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21Sep 2018

Win a Prize!

Bring a friend, and your chances to win increase exponentially 🙂

Lots of great music and activities planned.

Everyone who checks in can fill out a raffle ticket to win one of three great prizes; AND bring a friend!  Check in with a friend and  you can request a 2nd ticket for the raffle.

Win one of three great gifts:

  • $200 gift certificate for a visit to 111 Chop House/Via/Sole Proprietor
  • Wine & Dine Gift Basket
  • Surprise Basket

For a complete schedule of the the day’s events, click SCHEDULE

Parking Information & Building Entry

Guests may park in the church lot, back of church, accessed via Pleasant Street; enter the church at the rear entrance off the lot.  OR,  park on Irving Street in the Worcester Public Schools Admin. Building (we have permission); metered parking available on Irving Street.

A front of church door is likely to be open most of the day – but if front doors are not open, please do come around to back.  The door that sits a few steps down from back parking lot serves as the general main entry.

Or, you might wish to use the Pleasant Street Parking Garage two blocks east on Pleasant Street.

16Sep 2018

A Faculty Special Event

Vinton Hall at All Saints: Home of the newly refurbished harpsichord (donated by a School friend), on-going venue for student performance classes; and one of the featured spaces for ‘Music On The 10’s’.

Music on the 10’s:  A Walking Concert

Saturday, September 29, 2018
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Pakachoag Music School
at All Saints Church, 2nd & 3rd Floors*
10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Join us for a fun hour of faculty music, wrapped into a tour of the School’s new home at All Saints Church.

Featuring:

  • Sitar with Usha Verma in the World Music Room
  • Irish Harp with Susan Howland in The Vivaldi Studio
  • Alumni Abbie & Raene playing Cello Duos in The Bernstein Studio
  • Harpsichord with Janeen Baker, Vinton Hall
  • Piano Four Hands with Debby Sedgwick and Curtis Smith in the Chopin Studio

So skip the gym, bring your walking shoes (we won’t make you run), and enjoy the music.

This faculty special event wraps up the School’s all day Open House, celebrating the “new” Pakachoag at All Saints Church.

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Parking available in the Worcester Public Schools Admin Building lot on Irving Street (immediately next door to All Saints).  Thank you WPS for this support.  On-street parking also available on Irving and Oxford Streets (front and rear of church), church lot, and the Pleasant Street parking garage.

*This event is not accessible for persons with physical disability. We will be using stairs to the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Many of our future events will be programmed on the first floor at All Saints and can be accessed by wheelchair, with advance notice.   Please check event postings, and call ahead if wishing to arrange a visit for person with physical disability.

27Aug 2018

Pakachoag Music School is excited to announce its relocation into the heart of the city.  We’ve moved our suburban headquarters from Auburn to Worcester, to the heart of the burgeoning cultural district. We are now more centrally located for all of Greater Worcester.

The move completes a six-month transition that began in January 2018.

With new studios, new offices and access to the church halls within All Saints, the School is ready for a new future.

Read about our move here:  Music School Moves Into Worcester

An open house is planned for Saturday, September 29th.  Details on the open house and a schedule of events is posted here.

23Aug 2018

We’re excited for the new school year as we settle into our new home in Worcester. So much is NEW for the new year. On September 29th from 10 to 4, we’ll host an open house here at All Saints for the community to see and hear all that this wonderful facility has to offer. Enjoy the free puppet show, student and faculty music, sample the instrument petting zoo. The All Saints Organ and choirs will be making music in the sanctuary; fiddle music and lemonade in the courtyard, and building tours. Check our Special Events page for a schedule of events to be posted in early September.

23Aug 2018

It is Fall Registration season!  We’re registering full steam ahead now that the end of August is upon us.  Call today or email us at info@pakmusic.org if you have a question.  Lots of information is available here on the website about programs, Music Together locations and schedules, and our teachers.  Kristjon Imperio, kristjon@pakmusic.org,  is the person to contact if you are interested in private lessons.  He can review schedule options available.

