Hello Suzuki Program Parents,

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer. Our fall semester starts in two weeks!

Here is information about upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Back to School Play In/Parent Discussion

  • Monday, August 29th
  • 5:00 to 6:15 in Auburn

Parents and students of all playing levels are invited to join us for this fun get-together.

Students – Play music with friends!

Our Pakachoag Suzuki faculty will lead you through some of your favorites.

Parents – Get organized and inspired!

Amy Matherly will discuss plans for the year, Suzuki education,and practice strategies. Please come prepared to share a practice idea that has worked for you.

Please RSVP to Amy Matherly at

New Parent Orientation

  • Monday, August 29th
  • 6:30 to 7:30 in Auburn

Both newly registered and interested parents are invited to this event to learn about the Suzuki approach and the Pakachoag Suzuki program

The Big Ear Challenge Begins on September 1st

Let beautiful music inspire you! The goal is to listen to the Suzuki recording every day.  Full details and a calendar to keep track will be coming soon.

 Start dates for classes and groups:

  • Private Lessons  – Tuesday, September 6th
  • Group Lessons – Monday, September 12th*

I have send out notices about group class assignments. If you have any questions about this please let me know.

The Allegro group (Tuesday) will start on September 6th*

Beginning Parent Training

  • Thursday, September 8th
  • 7:00-8:00 in Auburn

Suzuki Program Performance Class

  • Monday, September 26th
  • 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall

This will be a ‘Back a Book’ performance. Performers are much more comfortable and confident when they’ve had a long relationship with a piece.

Students should prepare a review piece – at least one Suzuki Book level back from where they are currently working. Those in late Book One can choose a piece from early Book One.

If you want to participate, consult with your teacher about what you will play.

Teachers, please let me know which of your students will be performing and what they will play

Recognizing those Suzuki Milestones – The Twinkles

Congratulations to Varsha Sambasvian, student of Madalyne Cross, who completed the Twinkle Graduation requirements last spring!

A reminder about what this means:

In order to be awarded a ‘Twinkle Pin’ students must:

  • Submit a video of all of the Twinkle Variations and the Theme performed with accompaniment, demonstrating good violin position, tone, intonation and tempo This recording will be viewed by both the student’s teacher and the Suzuki Program Coordinator
  • Perform a Variation and the Theme in a performance class or recital

Students will then be publicly congratulated and awarded a pin. This program is not meant to be a competition, but an individual process, and it is completely optional.  Only students who are motivated by this should do it.

Please write to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely, Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

PakRec-5-15-16-600pix-AW1_1800_optThis month we congratulate piano student Matthew of Shrewsbury.  Matthew was awarded a “Ten -Years of Music Lessons Milestone Certificate” at our May 2016 student recital.

For our May recital,  Matthew played Bagatelle Op. 110, No. 3 by Beethoven and a lovely rendition of Poetic Tune Picture by Grieg.

The photo is from the end of our Sunday recital session one, when Matthew’s teacher Inna Muravnik shared her reflections on Matthew’s commitment and progress as we presented his certificate.

You can hear Matthew’s performance here.

Matt shares:

Pakachoag Music School has provided me with a positive learning environment, where students are taught not only how to play an instrument, but learn the art of performing.  It has allowed me to explore the intricacies of playing the piano, and has also allowed me to express myself through different genres of music.  Being a member of the school for 10 years has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and given me a talent that I know I can use for many years to come.



You can hear Matthew play as a younger student by clicking here.

Dear Matthew,

We are thrilled to know that this has been such a great experience for you.  We commend you on sticking with it, and with balancing music alongside your other priorities like playing golf and keeping up good grades.  We look forward to hearing your latest, new pieces at future performance classes and recitals.


Sarah Smongeski and the Pakachoag Faculty

You can pre-register for private lessons and musical theater starting in July and continuing through August and September, as spaces remain available.
For Music Together classes, we begin open registration for new families on August 1st.
We’re preparing for a new on-ling registration system. Please visit our registration page for more information.


to all our friends and supporters for votbaystatebestlogo-7bd12fcding Pakachoag Music School:

BayStateParent magazine’s Best Music School (for 2016).

We’re thrilled to receive this acknowledgement; and also extend thanks to the entire Pakachoag Faculty for working hard to always provide the best in quality music education and enrichment.  With your support, we will continue to make Music for Life!


Friday, June 3rd

Two Sessions:

6:30 to 7:15

7:30 to 8:30

Featuring mostly piano, violin, trumpet students and  suzuki groups, our tag-on Friday evening recitals are our final rally for the School Year until we gather again in November.

Hello Parents,

It’s hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. The wonderful performances given in the April and May recitals were evidence that a lot of music has been learned this year and a lot of progress made.

Congratulations to all of the performers and many thanks to Janeen Baker for providing the accompaniment!

Enjoy this video from the May recitals, which contains a sample from each group’s performance:

Allegro lead by Madalyne Cross, playing Long, Long Ago
Eva Knorr, Mai Caslowitz, Annika Cranson

Andante lead by Madalyne Cross, playing May Song
Varsha Sambasvian, Mia Carll, Okko Kleino, Lila Caslowitz

Encore Two lead by Amy Matherly, playing March of the Elephants
Alan Liu, Dylan Burke, Beckham Chouinard, Abram Engelhardt

Encore One lead by Madalyne Cross, playing Lightly Row
Addison Sobiech, Ethan Most, Alaia Phillips

Debut Two lead by Amy Matherly, playing Boil Them Cabbage
Daniel Lee, Miah Carrascal, Matthew Ferullo

The Presto Group and the Fiddle Band will be performing on the June 3rd recital, which begins at 6:30. We hope you will join us.

