Playa String Quartet - Portland Conservatory of Music

We are happy to report that we will be resuming our regular chamber music programs in our new space in the fall. 

Advanced String Quartet

Presented by members of the Portland String Quartet

Julia Adams and Ronald Lantz, members of the Portland String Quartet, coach chamber music ensembles who are prepared to study and perform major literature from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Neo-classical composers and beyond.

Literature is selected in consultation with the players to best challenge each group. Enrollment is dependent on a similar level of technique and experience within each ensemble.

A one-hour session each week prepares an ensemble for a performance at the end of each semester of study.


Coaching sessions meet for 10 or more weeks and are $20 per session.


Julia Adams, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicJulia Adams, Ensemble Coaching

Julia Adams is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. in Music). She received her M.A. in Music Performance from San Francisco State College and has an Honorary PhD. in Music from Colby College where, as the violist of the Portland String Quartet (PSO), she served as Artist in Residence for a span of 20 years.

Julia has toured professionally with the PSQ to over 24 countries and has been awarded, with her colleagues, top critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Boston Globe and other major news sources for concert performances and recording releases.


Robert Lantz - Portland String QuartetRonald Lantz, Ensemble Coaching

Ronald Lantz, violinist, received his musical education at Indiana University with graduate work at the Juilliard School.

His major influences in violin and chamber music were Daniel Guilet, Sally Thomas, Ivan Galamian, the Beaux Art Trio, Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and the Hungarian String Quartet.

Mr. Lantz has toured extensively nationally and internationally since 1969 as a founding member of the Portland String Quartet.

Chamber Ensemble Program

Presented by members of the Daponte Quartet

Arisu Quartet - Portland Conservatory of Music» Ensembles are open to all ages, abilities and instruments.
» One hour sessions for 8 weeks each semester

PCM offers students the opportunity to be placed in any form of chamber music group, from duos to octets, in either mixed instrument groups or traditional instrumental combinations. Students are placed in these groups based on interest and ability, and are matched with a faculty coach.

Playing in a chamber ensemble is an invaluable experience for any musician. Students learn the importance of balance, taking leadership to showcase important lines and learning when to play at a softer dynamic to showcase others. Every player is heard, teaching students to take ownership of their parts while listening for the nuances in others. As members of an ensemble, students gain a shared sense of responsibility, becoming better listeners, performers, and musicians as a whole.

Semesters culminate in a performance opportunity. Students work together with the ensemble members and faculty coach to choose an appropriate repertoire.


$300 | A $35 registration fee for 2020-2021 will be due for new students.


Miles Jordan, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicMyles Jordan, Ensemble Coaching

Cellist Myles Jordan arrived in the US from Canada in 1981. While attending graduate school in Philadelphia he founded the DaPonte String Quartet and taught cello and chamber music at Temple University, Wilkes University, then afterwards at the University of North Texas. Holding a doctorate and with almost four decades of professional experience, Jordan has recorded for RCA Red Seal, CBC, Cadenza and Centaur records, written for Strad Magazine and collaborated in chamber music concerts and broadcasts with many of the world’s greatest performing artists.

A firm believer in the inestimable value of art music, Myles strives to give students a sense that the highest possible standards are both their calling and their responsibility. Learning constantly from resources that are partly documentary, partly technical, partly traditional and partly spiritual, to lay open as clearly as possible composers’ original intentions, is the central ideal to which he has dedicated his working life.

Lydia Forbes, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicLydia 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 her love and respect for the work. She lives in Cumberland, Maine, with cellist Myles Jordan and her three children.

Are you ready to make music together?

If you would like to be placed in a chamber ensemble, please fill out the online Chamber Ensembles Student Form.  Or, call 207-775-3356 to talk to the Registrar or email for more information.