04Jul 2018
Thank you for helping us name the new studios at All Saints – 2nd and 3rd floors.
AND The Winners are:
Studio No. 1:  Antonio Vivaldi  (received a full 50% of the vote; Bach was the runner up)
Studio No. 2:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (38% percent of the vote; Beethoven was the runner up)
Studio No. 3:  Frederic Chopin (38% of the vote; with Brahms as runner up)
Studio No. 4:  Claude Debussy (34% of the vote; Amy Beach, runner up)
Studio No. 5:  Leonard Bernstein (45%; Gershwin runner up)
Studio No. 6 – This one will be different.  Watch for how studio No. 6 unfolds in the coming months.
We’ll be working soon to decorate the new studios and new family waiting room, thanks to generous gifts from our On the Move grantors and donors.
If you would be interested in assisting with studio decoration or would like more information about the move and our goals – space needs and fiscal goals (we still have additional dollars to raise in order to complete the move), please email Sarah@pakmusic.org.
06Jun 2018

Eva Today: May 2018 recital (All Saints Church Sanctuary)

From Eva, age 10, of Boylston, this month’s featured student:

At Pakachoag Music School I have made lots of friends that also play violin.  I get to play music with them in Suzuki Group Class and other Suzuki activities like the Halloween Party.  In my private lessons, Amy Matherly helps me with different things.  I enjoy learning all the new techniques she teaches me.  My favorite thing I’ve learned this year is Violin Concerto No. 5, 1st movement by Seitz.

Eva, four years ago, year 2 of violin lessons.

A Note from Mrs. Smongeski:  We are delighted to have Eva as part of our school community.  When looking at all the photos we had on file, I found many of Eva with her music friends.   Before starting violin lessons, Eva was part of our Music Together program (since 2010, around the age of two!) and she has even spent summer time with us as part of our musical theater program.  We appreciate that Eva helps other students feel at home as part of our Pakachoag family.  We appreciate that Eva works so hard to play her violin nicely and that she shares her music with us during student recitals and sometimes as part of outreach concerts.  Thanks Eva, for participating as a featured student!

05Jun 2018

The Lefferts Family. Back Row, L to R: Esther Mintzer (Lefferts), Peter, Daniel, Ben, Claire and dad John. Front Row L to R: Jeffrey, Emily, Leah, Andrew, and mom Gail.

In May 2018, Andrew Lefferts performed in his final Pakachoag recital before heading off to music school in September.  While we celebrate and acknowledge all of our graduating seniors each year, this particular performance also marked the end of an era.  Eight siblings, all pianists, have been enrolled at Pakachoag Music School since 1996, a full 22 years.  Gail Lefferts, mom, asked if she could end our recital weekend on Sunday, May 20th by sharing some thoughts surrounding the impact of Pakachoag on her family.

Gail’s story is not the typical short 2018 web snippet, but we wanted to share in full.  Her story reminded us that our mission and promise to make Music for Life lives strong among students and families of the past, the present, and the future. 

We invite everyone to be part of our Pakachoag family, where we make Music for Life.  

A Generation of Pianists:

Twenty-two years ago on the suggestion of a neighbor, I called Pakachoag Community Music School to inquire about piano lessons.  I can still hear Sarah’s lovely English voice as she explained to me the workings of the school.  Within the week my three oldest children were taking piano lessons with Inna Muravnik, the teacher assigned to us.  At that time Pakachoag was located in a little church up the street from the Pakachoag Church where they have resided until this year.  The room was small and I vividly remember cramming into the space with a baby grand piano, Inna, two children seated in chairs, a third child on the piano bench, my three year old son playing quietly under the piano and my infant son sleeping in the corner in his car seat. That was our beginning at Pakachoag.

