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

UPDATE: Welcome to Chamber Music is now being held on Saturday, June 18th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal Street, Portland ME

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Our 2021 - 22 Season

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. May 8th, 2022 – PSQ Concert III

Where: Portland Conservatory of Music,

28 Neal Street, Portland


Joaquín Turina - La Oración del Torero

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

Jerod Tate - MoonStrike 


Narrator, David Lonebear Sanipass

Sun. May 22nd, 2022 – Lantz/Kargul Duo

Where: Woodfords Church,

202 Woodford Street, Portland

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, and sponsored by Dr. Newell and Tenney '79 Augur. 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. June 5th, 2022 - Annual Spring Benefit

Where: Frontier,

14 Maine Street

Mill 3 Fort Andross

Brunswick, ME 04011


This program will include performances by the Portland String
Quartet and special guest musicians. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
will be served buffet style. Guests will receive one complimentary beverage (beer or wine) and have the option to purchase more. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Sat. June 18th, 2022 - Welcome to Chamber Music

Where: Portland Conservatory of Music,

28 Neal Street, Portland


Welcome to Chamber Music this year features a 'tour' of Beethoven's groundbreaking Op. 18 Quartet No. 4 in C minor. 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!

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.