P.O. Box 11, Portland, Maine 04112 
(207) 761-1522

The mission of the Portland String Quartet Society is to promote chamber music and music education in the state of Maine.

The Society is committed to advancing this mission through the activities and musical leadership of the Portland String Quartet. 

The Portland String Quartet Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Our EIN is EIN: 01-0367023

Our 54th Season 2022-23

To purchase tickets for our upcoming events, visit our Square site here,

contact us at or call us at (207) 761-1522.


Season Tickets for events through June 2023 including the following:

- PSQ Concert I (Oct 16, 2022)
- VentiCordi Chamber Music (Nov 13, 2022)
- PSQ Concert II (Dec 4, 2022)
- Valentine's Day w/ Lantz & Kargul (Feb 12, 2023)
- Welcome to Chamber Music (Mar 26, 2023)
- PSQ III Concert (Apr 16, 2023)
- PSQ IV Concert (May 14, 2023)

Additionally, the Season Ticket also includes two (2) complimentary tickets for use at any event - a total savings of almost $90!

Sun. October 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – PSQ Concert I
Where: Portland Conservatory of Music,
28 Neal Street, Portland, ME

Haydn Quartet Op. 20, No. 5 in f minor
Jessie Montgomery - Strum
Beethoven Op. 127

Sun. November 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – VentiCordi Chamber Music
Where: Woodfords Congregational Church
202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

*Program TBA*

Sun. December 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – PSQ Concert II
Where: Portland Conservatory of Music
28 Neal Street, Portland, ME

William Grant Still - Danzas de Panama
Lucien Durosoir - String Qt. No. 2
Mozart Clarinet Quintet


Sun. February 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. – Valentine's Day with Lantz & Kargul
Where: Woodfords Congregational Church
202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

Violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul will present a passionate program with lively and insightful commentary. This annual concert, a “must-hear” event for all music lovers, is co-presented by Portland String Quartet Society & Osher School of Music at the University of Southern Maine. Admission is free for USM music students, and PSQS provides free tickets to students under 21 thanks to the generosity of the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust. To receive a student discount code that can be applied before checkout, please email (select either "General" or "Senior", click "Attend", then click on "Add a coupon code" under the total to apply the code you received).

Sun. March 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. – Welcome to Chamber Music
Where: Portland Conservatory of Music
28 Neal Street, Portland, ME

Welcome to Chamber Music features selections from the Baroque era to the present day. Enjoy hearing both a performance and an in-depth discussion about the music in this relaxed and informal setting. Admission to this event is included with your Season Subscription!

Sun. April 16, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. – PSQ Concert III
Where: Portland Conservatory of Music,
28 Neal Street, Portland, ME

Joseph Boulogne, chevalier de Saint-Georges - Quartet No. 5
Hans Gál - 5 Intermezzi
Ruth Crawford-Seeger Quartet
Viola Quintet TBA

Sun. May 14, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. – PSQ Concert IV
Where: Portland Conservatory of Music,
28 Neal Street, Portland, ME

Walter Piston - Quartet No. 1
Bartok Quartet No. 5
Florence Price Piano Quintet TBA


Many thanks to our 54th Season Sponsors thus far:

OceanView at Falmouth

About the Portland String Quartet Society/LARK Society


The PORTLAND STRING QUARTET SOCIETY (formerly the LARK Society for Chamber Music) is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to improving the cultural lives of Maine residents by providing them with opportunities to listen to and learn about chamber music from the highly acclaimed, internationally recognized, Portland String Quartet.
Since its inception in 1980, the PSQ Society has endeavored to remain at the forefront of the local art scene by implementing fresh policies and programs that make chamber music accessible to people of all ages and incomes.

The Portland String Quartet Concert Series
The Portland String Quartet Society supports a five-concert series held during the season at Woodfords Church in Portland. In addition to three performances by the PSQ, VentiCordi Chamber Music (led by Dean Stein, PSQ violinist and oboist Kathleen McNerney) and the Lantz-Kargul Duo (PSQ violinist Ronald Lantz and USM professor Laura Kargul) present concerts. These collaborations provide the audience with a great variety of the finest in chamber music. Information may be found at the PSQ website ( ). For further information, contact the Portland String Quartet Society at, or by calling the PSQ office at 207.761.1522.

PSQ Society as Innovators
The Portland String Quartet Society and Portland String Quartet itself have a proven commitment to building knowledge and love of music in future generations of concert-goers through our innovative programs and policies that educate people of all ages in the wonder of string quartet music and engender in them a life-long love of intimate, carefully wrought chamber music. Some of these innovations include a Free Ticket Policy for those 21 and younger, and our enormously popular Welcome to Chamber Music recital with commentary program. We created our subsidized ticket policy for those with restricted incomes to enable more people to enjoy great Chamber Music in the State of Maine. 

PSQ Society as Collaborators
The Portland String Quartet Society and the PSQ actively collaborate with other municipal and cultural organizations. As stated above, the PSQ Concert Series includes VentiCordi Chamber Music and the Lantz- Kargul Violin and Piano Duo. Past collaborators in Maine have included; Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick; Ram Island Dance, Portland Museum of Art, Portland's Downtown District, Portland Conservatory of Music, Bates College, Colby College, Rivertree Arts in Kennebunk, and more than a dozen Maine high schools.

PSQ Society's Sustainability

The Portland String Quartet Society raises funds to support its programs through a variety of sources including advertising in the concert program; grants; contributions; local business support; ticket sales and sponsorships.