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Emma Gregory will play clarinet

Emma Gregory, Clarinet

Drop-In Concert

Friday, March 6th
5:00 to about 5:45 pm
Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor at All Saints, 10 Irving Street

On Friday, March 6th, four Pakachoag faculty will present a mini-concert to bring some live music to Afternoon Tunes and Pakachoag students and friends.

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Drop In Reservation

To help us plan for seating for the drop-in concert, please reserve your ticket in advance using the button below.

We’ll be playing celtic harp, piano, clarinet and flute.

Please allow a little extra time for parking as the back church lot is busy on Fridays.  Overflow parking is available as of 5 pm in the WPS Durkin Admin. Building lot; also on-street with meter on Irving and Oxford streets.  Entry is at the back of church, off Pleasant Street; toward the right of the parking lot.

The drop-in is informal and particularly appropriate for Music Together families, Pakachoag students who cannot attend the full concert on March 21st,  or families interested in learning more about Pakachoag or the Afternoon Tunes Program.

About Afternoon Tunes

Afternoon Tunes student takes piano lessonsAfternoon Tunes is a free music lesson program for neighborhood children sponsored by All Saints Church.  High School aged student teachers teach elementary aged students.  Music and instruments are provided on loan.

The program takes place on Fridays during the school year, with lessons scheduled in every room, nook and cranny possible within the All Saints building.  Student teachers are coordinated by the AT Student Leadership Team and mentored by a professional educator.  All Saints’ choir members provide volunteer support.

Learn more about Afternoon Tunes at https://www.allsaintsw.org/afternoon-tunes

 

Our Winter 2020 News is out.  Below you can view a color pdf copy.

Headline for This Edition

The Path Forward Widening:

Regional Foundations Aiding Expanded Engagement as Pakachoag Connects in the Heart of Worcester.

 

If you would like to receive future newsletters via US postal service, you can submit your contact information here.

Click below to view a pdf copy:

2020 Pakachoag Music Worcester Winter News Web

Included in this Newsletter

  • Introducing New Board and Advisory Board Members
  • Teacher Recognition:  10 Year Milestones
  • 2019 Verderese Volunteer of the Year
  • Almnus Highlight:  Joel Spinney, School Principal
  • Suzuki Teacher Training Unit 4 Offered
  • Special Events
  • Summer Session Overview

 

Pre-Schooler enjoys Music TogetherDo you have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler?  Come check out our Music Together program.  We’re offering a free demo class for families new to Pakachoag on

Open slots are limited to 12 children so please email info@pakmusic.org to reserve your space.

Our teacher for this class is Brittany Stockwell.

Birth to age five are the formative developmental years for brain development and so much more.  Music Together classes develop skills for

  • language and literacy
  • fine and gross motor development
  • memory
  • pitch and rhythm
  • socializing

and so much more.

And did you know:  Music making is the ONLY activity which engages and lights up the full brain.  That is in part why Music Together is used around the world and why so many parents and grandparents enroll their children every session and every year during the formative birth to age five window.

Don’t forget to reserve your space.  Email info@pakmusic.org.

Join us on Friday, April 3rd at 7:15 pm in the 2nd floor Vinton Hall for an Honors Masterclass. Three select students – violinist, pianist and vocalist – will be coached on their latest pieces with a focus on musicianship, expression and phrasing.
Following the roughly 40 minute coaching session, we’ll host a performance for coached students joined by additional faculty-nominated students.
Our focus is on acknowledging students who have been taking lessons over several years, who are building performance skills through regular participation in the performance program, and who are beginning to develop skills around the more complex issues of interpretation and phrasing.

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Faculty Concert with Harp, Clarinet, Piano

The Night Dance: Folk Music of Ireland and Dance-Inspired Classical Selections.

“Strike the gay harp!  See the moon is on high…  oh could such heart stirring music be heard” from Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.Celtic Harp to be featured in March 2020 concert

Enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Ireland played by accomplished harpist and Pakachoag faculty member Susan Page Howland.  We’ll also treat you to some classical selections inspired by dance including an unusual transcription of a Bach Chaconne with pianist Kristjon Imperio and more recently composed dance-inspired songs for Clarinet performed by Emma Gregory.

The Worcester County Poetry Society joins us, reading dance-inspired poetry, including Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.
Our featured performer Susan Page Howland, an award-winning harpist in her youth, holds a degree in music from New England Conservatory.  As a music student, Susan studied with a number of prominent harpists including the renowned Marcel Grandjany, faculty member at the Julliard School until his death in 1975.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

2:00 pm

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester  01609

Free.

Generously Sponsored by Paul and Patti Verderese

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Our Saturday, February 8th recital will feature primarily violinists.

Join us at 1:00 pm for about an hour as we share music, and acknowledge student growth and hard work.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and share favorite selections with guests. We invite you to come enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Check back soon to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Saturday, Febuary 8, 2020
  • Time:  1:00 to about 2:00 pm
  • Location:  Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor
  • Entry:  Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens around 12:40 pm for guests.
  • Parking:  The rear of church parking lot may fill in advance of the recital.  Other options include on-street with meter (Irving or Oxford, front and back of church respectively); The WPSchools Durkin Admin Lot immediately adjacent to All Saints on Irving Street.
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Welcome to Pakachoag Music School and All Saints Church.  The school resides in the south wing of the church, on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  We are appreciative to have access to this architecturally stunning space for special events.  We are also appreciative to be able to present this concert with faculty AND friends – members of the All Saints Choirs and The Worcester Children’s Chorus.

