline Cohen (grandparent), Hillary Egan (PCM Co-Founder and Board member), Joan Cohen (Board member and Karger parent), Beth Kilbreth (Board member and piano student).
Standing (left to right): Peter Plumb (Advisory Board member), Stephen Hessert (Board member and piano student), David Karraker (Board member), Susanna Adams (Board member), Catherine Lindgren (parent)
Not pictured: Tom Egan, Colleen Khoury
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Jean Murachanian, Executive Director of PCM, and Jeff Christmas, Karger College Prep Division Director

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Karger College Prep Program Students and Director
Seated (left to right): Liesl Quigley, Andrea Garcia, Mason Burke
Standing (left to right): Caleb Hickman, Devon Cohen, Paul Keffer, Emma Flores, Jeff Christmas (Program Director), Alice Hauser

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Parents, students, and friends gather in the living room before the student performances

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Winners for PCM’s annual raffle, prizes amounting to $1,400 total, are announced by Meaghan LaSala (Registrar and Office Manager), Olivia Stam (Intern), and Sorya Sferes (piano student)
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Sara Wasdahl, student, performs works for solo violin