Thanks to parents Gary Phillips and Phuong Hang for the videos.

Summer Lessons and Groups

Madalyne and I are leaving for Minneapolis this week to attend the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Conference.  I know we will both come back inspired and full of energy and ideas.

Don’t miss the opportunity to benefit from this! Sign up now for summer lessons.  Take as many or as few as you are able – but do take lessons. Many find that the simplified summer schedule allows more time for music.  If this is not the case for you, sign up for at least some lessons to maintain skills and enthusiasm.

Here is the link:

Let me know if your child would like to attend some group lessons this summer. If we have enough interest, I will schedule some.

Book Graduation Party
Monday, June 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall

Although the goal for all students is to play whatever music they are working on beautifully, rather than rushing from piece to piece,it is exciting to have learned all of the music in a Suzuki Book and move into a new one.

To celebrate this milestone, we will have a Book Graduation Party.  At this event we will play selections from the books completed with piano accompaniment and then enjoy ice cream sundaes.  If your child has completed a Suzuki Book this year, and you would like to attend, let me know.

Fall Schedules

Information about fall group class assignments will be sent to you within the next two weeks.

Have a fun and relaxing summer,

Amy Matherly
Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

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1:30 to 2:30 pm
3:00 to about 4:15 pm

Sunday, May 15
1:00 to 2:00 pm
2:30 to about 3:45 pm

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church
203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn

We’re happy to be gradually winding down the school year by winding up for our May Student Recital Weekend.   Everyone is practiced, rehearsed and ready to go!

Receptions, courtesy of Pakachoag parents, follow each session.

Everyone welcome.

WYO Baroque 1-30-16-AW3_3083_optJoin Cellists Abbie O’Connor and Renae Renihan for their senior year recital.

Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Shostakovich.

Saturday, June 4th
1:00 pm
The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

The girls will pay selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach and Shostakovich.

Abbie and Renae both began cello lessons at Pakachoag in September, 2010.

Abbie also previously took piano lessons starting around the age of 9.  The girls’ families have been involved with Pakachoag for over 13 years, with numerous older siblings also enrolled.  Abbie is the “new” face of Pakachoag as seen in our opening photo of the website.

Both girls have been actively involved with the Worcester Youth Orchestras.

Renae will continue her music studies next year as a student at Worcester State University.  Abbie will remain involved in local music-making activities.

21-PakMusTheaterLG-AW1_1209_optHenry is a very dedicated and “involved” music student.  He studies violin with Amy Matherly and also piano with Vladimir Odinokikh.  Henry is a member of the School’s Suzuki Program.  This year he is also participating in our Musicianship/Theory classes with Nike Beaudry; and joined the Musical Theater program on Wednesday afternoons (this photo of Henry as part of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. cast).  Wow Henry!  We love seeing you so many days at Pakachoag and we know that you are, for sure, making Music for Life!

My family is very grateful to Pakachoag Music School for introducing Henry to the world of music. Henry has been nurtured and motivated to explore various things and achieve the impossible. The school has empowered Henry to develop his curiosity and creativity, and more importantly, helped him in understanding the importance of perseverance and determination, which we believe carries a long way in life.”

Dr. Yong Wang

Nico Duchamp, former Principal Flutist of the Opera Comique, Paris

Masterclass & Concert

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Masterclass:  1:00 to 3:00 pm*
Concert  7:00 pm – Free & Open to the Public
with Pakachoag faculty Jung-Yi Hsieh, Flute and Andrey Karpyuk, Piano:

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

*To apply as a participant for the masterclass or purchase tickets to attend as an auditor please download and complete  Duchamp Masterclass Registration form.

Read more about Nico on his website here – including a sampling of his beautiful playing in the French tradition of Philippe Gaubert.

Nicolas Duchamp is an internationally acclaimed performer and respected teacher, in the tradition of the Paris Conservatory French school of flute playing, of which Philippe Gaubert was a most notorious example.
He has served for many years as principal flutist for the National Opera Comique in Paris and toured extensively in his native France as well as Europe, Japan and North America.

With his ‘’warm tone, distinctive charm and creative poetic eloquence”, Mr. Duchamp has performed as soloist with many of France’s leading chamber music ensembles and orchestras, including Paris Opera Bastille, Nice Opera, Strasbourg National Opera, Lamoureux Orchestra, Metz Orchestra and the Bordeaux National Opera, with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Georges Prêtre, Myung-Whun Chung, Philip Walsh, Brian Schembri, Yutaka Sado, Laurent Petit Girard, and Philipp Morehead.

He has performed internationally in solo recitals, chamber music ensembles and as orchestra soloist in prestigious concert halls including Salle Pleyel, Cité des Arts, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Claude Champagne Hall in Montreal, the Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Olympia Hall in Munich, Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Weill Recital Hall in New York.

Duchamp’s active international career takes him regularly throughout Europe, North America and to Japan.

Nico is a prominent flute teacher who travels between Paris, New York, and South Carolina.  Jung-Yi Hsieh (Alice Daugherty), a Pakachoag faculty member, studies with Nico in New York.  We are so appreciative that both Alice and Nico are taking the time to share their beutiful music with us.

Additional thanks to faculty member Andrey Karpyuk who will play piano for Nico while at Pakachoag; also to Pakachoag Church for providing access to the Great Hall and the Steinway concert grand which will be used during this special event