Portland String Quartet moves summer chamber music workshop to Saint Joseph's College campus

The Portland String Quartet is moving its Maine summer workshop to the campus of Saint Joseph's College. The intensive two-week session, now in its 32nd year, attracts students from all over the world and was previously held at Colby College.

This year's workshop runs from July 29 to August 12 at the 350-acre campus on Sebago Lake in Standish. Eight quartets will take master classes and perform, and the Portland String Quartet itself will perform on July 30 and August 6. All events are open to the public.

The highly respected foursome has been performing, teaching and recording since 1969. The group has released 17 albums featuring music from Bach to contemporary, toured internationally, and won critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other newspapers and publications around the world.

The group's members were awarded Honorary Doctor of Music degrees by Colby College in 1986 and they served as Artists in Residence there for 19 years. Currently, they are Artists-in-Residence at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Committed to passing on their legacy in the arts, they offer workshops nationally and internationally and actively teach at their home studios in Maine. They also teach teamwork dynamics in their music workshops and for business schools, based on their 38 years of experience practicing "the delicate art of cooperation."

February 6, 2007 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu