Culture Club – Portland


Teachers and students gain regular access to quality arts in Portland Maine with the assistance of Culture Club Portland!


“The arts are an essential part of a well-rounded education that prepares students for success in the 21st Century workforce.”
–U.S. Department of Education


Through the generous support of an individual donor, the Portland Symphony Orchestra has come together with the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Stage, and Portland Ovations to create Culture Club-Portland to advance arts education in our city. Through Culture Club, we inspire students by providing regular access to quality arts, building community, and making the arts a consistent part of students’ education. Culture Club-Portland provides students in the Portland Public School District with the opportunity to participate in each organization’s Education Programs every school year.

Portland Symphony Orchestra’s
Culture Club Offerings



Woodwinds KinderKonzert at an elementary school.

For ages 4-8 (K-3), KinderKonzerts explore the different families of orchestral instruments while introducing children to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs with PSO musicians. The concerts are 35-40 minutes in length and are performed more than 50 times per season in communities across Maine.

Youth ConcertsIMG_6852

For ages 8-12 (grades 4-6), students hear the full PSO playing richly diverse styles of music, while learning about the elements of music and instruments. Held at Merrill Auditorium, these concerts are approximately 50 minutes in length.

America: The Musical Melting Pot

In its first year, America: The Musical Melting Pot is a chamber music program performed for students in the 8th grade that combines early American history with classical music to paint a picture of how music played a role in the founding of our nation.

Musicians in the Classroom

Musicians in the Classroom sends small groups or individuals in to classrooms of all ages to connect students with the PSO’s professional musicians. Visits range from masterclasses and talks from PSO musicians to demonstrations and meet-and-greets.

High School Experiential Learners

Moses Small, PSO HIgh School Intern, recording a podcast with drummers in Nairobi.

The PSO is proud to partner with the South Portland School District and Portland High School to offer experiential learning opportunities to students in the greater Portland area. In its first year, the program has enrolled two highly motivated students, Josie DePhillipo and Moses Small, to create engaging educational experiences for their peers and the greater Portland community. Students take part in a semester-long self-directed opportunity where they are tasked with creating a culminating project that solves a real problem using the arts and are responsible for delivering all aspects of that solution with the help of PSO. Students are provided the opportunity to meet PSO musicians, shadow and attend rehearsals and interview PSO Senior Staff members.

For more information

on Culture Club–Portland and its partner organizations visit the Portland Education Foundation website. Culture Club is administered by Portland Education Foundation.

Thank you to our Season Sponsors the Maine Arts Commission, Top of the Old Port Parking managed by Dirigo Management Company; PSO Pops! Series Sponsor Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Official Hotel Holiday Inn by the Bay; and Education Partner IDEXX.
Top of the Old Port Dirigo Management Company Maine Arts Commission Holiday Inn by the Bay Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram IDEXX