The Maine Festival of American Music:
Its Roots and Traditions
Dates TBA

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."  

Past Event Schedule, June 24 - 27, 2020



Portland String Quartet Concert
Program to be announced




Developing the Gift of Talent


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. Master Class will be held in the historic 1794 Meeting House (3-5pm). FREE OF CHARGE to the public.

Workshop Day fee is $80 per person



Portland String Quartet Concert

Program to be announced

"The 2017 Workshop Day at the Maine Festival of American Music brought 34 musicians of all ages to Shaker Village for a day of chamber music study with the Portland String Quartet.  From Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn to William Grant Still, Walter Piston and the presence of a young composer - Soren Nyhus - along with the world premier of his latest string quartet "Grazioso" - made this 12th season of the MFAM very special!

Concert 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.  


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

Sabbathday Lake, New Gloucester, Maine