Shortly after, the school moved to the Pakachoag Church. Everyone had a little more room and as each of our eight children came of age s/he began his or her piano study. There was music in our home all day as each one took a turn to practice.  I was able to tell from a distance who was playing by what they were playing.  Even I took piano lessons for a year.  Thursday was piano day and we spent a good many hours here.

In addition to piano, the school offered us many other excellent moments for musical and personal growth. Throughout the years we had a few children who wanted to expand by adding violin, trumpet, guitar, voice or music theory to their study. Through their musical endeavors they acquired tools necessary to succeed not only in music but in life – skills like perseverance, diligence, and goal planning and execution.  They learned to enjoy success, to cope with disappointment and to view mistakes as learning opportunities.  These benefits now extend beyond Pakachoag to their everyday adult lives. Music also continues to be a source of personal enrichment.  Whether it’s a band of friends making music on Wednesday nights or an actor playing Mozart who has a better understanding of the character he plays or just a group of siblings playing with rhythms and tunes, their musical foundation plays a role.  It has been such an ongoing joy for me to notice that whenever an adult child is home, the visit always includes time at the piano.

My children have also learned that performing music is not just personally satisfying but is also a gift that enhances the lives of others.  Throughout our years at Pakachoag the school has offered our children chances to share their music with other musicians, with the elderly, with children and with the community – at nursing homes, Afternoon Tunes, Christmas events, First Night celebrations, and even performances in Mechanics Hall.  They have learned that music adds to the lives of both the performer and listener alike.

Pakachoag has gifted our family with a community of fellow musicians and friends. It was “chance” that paired us with Inna Muravnik, but our good fortune to have her as our piano instructor has blessed each member of our family.  Although she connected better with some of our children than others, she truly taught each child to appreciate music and to work hard for their goals.  Our lessons sometimes included anecdotes from Inna’s life that, though sometimes off topic, always broadened our view of culture and life.  Always willing  to help, Inna invited us to her home many times for extra attention if a child needed a bit more before an audition or performance.  Over twenty-two years our relationship with Inna developed beyond teacher and student to family friend.

We also cherish our relationship with Sarah who has supported us beyond the role of school director by taking an interest in each child and encouraging them in their individual musical endeavors.  She has offered them many opportunities to share their music with the community, helped and encouraged them with personal struggles, and assisted with the college application process.  She also was a friend to me with whom I enjoyed discussing all things musical…and not.

In addition to Inna and Sarah, we have come to know and be blessed by other faculty members like Janeen Baker who has taken an interest in our children even though they weren’t her students.  Always with a kind word of encouragement or helpful word of advice, Janeen took the time to reach out after every recital.  In addition to the Pakachoag faculty who touched our lives both musically and personally, our family has been enriched by many other families with whom we have not only shared music but also play dates and parties and family functions.  Pakachoag is truly a community music school not only because it brings music to the community but also because within it is a strong, loving community of families that support each other.

Andrew is our last child to study here at the music school and this spring brings us to the conclusion of our weekly treks to Pakachoag.   I am pleased that he had a chance to perform here at All Saints so that we can say we were part of the school in all three of its home locations.  I have only given highlights of the many blessings our family has enjoyed by being a part of the Pakachoag community. I’d like to thank Sarah, Inna, and the wonderful faculty and families of Pakachoag.   I am so glad that when I was simply looking for piano lessons all those years ago that I was led to this school which proved to be so much more than just a place to learn to play the piano.

04Jun 2018

Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm we’ll be at Pakachoag Church hosting a studio guitar concert featuring the students of Jeff Dostal and Josh Goldman. We’ll have a few guest guitarists with us who are part of our outreach guitar classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester.
This is a fun program that includes a little bit of everything – rock, pop, folk, classical.
Families, friends and guests welcome.

01Jun 2018

Saturday, September 29th we’ll be hosting an open house at All Saints Church.  Tour our new teaching studios, view the church halls, hear the organ, take an architectural tour of the building, hear student and faculty performances; and meet our new Program Director Kristjon Imperio.  Watch for more information coming August and September 2018.