The Maine Festival of American Music:
Its Roots and Traditions
15th Season, June 24-27 2020

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 fifteenth Festival season, their musical and educational collaboration continues as strong as ever.  This Festival has become a high point in the Sabbathday 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."  

Event Schedule



Portland String Quartet Concert




Developing the Gift of Talent

Workshop   9AM-3PM

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. A Master Class, free and open to the public, will be held in the historic 1794 Meeting House from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. 

Masterclass 3PM-5PM



Portland String Quartet Concert


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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. 

Inquiries re: the workshop can be sent to Julia Adams: 

or call (207) 773-2597.


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

Presented by the United Society of Shakers

Musical Directors: The Portland String Quartet

All performances take place in the 1794 Meeting House

707 Shaker Rd

New Gloucester, Maine 04260

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