Dear PCM Family,

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy. We have been closely monitoring communications from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine CDC, and City of Portland regarding COVID-19.

Please read below for updates regarding our closing and some of our upcoming events:

PCM Closure Extended: Closed through April 27
Following the lead of the Portland Public Schools, we will be closed until April 27.

Additionally, there is a Stay at Home Emergency Order effective for the City of Portland beginning today, Wednesday March 25 at 5:00pm.

During the closure, there will be no in-person lessons or group classes and our events have been postponed. We are encouraging faculty, where possible, to conduct online lessons/group classes over services such as Facetime, Skype, and Zoom.

Our plan is to extend our Spring semester into the Summer to accommodate missed lessons from the closure.

Ocy Downs Piano Competition Postponed
The Ocy L. Downs Biennial Piano Competition has been postponed until Saturday, May 16.

We will notify all participants by Friday, May 1 if the competition will be live or by video submission.

Coming Soon: Online Noonday Concerts
We are currently working to bring back our Noonday Concerts by offering them online. Stay tuned for more details on this!

Expanded Online Lesson and Group Class Offerings
Have you found yourself at home during social distancing wishing you were more comfortable playing that instrument you have laying around? Are you home with your children and wishing they had an extracurricular activity they could practice at home while activities are on hold? PCM Faculty are offering video lessons through platforms like Zoom, Facetime, and Skype! Sign up for as few as 4 lessons at a time.

Interested? Fill out our New Student Form to be paired with an instructor.

Karger College Prep – Accepting Video Auditions
The Karger College Preparatory Program is now accepting video auditions for Fall 2020! Talented young musicians in grades 8-12 meet on Saturdays to make music together and study music history, ear training skills, and theory. Check out our curriculum here.

Our Concert Series Postponed
We look forward to when we can offer our events once again! For now, the following concerts have been postponed:

March 26: Dimensions in Jazz concert by the Tony Gaboury Quartet with George Garzone at the SPACE Gallery
April 2: Noonday Concert by Kim Lehmann at First Parish Church
April 4: Dimensions in Jazz concert by the Titus Abbott Collective at Woodfords Congregational Church
April 16: Noonday Concert by Laura del Sol Jimenez
April 17: Dimensions in Jazz concert by Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble

Let’s Stay Connected!
Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @portlandconservatoryofmusic! If you would like to share any photos or videos of how you are staying musical at home, please email them to us or tag us on social media.

The best way to get in touch with the PCM Office at this time is by emailing us or through our Contact Us form on our website as we are working remotely.

Thank you and stay safe!
Portland Conservatory of Music