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.

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

Acceptance into the Karger College Preparatory Program is by audition only. There is no cost to apply and audition.

Fall 2020 Audition

When Where
Early audition: May 9 and 16

Final audition: August 1

To schedule an audition, please contact the Registrar .

202 Woodford St., 3rd Floor Theory Room,
Portland, ME 04102

Academic Calendar

The Karger Prep program meets on Saturdays starting at 9:00 am.

Date Event
Jan. 21 Spring semester begins
Jan. 25 Classes begin
Feb. 15 & 22 Winter break [no classes]
April 18 & 25 Spring break [no classes]
May 9 Classes end
May TBD Spring Serenade Gala (ensemble performances)
May. 17-22 Concert Week (ensemble performances)

Karger Faculty

Laura del sol Jiménez

Director, 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