Name Sched Rilearts Lark workshop Recording


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.

Explore Sebasco Harbor Resort at
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

  11th Season, June 22-25, 2016

     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 eleventh Festival season, their musical and educational collaboration continues as strong as ever.  This Festival has become a high point in the SDL 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 22, 7:00 p.m.



Thursday, June 23 , 7:00 p.m.



Friday, June 24 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

“Learning to Perform” –The Portland String Quartet coaches student string quartets as they bring scores to life and prepare for a culminating Master Class. 


Friday Evening, June 24, 7:00 p.m.



Saturday, June 25, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Saturday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.




Master Class


Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 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



St Joes 2013

The Portland String Quartet Workshop -

Saint Joseph's College, Standish, ME, July 17 - July 31, 2016

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 $1,500 includes tuition, meals and lodging on campus, a Workshop T-shirt and photo.  Special consideration is given to string quartets applying as full ensembles.  A limited number of partial scholarships may be awarded.  Registration is on Sunday, July 17, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Preregistration is required and all applications 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, $1,350, is due June 1, 2016.  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 résumé along with their $150 deposit to:

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

Participant concerts will take place on Saturday, July 26th, 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














The Maine Festival of American Music

707 Shaker Rd,  New Gloucester, ME



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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