Release date: Immediately

Date: February 9, 2021

Subject: Portland String Quartet Society Learning Fund

Further information: Shirley Helfrich, President, Portland String Quartet Society (207) 774-5144 or David Myers-Wakeman, Executive Director, (207) 761-1522


Portland, ME – The Portland String Quartet Society announces the establishment of the “PSQS Learning Fund.”  First violinist, Dean Stein, called it “a natural extension of decades of educational work by the Portland String Quartet. We are building resources to increase access for all to both the pleasures and knowledge of great music.” The fund was conceived to honor founding member and violist Julia Adams, who recently retired from the Quartet after 51 years.

The purpose of the Learning Fund is twofold: to ensure the continuation of existing opportunities and to create new learning opportunities for all age groups. The Learning Fund will support aspiring musicians who may need financial assistance by providing:


1. Student scholarships for the two-week PSQ Chamber Music workshop


2. Adult scholarships for the “Chamber Music by the Sea” workshop


3. Scholarships for student and amateur chamber ensembles to receive regular coachings or master classes by the PSQ


4. Free tickets to PSQ series concerts

5. Free tickets to attend “Welcome to Chamber Music” lecture demonstrations


6. Educational outreach programs and residencies performed by the PSQ in Maine and New England


7. A free online library of educational videos by the PSQ


The new online library will feature the PSQ’s explorations of the vast and diverse repertoire for string quartet, as well as focusing on the art of ensemble playing in a chamber group.


Since its founding in 1969, the members of the Portland String Quartet have taught countless students and ensembles through their workshops, residencies at colleges (including 20 years as Artists in Residence at Colby College), and teaching positions at Bowdoin and Bates Colleges. They have performed chamber music concerts in Portland, throughout the State of Maine, and 30 countries the world over.  Over the years hundreds of youth concerts have served as a major focus of the PSQ's dedication to educational outreach in public and private schools and Maine’s colleges and universities.


Donations may be made on the PSQ web site and are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The PSQS is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and serves as the support organization for the PSQ.

For further information email or call the PSQS Society at


(207) 761-1522 or visit their website