  • Thank you to our program sponsor SEM, Security Engineered Machinery, for making this concert possible.
  • Thank you to all of the School’s donors and grantors whose annual gifts sustain our work from year to year.
  • Thank you to Mary Keefe, Worcester State Representative, for the concert’s Opening Welcome.

Why A Concert for MLK Day

Remarks by Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director

Pakachoag Music School, as a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, is built upon a mission that includes a commitment to quality in arts education AND a commitment to access.  For Pakachoag, as a not-for-profit, access  is tied to our financial aid program (we’re typically awarding around $30,000 right now in tuition support); access also means doing our work in ways that ensure we are connecting, embracing and welcoming the larger Greater Worcester community we serve.

Today’s program is part of a larger vision within the National Guild:  ensuring equal access to the arts for persons of all backgrounds.  Equal access is not yet fulfilled in this country – or in this world – – but its a dream we all need to hold on to.

Today, what better way to be thoughtful about how we achieve that vision of equal access to the arts than to acknowledge similar inspiring themes, through music; themes that defined the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Social Justice, Equity, Civil Rights, achieved through love and non-violence.

About the Music

Much of the music you will hear today is written within the context of religious themes.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was of course a Baptist pastor; plus, the distinct genre of spirituals – a uniquely African American folk music — express very personally and deeply the  African American experience during slavery and its very long aftermath.  And so, while we are not a religious organization, we musicians well know that our western musical heritage grew first from within the church.  Musicians and composers – whether informal folk musicians or composers formed through the classical traditions –  so many have always been and continue to be inspired by themes that link to both humanity and spirituality.

Today, we present this concert as an expression of the dreams that we share as a community; dreams that have the potential to touch and change every person, in our community and around the world, regardless of faith background or ‘no faith’ background –   dreams for peace, equality, justice; dreams of harmony.

Music Selections for Dreams of Harmony, January 20, 2020

Precious Lord, Take my Hand            Thomas Dorsey
You’re Tired, Chile Spiritual / arr. Roland Hayes
Deep River Spiritual / arr. Mark Hayes
Chris Carney, Tenor & Kristjon Imperio, Piano

I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Alway R.  – Nathaniel Dett
Adoration for Organ  – Florence B. Price
My Lord, What a Morning  – arr. H.T. Burleigh
Members of the All Saints Choirs, Graeme McCoullough, Director / Organist

 Cantata for voice and piano John Carter:  Composed 1964; 1932-1981

  1. Prelude
  2. Rondo: Peter Go Ring dem Bells
  3. Recitative: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  4. Air: Let Us Break Bread Together
  5. Toccata: Ride on King Jesus

Chris & Kristjon

This Little Light of Mine –  Trad / arr. Ken Berg
Sisi ni Moja (We are One)  – Jacob Narverud
The Worcester Children’s Chorus —Pamela Mindell, Conductor

Make Them Hear You Music by Stephen Flaherty
from the musical Ragtime Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Chris & Kristjon

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Many thanks to all who turned out to enjoy the music and celebrate the Dream.

We’ll have a whole new line up of students ready for our January 26th recital.   Join us at 4:00 pm for about an hour to celebrate music, growth, and hard work.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and share favorite selections with guests. We invite you to come enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Check back soon to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Time:  4:00 to about 5:00
  • Location:  Please check back soon.  We’ll either be in the Sanctuary at All Saints; or Vinton Hall.
  • Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens around 3:30 pm for guests.
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Happy New Year 2020!

If you are new to Pakachoag Music School and register during January, you can save $10 off a Music Together registration, or we’ll waive the registration fee for Private Lessons.   Let us know you saw our January Save Ad when registering.

We’re registering for 10 different Music Together classes, offered Mondays to Saturdays.  Private Lessons:  Call or email to ask us about schedules.

Music Safari Keyboard, K-1, is starting a new session late January.  Please email info@pakmusic.org today for details.

 

The Pakachoag Fiddle Bands host Open Mic and Jam evening 2 or 3 times during the course of the year. This event is open to anyone who would like to come.  Most of our attendees are in the range of 10 to 18 years.  Parents welcome too.

Event Ticket is $15 for guests.  $25 per family.

Free for registered Band members.

Join Amy Matherly and Marilyn Butler on the selected dates at 7:00 in Vinton Hall at our Worcester Central home. The evening will begin with an Open Mic, which will include a performance by the Rosewood Duo. Come with something to play or just listen. We will then all play tunes chosen by participants and Marilyn will teach us a fun dance.

What:  New Year Fiddle Jam

When:  Friday, January 3rd

Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor, at 10 Irving Street, Worcester 01609

Parking and Entry:  Please register your attendance ahead by clicking below where you can also find information on parking and entry.

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