The Portland String Quartet High School Residency in American Studies

Bringing History to Life through Music

The High School Residency program was established by the LARK Society for Chamber Music and the Portland String Quartet in 1994 in an effort to underscore the understanding that all learning is interconnected and to offer students and teachers an alternative perspective on the events in our country’s history through live examples of music.

The residency has been very popular and received rave reviews from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) which supported it with grants for many years.

The format of the program consists of musical examples from the early 1700's to present introduced by members of the Quartet who demonstrate how the music and the social, economic and political events of that time are directly influenced by and related to one another.

An additional benefit of the program is the enhancement of students’ understanding of the evolution of music, the genre of chamber music and the string quartet. For many it will be the first time they see this type of live performance.

Past residencies have been held at the following schools:

Dates: Location:
2010-2011 Fryeburg Academy and
Oxford Hills Regional High School
2009-2010 Cheverus High School and Waynflete School
2008-2009 Deering High School
2007-2008 Biddeford High School
2006-2007 Yarmouth High School
2005-2006 Oxford Hills Community High School
2004-2005 Catherine McAuley High School
2003-2004 Fryeburg Academy
2002-2003 Poland Springs Regional High School
2001-2002 Lewiston High School
2001-2002 Kennebunk High School
2000-2001 Orono High School
1999-2000 Portland High School
1998-1999 Maranacook High School
1997-1998 Berwick Academy
1996-1997 Cape Elizabeth High School
1995-1996 Cape Elizabeth High School
1994-1995 York High School

Grant funding for 2010-2011 has been provided by the
Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation