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Chamber Music by the SeaAdult Workshop

"As the spouse of a long-time participant in these workshops, I have observed from the 'outside' the musical progress that these dedicated amateurs make.  The PSQ creates disciplined but congenial experiences on many levels.  The mutually supportive atmosphere has led to long-term friendships and enthusiastic music-making."     Wade Ortel 5/25/12


Chamber Music by the Sea



The 2017 season ushers in the Portland String Quartet’s 48th consecutive season. This year we have an exciting change to announce. The 34th Chamber Music by the Sea workshop will be held at a new location, the Sebasco Harbor Resort. Same beautiful Maine coast line, new reinvigorating atmosphere! Whether you are a returning workshop participant or an avid chamber musician seeking a new and wonderfully unique experience, you are in for a challenging and fun filled five days of music making. The Chamber Music by the Sea workshop experience features: daily coaching sessions with members of the PSQ, individual and group practice time, master classes led by the PSQ, a concert by the Portland String Quartet at the beautiful barn on the grounds of the Sebasco Resort, and a concluding concert by you, the musicians.

The Portland String Quartet has made its mark as a critically acclaimed, award winning performing and educational ensemble. Whether you are an intermediate or advanced amateur your performance will be enhanced and elevated while at the workshop.

Chamber Music by the Sea this year will take place at the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Sebasco, Maine. Amenities at the Inn include a salt water swimming pool, historic game room, hiking trails right on the grounds, spa and exercise room. The chefs celebrate and update regional American heirloom recipes as well as support local and regional organic farmers, lobstermen, fishermen, cheesemakers, and dairy farmers. Participants and quartet members dine together and share experiences. Special dietary options, such as gluten free, vegetarian and can be accommodated.

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Location: Sebasco Harbor Resort 29 Kenyon Rd, Sebasco ME 04565

Here are just a few of the reasons why the Chamber Music by the Sea workshop with the Portland String Quartet experience is so extraordinary:

• 48 years of national and international performance experience.
• Learn effective team skills from the only string quartet extensively studied by the Harvard Business School as a model of teamwork.
• Ground breaking concerts and workshops in Venezuela with El Sistema founder Dr. José Antonio Abreu and the Orquesta Juvenil Simón Bolívar.
• Roundly lauded for their recordings including the complete quartet cycles of Piston, Bloch and Chadwick. ‘Best Recording’ accolades from the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
• Named "Maine Treasures" and awarded honorary Doctorates by Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where they served as Artists in Residence for 20 years.
• In 2013, awarded Chamber Music America’s Acclaim award “in recognition of outstanding service and cultural contributions to the community".
• The beautiful coast of Maine adds to the joy of music making in an intensive yet supportive atmosphere.

The Link Below is the application for the 2017 session of Chamber Music by the Sea.a. Pre-formed ensembles and individuals are welcome to apply. If you have never attended the workshop and are applying as an individual, please request a self-rating form. Participants will work in one ensemble for the entire session and may choose the literature that they will study, or request suggestions from The Portland String Quartet. Acceptance is limited to a total of eight ensembles so early application is recommended. The final application deadline is March 1, 2017

Application for the May workshop
Tuition: $550 per person

Application for the May workshop must be received by March 1, 2017. Notifications of acceptance and a workshop schedule will be sent out upon approval by the Portland String Quartet. A non-refundable deposit for tuition and housing will be requested upon workshop acceptance - do not send payment at this time.

Contact Information:

Chamber Music by the Sea
25 Hildreth Rd. Harpswell. ME 04079
Phone 207-286-6688

Kookie McNerney, Coordinator <>


The Maine Festival of American Music:

Its Roots and Traditions

  12th Season, June 21-24, 2017

     Presented by the United Society of Shakers

      Musical Directors: The Portland String Quartet

  All performances take place in the 1794 Meeting House

         Sabbathday Lake, New Gloucester, Maine


The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in a close association with the Portland String Quartet has enjoyed annual concerts and shared personal events since the 1970s.   Now, entering its twelfth Festival season, their musical and educational collaboration continues as strong as ever.  This Festival has become a high point in the Sabathday Lake Shaker calendar and in the quartet's busy year-round schedule of concerts and workshops.   No venue offers a more beautiful and acoustically welcoming setting for chamber music than the 1794 Meeting House.  As the Portland Press Herald proclaimed: "Portland String Quartet at Shaker House Simply a Gift."  

