Maine’s premier college preparatory music program

Karger College Prep singer - Portland Conservatory of Music

The Karger College Preparatory 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.


Applications and Audition

To apply, please fill out the online Karger program application form.

Interested Karger program students need to audition for acceptance into the program.

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.

Send your video to:

Once we resume normal operations you can schedule an in-person audition with the Karger Director, please contact the Registrar to schedule in-person auditions.

Fall 2020 Audition

When Where
Video auditions through August 1
Audition in person: August 1 starting at 10:00 am 
202 Woodford St., 3rd Floor Theory Room,
Portland, ME 04102

Academic Calendar

The Karger program classes are held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

12 Sessions | Sept. 12 – Dec. 5

Month Days
September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21
December 5

Karger 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
Annah Gauthier


Annah Gauthier, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music


Karger Students - Portland Conservatory of Music

What students have to say about Karger

“Karger 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

“Karger 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 Karger 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