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 Upcoming Events

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

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

Season Tickets are being offered for all upcoming events

through June 2022 including our "Welcome to Chamber Music" concert, plus two

complimentary tickets to online performances that you can give to friends.

Free tickets for students and subsidized tickets are also available by emailing us.

Unless otherwise noted, all performances for the 2021-2022 season will be held at Woodfords Church pending CDC guidelines.

Sun. Sept. 26th, 2021 – PSQ Concert I

Where: Portland Conservatory of Music,

28 Neal Street, Portland


Franz Joseph Haydn - Op. 50, No. 3 

Florence Price - Quartet in G Major

Bedřich Smetana - Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, "From My Life"

Sun. Nov. 14th, 2021 – PSQ Concert II

Where: Woodfords Church,

202 Woodford Street, Portland


Rebecca Clarke - Adagio

Dmitri Shostakovich - Quartet No. 3 

Ernest Bloch - Piano Quintet No. 1


Guest Artist, Paul Posnak

Sun. Dec. 5th, 2021 – VentiCordi Chamber Music

Where: Woodfords Church,

202 Woodford Street, Portland


Oboist Kathleen McNerney and PSQ Violinist Dean Stein, Artistic Directors of VentiCordi Chamber Music, collaborate with extraordinary guest artists to present a beautiful and diverse program featuring both familiar and lesser-known works for winds and strings.

Mon. Dec. 20th, 2021 – Winter Solstice Concert

Where: Motherhouse, 605 Stevens Avenue, Portland

When: 6:00 p.m. – Free! PSQ’s “Gift to the City”


Bach’s Art of the Fugue will be performed in the newly re-opened chapel with its exquisite stained glass windows.

Sun. Feb. 13th, 2022 – Lantz/Kargul Duo

Where: Woodfords Church,

202 Woodford Street, Portland


PSQ Violinist Ronald Lantz and USM pianist Laura Kargul present their Valentine’s Day concert full of passionate playing combined with lively and insightful commentary. This annual concert is a “must-hear” event for all music lovers.

Co-presented by PSQS & USM School of Music

Sun. Mar. 27th, 2022 – Welcome to Chamber Music

Where: Piper Shores,

15 Piper Road, Scarborough


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 WTCM is included for Season Subscribers!

Sun. Apr. 3rd, 2022 – PSQ Concert III

Where: Woodfords Church,

202 Woodford Street, Portland


Jessie Montgomery - Strum 

Ludwig van Beethoven - Op. 18, No. 4 in C minor

Jerod Tate - Moonstrike 

Many thanks to our 53rd Season Sponsors:


Bernstein Shur

IIS Financial

OceanView at Falmouth

Piper Shores

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.


From L to R: Dean Stein and Ronald Lantz, violins, Julia Adams, viola, Andrew Mark, cello

Photo by Woody Leland.