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Portland Ovations Pre-Concert Lecture with Laura Kargul on Saturday, Jan. 25,

Portland Ovations Pre-Concert Lecture with Laura Kargul on Saturday, Jan. 25, 3:00 pm Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus. Free and open to the public

This free, public lecture, “Hot Off the Keyboard: Great Composers as Improvisers,” will precede the concert by pianist Gabriela Montero, which starts at 4:00.  Concert tickets are not required to be admitted to the lecture.

Hot Off the Keyboard: Great Composers as Improvisers

In a pre-concert lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” pianist Laura Kargul will discuss the renowned improvisational skills of some of the greatest classical composers. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound as though they were forged in the fire of a solo late-night jam session, perhaps under the influence of wine, or worse. When a pianist performs such works as if they were “transcribed improvisations,” listeners can experience the music as if it is being composed in the moment.  Dr. Kargul will discuss and demonstrate how a pianist can make a work composed long ago sound spontaneous and new, “hot off the keyboard.” 



Elliot Schwartz Memorial Practice Rooms Project at Portland Conservatory on Saturday, January 18th at 7 pm.

Bridget Convey and Gulimina Mahamuti will be among eight featured pianists performing at the Elliott Schwartz Memorial Practice Rooms Project – a unique and fun musical adventure taking place the day before Schwartz’s birthday on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7 pm at the Portland Conservatory. The Project will feature premieres of nine pieces for multiple pianos, to be performed in the practice rooms of the Portland Conservatory.  While the performers will be in different rooms, they will play the compositions at the same time and explore new means of ensemble communication. See details in the enclosed poster.


Resinosa Ensemble at UMA Jewett Hall Saturday 10/19 at 7:30pm, FREE!

The Resinosa Enemble will be performing a FREE concert at UMA Jewett Hall, on Saturday 10/19 at 7:30pm.
Featuring our 2019-2020 program “American Reflections”.
RESINOSA ENSEMBLEJoelle Morris, mezzo-sopranoEliza Meyer, celloBridget Convey, piano
Featuring three new works composed by Maine composers: Rick Nelson, Nancy Gunn, and Dan Sonenberg. As well as works by: Andre Previn, Lukas Foss, and Bunita Marcus.

Ocy L. Downs Biennial Piano Competition registration materials are available here.

The Portland Conservatory of Music is proud to announce the 2020 Ocy L. Downs Biennial Piano Price Competition.  Click here to see the repertoire requirements and here to see the application. The application deadline is March 1 and the competition will take place on March 28 at PCM.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need further info. 

Jean Murachanian, Ph.D.Executive DirectorPortland Conservatory of Music


Music Teacher/Teaching Assistant Wanted for Chewonki Elementary School

Elementary School at Chewonki seeks a dynamic individual to incorporate music with instrument and vocal instruction into the elementary school and to assist our teachers in the facilitation of our elementary program.

The music teacher creates and delivers music curriculum for our younger students and directs instrument and vocal ensembles for our older students. This teacher works in collaboration with the teaching team to provide music instruction and integration throughout the school curriculum and activities.

The teaching assistant position for the Elementary School at Chewonki starts in mid-late August and ends in mid-June. The assistant works directly with the elementary teachers to assist the facilitation of integrated, place-based lessons in all core subject areas, experiential outdoor activities, and flow of the school day. The assistant will uphold Chewonki standards and classroom protocols, and work with each teacher to support their teaching methods and positive discipline. The teaching assistant is an integral part of the school’s division staff, who will be cross-trained to assist in other school programs, based on background, education, training, and professional development.

Position Title:  Music Teacher/Teaching Assistant
Employment Category:  Category B
Permanent/Temporary:  Permanent
Reports to:  Lead Teacher
Exempt/Non-exempt:  Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks):  Full time, academic year
Benefits Eligible:  Yes

For a complete description of the position and application instructions, please visit the Chewonki Employment Opportunities page.

Thank you very much for your help if this is possible. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Amanda Cooke

Amanda CookeHuman Resources Administrative Assistant

Chewonki Foundation

485 Chewonki Neck Road

Wiscasset, Maine 04578

207-882-7323207-882-9564 (confidential fax)


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