PSQ 2016

Woody Leland Photo

    Patrick Owen, cello Julia Adams, viola Ronald Lantz, violin Dean Stein, violin


Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. Portland String Quartet

A special tribute to Sister Frances Carr, the Quartet No. 5 by Walter Piston a native of Rockland Maine (1894-1967) will be performed and along with his stunning and jazzy compositions the complimentary pieces of the masters Mozart and Debussy . $20


Thursday, June 22 , 7:00 p.m

Kevin Siegfried, Portsmouth Singers, and Brother Arnold Hadd

Composer Kevin Siegfried leads the Portsmouth Singers in a program of Shaker msuc. Audience particpation is encouraged! Brother Arnold Hadd shares personal and historical insights about past and present relevance of the songs within Shaker life. $20


Friday, June 23 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Developing the Gift of Talent. Workshop Day at the Festival brings student and adult quartets to Shaker Village to study movements of major works from the literature with the Portland String Quartet. Master Class will be held in the historic 1794 Meeting House (3-5pm). FREE OF CHARGE to the public

Friday Evening, June 23, -7:00 p.m.

The Don Roy Trio Franco-American fiddler Don Roy is the aural signature of the Pine Tree State: crisp, straightforward fiddling that is born and bred in Maine's French Canadian mill towns. $15

Saturday, June 24, -7:00 p.m.

Portland String Quartet honors maine composer, and distinguished Professor of Music at Bowdoin College Elliott Schwartz. Works by Haydn and Dvorak will add context to Schwartz' last work, String Quartet No. 3: Portrait for Deedee, a final tribute to his beloved wife. $20


"The 2017 Workshop Day at the Maine Festival of American Music brought 34 musicians of all ages to Shaker Village for a day of chamber music study with the Portland String Quartet.  From Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn to William Grant Still, Walter Piston and the presence of a young composer - Soren Nyhus - along with the world premier of his latest string quartet "Grazioso" - made this 12th season of the MFAM very special!

MFAN workshop


Ticket prices are $20 for adults, and free with reservation for students ages 21 and under.

Visit <> or call (207) 926-4597 for further information.  Workshop Day fee is $60 pp.  Inquiries can be sent to Julia Adams: or call (207) 773-2597.


We hope to see you at the Shaker Village this summer!

Previous year's festival information: 2014 2013,2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008



Workshop 2016

The Portland String Quartet Workshop -

Saint Joseph's College, Standish, ME, July 23 -August 6, 2017

Since 1975 talented students from all over the U.S. and abroad have come to Maine for an intensive two-week session of chamber music study and performance with the Portland String Quartet.  Known as "a model of experienced ensemble playing" - The New York Times, the PSQ Workshop provides a rigorous schedule of rehearsals, coaching sessions, master classes and concerts designed to communicate the art of ensemble performance to a new generation of gifted string players.


The Workshop fee of $1550 includes tuition, meals and lodging on campus, a Workshop T-Shirt and a photo. A limited number of partial scholarships may be awarded. Registration is Sunday July 23rd, 3:00 - 5:00pm.

Pre-registration is required and all applicants must include a $150 deposit made payable to "The Portland String Quartet." This deposit will be credited to tuition upon acceptance and refunded only if the application is not accepted. The balance of the Workshop fee, $1400, is due June 8, 2017.

Special consideration is given to string quartets applying as full ensembles. New applicants must submit an audition CD or video of approximately 10 minutes duration or arrange a live audition. All applicants need to send a brief resume along with their deposit to: 

   Ronald Lantz, 179 Longfellow Street, Portland, ME, 04103 U.S.A.
            E-mail address: <>

Participant concerts will take place on Saturday, August 5th, at 2:30 and at 7:00 p.m.     

         We look forward to working with you this summer at Saint Joseph's!
                                                      The PSQ

To download a 2016 St. Joseph's Brochure click here
Registration forms can be downloaded here:


" All of us really love to teach. That's a very important part of what we do. When we think of a "legacy," we really think of our students and their students and their students' students hopefully transmitting not only just our understanding of the technical aspects of music but also the deeper, personal, meaningful aspects of why." Julia Adams










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Portland String Quartet Workshop

St. Joseph's College

My experiences at PSQ [Colby] as a student, counselor, musician and human being have been so wonderfully formative. This I will NEVER forget.

Wesley Tudor, cellist








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