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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.

30May 2018

May 28, 2018

Hello Parents,

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the spring recitals! I was at all four recitals and was very impressed by how well prepared our students were. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful music and our new performance space at All Saints.

A few final announcements:

Graduation Party

June 11th 6:00

Vinton Hall All Saints Church

Congratulations to the following students who have completed a Suzuki level this year!

Suzuki Book One:     Alan Liu        Maya Pascoal            Marisa Hu

Suzuki Book Two:     Mia Carll        Clara Dowdle            Varsha Swaminathan

Suzuki Book Three    Elizabeth Elkinson    Eva Knorr      Henry Wang

Suzuki Book Four     Kamden Carll

To celebrate, we will have a Play In and Ice Cream Party which will take place on Monday, June 11th beginning at 6:00 in Vinton Hall at All Saints Church in Worcester. Graduates and other students who would like to come to play or listen and enjoy the ice cream are invited.

RSVP  – amylmatherly@yahoo.com

Summer Music Making Opportunities

Keep the music coming over the summer! Pakachoag will be offering the following:

Private lessons

Summer can be a good time to make progress on your instrument.
Take as many lessons as possible!

For your teacher’s summer registration form go here:

https://www.pakmusic.org/students/private-instruction/

Fiddle

Learn some Scottish, Irish, Old Time and/or Swedish tunes!
Classes will be held on the following Thursday afternoons:
July 12th, 19th, August 2nd & 9th at two levels:
Novice – 4:30-5:15 p.m.
For students in Book Two or Three with little or no fiddling experience
Advanced – 5:15-6:00 p.m.
For experienced fiddlers (including current fiddle band members and adults)

https://www.pakmusic.org/programs/summer/fiddle/

Group Classes

Would you like to participate in some group classes over the summer?
Classes will be held on Monday afternoons from 5:15-6:00 with Madalyne Cross at All Saints in Worcester.

Here is how we will determine on what dates classes will meet:
Let me know which of the Mondays listed below you are available. Any class with four or more participants will meet. I will send out a schedule and payment information after I have heard back from everyone.

Possible dates: 7/9, 7/16, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20

Quick Start Suzuki Violin & Quick Start Suzuki Cello

The 6 week Summer Quick Start Program is a great way learn about the Suzuki approach and to assess your child’s readiness for instrumental music lessons.

Parent & child attend together as part of a small group class.

For Ages 4 1/2, 5, 6 and 7.

https://www.pakmusic.org/programs/summer/suzuki-violin-cello/

For a complete list of summer offerings see the Pakachoag website:
https://www.pakmusic.org/programs/summer/

Fall 2018

We are working hard to set up the fall schedule so that both teachers and students know what to expect. 2018/19 Group Class assignments will be sent to you shortly.

Once you have received this information, please contact me to confirm that you will be participating. (amylmatherly@yahoo.com)

Let me know if you have any questions and have a wonderful summer.

Sincerely,

Amy Matherly, Suzuki Program Coordinator
Pakachoag Music School

16May 2018

Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 and 4:00 pm

Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 and 4:00 pm

The music will play all weekend thanks to hard working Pakachoag students.  Admission is free.

We’ll have soloists and small string groups; vocalists, flute, pianists, violins, violas, guitars.  Twinkle variations through Beethoven and Bach.  Ages 6 through 18 years.

We’ll celebrate our graduates, present five and ten year milestones (of lessons) certificates, announce the Peggy Kelley Reinburg Award for Effort, Commitment & Attitude recipient for 2018, and play on the recently donated Mason and Hamlin piano (freshly tuned) – its first public Pakachoag performance; all at our new home at 10 Irving Street, Worcester; in the All Saints sanctuary.

Refreshments follow each program in the adjoining Huntington Hall.

Fifty-six students will play throughout the weekend, joining roughly 30 others who performed in our April spring recitals.

Many thanks to parents who are volunteering to assist with welcoming guests and manage receptions.

09Feb 2018

Hello Music Together families!

 

* Due to the recent class cancellations, the following makeups are scheduled during February vacation week:

Tuesday, 2/20 at 9:30 in W Boylston

Wednesday, 2/21 at 9:30 and 10:30 in Auburn, and 9:30 in Sturbridge

Thursday, 2/22 at 9:30 in Auburn

Friday, 2/23 at 9:30 in Auburn

Saturday, 2/24 at 9:30 and 10:30 in Worcester

If your regularly scheduled class is listed, we ask that you attend that class. If you wish to attend a different class as a makeup, please call us at 508-791-8159 or email info@pakmusic.org to schedule.

 

* Pre-registration is now open for the spring session featuring the Triangle song collection!

Registration can be completed online or by the paper registration form distributed during class.

 

*This week’s take home flyer:

My Lady Wind

Enjoy your week!

02Feb 2018

Hello Music Together families!

We hope you are home, warm and snuggly, on this snowy day. In light of recent weather cancellations, makeup classes are scheduled for the following days (February vacation week):

Tuesday(2/20) in W Boylston

Wednesday (2/21) in Auburn and Sturbridge

Friday (2/23) in Auburn

If you are enrolled in any of these classes, please plan to attend. If you are enrolled in a different class, but wish to attend one of the above mentioned classes as a makeup, please reply to this email or call us at 508-791-8159.

 

As always, please enjoy this week’s take home flyer:

Alabama Gal

29Jan 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018 *
3:00 p.m.
All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester

Sponsored by Security Engineered Machinery of Westboro

Free.

Suggested donation: $20 / $5 seniors and students

With faculty members Betsy Bronstein, Fiddle and Sam Politz, Accordian

Sam, a native of Louisiana, and partner Betsy will perform traditional South Louisiana Cajun music. They’ll share some interesting tidbits about the music’s origin, its history, and how Cajun music has been influenced by its cultural surroundings. As an added treat, audience members can learn how to do Cajun two-steps and waltzes.

*Snow Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018 3:00 pm

29Jan 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 pm

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church
203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA

Free

Come be inspired!  This recital features some of Pakachoag’s advancing students.  Open by audition, the selection of students and instruments varies from year to year.