Jean Murachanian, Executive Director, Portland Conservatory of Music

The Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) is proud to be celebrating its 23rd year as a nonprofit community music school. 

We offer music education and bring concert performances to the people of Southern Maine.

We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through music.

Growth and Opportunity

We have grown significantly in the last several years:

  • 78% growth in revenue from increased enrollment
  • 300+ students of all ages and abilities taking lessons and performing

  • 50 talented faculty on staff teaching 30 instruments

Our goals include:

  • Increased financial aid for those who otherwise cannot afford music lessons

  • Early Childhood Education Program for children ages newborn to 1 year and pre-schoolers 2-4 years

  • Expansion of group classes making music lessons affordable and building community

Special Programs

In addition to our diverse and excellent music lessons, we offer two specialized divisions and lead two children’s choirs:

  • Karger College Prep, an intensive program for musically talented high schoolers

  • Jazz Studies, an innovative program teaching improvisational skills to both youth and adults

  • Boy Singers of Maine, an esteemed organization with a 37-year history now under our leadership

  • Girl Singers of Maine, three choirs for girls grades 2 to 12 singing a wide-ranging choral repertoire

Noonday Concert Series

Our free weekly Noonday Concerts, held on Thursdays at the historic First Parish Church and every third Thursday at the Portland Public Library, provide music lovers equal access to quality music.

Portland Press Herald music critic Allan Kozinn described the Noonday concerts as one of PCM’s most broadly useful services.

Festivals and Jazz Concerts

To further our educational mission, we organize two festivals and a jazz concert series:

Our mission is to transform lives through the power of music.

Please join us on this musical journey.


Jean Murachanian, Ph.D.
Executive Director