Dear PCM Family,

I hope you are all doing well. We miss having you and the sound of music filling our studios. We are grateful we have been able to maintain operations, more or less, through the delivery of virtual lessons.

Please read below for updates regarding our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Studios Are Closed Until the Fall 

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.  In addition, in keeping with our policy to follow the schedule of the Portland Public Schools and in an effort to err on the side of caution, PCM’s board decided to delay the reopening of our studios until the fall.

We do not want to put anyone, students or teachers, in a position where they feel compelled to return to our studios before they are ready to do so. It goes without saying that this plan could change should the virus spread.

Although there will be no in-person lessons or group classes and our events have been postponed, please keep in mind that we will continue to offer online lessons as an option.

We are working on a detailed plan for reopening our studios, based on guidelines from the CDC, which will likely include the need for social distancing, disinfection of our premises, as well as disinfecting procedures before and after all instruction.

Online Private Lessons and Group Classes

Our faculty have done a fabulous job making the conversion to online teaching via Zoom and other video platforms, so most of our private instruction and even some group classes are now taking place online. As such, we will be holding our year-end recitals online from June 1-3.

We anticipate that lessons or classes that have not been meeting virtually will resume on a limited basis once we reopen our studios this summer.

Ocy Downs Piano Competition

The Ocy L. Downs Biennial Piano Competition  will be held by video transmission.  Each candidate will come individually into the PCM studios to perform on our  new Steinway piano in the Theory Room and be recorded. We anticipate mid-late June for these recordings.

Online Noonday Concerts

While we’re all staying at home, PCM is pleased to continue our Noonday Concert Series online on our homepage. We hope you enjoy it!

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

We look forward to when we can offer our events once again! Noonday will be held online as noted above, but the Dimensions in Jazz spring series has been cancelled.

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