PCM’s College Preparatory Program (earlier called Karger College Prep Program) is a competitive and professionally oriented course dedicated to the musical and personal growth of talented young musicians. The program provides comprehensive conservatory-style musical education within a nurturing environment for students in grades 8 to 12.

Laura del sol Jimenez directs the program

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.

She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Learn more »

Students experience a typical college classroom that fosters critical thinking, collaboration and listening skills while preparing them for professional performance.

Students meet on Saturdays throughout the academic year, and receive instruction in:

Music Theory | Music History | Ear Training | Chamber Music


Information about the core classes of the program, additional advanced electives, as well as prerequisites to attend and more.


Tuition and Financial Aid

Information about tuition, fees and the application process for financial aid.

Karger Program Students

What students have to say about the College Prep Program

“The College Prep Program not only allows us to grow musically and expand our knowledge of music theory and history, but also teaches collaboration, and fosters a sense of community that high school musicians rarely find.” – Alice Hauser, Wake Forest University

“The College Prep Program is an amazing program that has opened my eyes to things that enhance my music knowledge.” – Caleb Hickman, Berklee College of Music

“What I like about The College Prep Program is how it is a very intense education program, where the instruction is taken very seriously, but the program is also casual enough that it’s fun and a good way to spend a Saturday morning.” – Genevieve Welch, Wellesley College

Applications and Audition

To apply, please fill out the online College Prep Program application form.

Interested College Prep Program students need to audition for acceptance into the program.

How to Audition

Because of the novel coronavirus crisis and our need for social distancing, we are currently only accepting remote auditions by pre-recorded video.

Please follow the same repertoire guidelines as for in-person auditions:

• Perform two contrasting pieces. To be eligible you must perform two contrasting pieces.
• Tell us the title, movement and composer of those pieces.

Audition Deadlines

When Where
Video auditions deadline for spring semester: February 20

Audition Uploads

You can upload your audition video to PCM’s Dropbox. Contact the Registrar for further instructions.

Tips on filming your audition video

  • If filming with a phone or tablet, please turn the phone sideways so the video is in landscape mode.
  • Please limit background noise, so we can hear your performance clearly.
  • Be sure to state your name and the piece you are performing,

File requirements

Name your video file before uploading: “College_Prep_Program_Student name_Piece”
Example: College_Prep_Program_JohnSmith_JoytoTheWorld

If you are uploading more than one piece, please upload each as a separate video file.

Academic Calendar

The College Prep Program classes are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Portland Conservatory of Music.

2021/22 Spring Class Schedule

March – May, 2022

Month Days
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Concert 5/29

College Prep Program Faculty

Laura del sol Jiménez

Music Theory & History

Laura del sol Jiménez, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music

Myles Jordan Ensemble Coaching

Myles Jordan, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music
Luette Saul


Luette Saul, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music
Miriam Schwanauer


Annah Gauthier, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music