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