Special Events

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COVID restrictions getting to you? Feeling isolated or down? We’d like to invite you to hear the future!

Harmonies From Home will feature over 40 students of Pakachoag Music School in three streamed recitals. And, we’ll have an extra treat with selections by the Worcester Children’s Chorus.

We’re inviting everyone to join us (at home). Bring your tea (or a cocktail), your lunch or supper, invite a friend to join you remotely, and listen for the future.

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

  • 1:00 pm
  • 7:00 pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • 5:00 pm

Each recital will feature roughly 15 students, and last 30 to 45 minutes (we think – information still being compiled at this time).

You do to need to be a facebook user to view the recitals.  When visiting Facebook, you can by-pass the pop up page asking you to join by looking toward bottom page and clicking ‘not now’ or ‘join later’.

Visit our Facebook Page at the designated times to join us.

At Pakachoag, we know that Music is for Life! Every skill learned, every hour of practice accompanies a music student through life, as they work to pursue their dreams in school and beyond.

We’ll be streaming via our Facebook page on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. Each performance includes beginners to advancing students, aged 6 and up.   Join us for any one, two or all three of these events.

Harmonies from Home is our way of sticking together, finding inspiration, and sharing music with community, as we move through COVID-19 and beyond.

 

March 14, 2020

  • Our Spring Session Music Together start date is delayed by two weeks.  We anticipate a start date of Saturday, April 4th.
  • Private music lessons will be on hold for the week of March 16th through March 21st.  Please prepare to Zoom starting March 23rd.  Watch for more information coming from Kristjon or Sarah.
  • Group classes:  Please watch for emails or check in with us at admin@pakmusic.org.
Dear Donors, Families and Friends.
I just wanted to be in touch to let you know that we have cancelled our March 21st Faculty concert. We hope to re-schedule at a later date.
We have been in communication with all enrolled students yesterday.
  • We are pausing all activities this coming week.
  • We have delayed the onset of our Spring Music Together Session by two weeks, with an anticipated start date of April 4th.
  • The office will be on an irregular schedule. We encourage emails. If you need to visit, please call ahead.
  • We continue to disinfect key surface areas at the school and piano keyboards between each lesson.
  • We have updated our Health Policy for Music Together classes where we also disinfect surfaces and all instruments being used after each class.
  • We’ll re-assess at the end of this week our plans for next week with regard to private lessons
  • We’re also asking private lesson parents to become familiar with Zoom (similar to Skype) as a back-up plan should remote teaching be needed. Our teachers will also be practicing zooming this week.
I admit that this morning I feel some anxiety about all that is swirling around us. Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Mass. Cultural Council said it best on Thursday:
…while we know that social isolation is prescribed as the best protective factor now, it is also true that the arts and culture are a powerful source of healing in these times of high stress and anxiety. We want to explore together alternative ways of delivering our essential services in the absence of the human touch and community that is so much a part of our work. …. In unprecedented times, creativity, and innovation lead. This is our superpower.”
This will be a disruptive time for all of us. Let’s keep making and listening to music – because we know Music is for Life! not just today and tomorrow.
As always, we thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
Sarah
Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director Kallin Johnson, President of the Board
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

 

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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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.

Faculty & Friends Concert

Dreams of Harmony:  Music and Reflections for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20th, 2020

2:00 pm

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

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event, with friends:  The Worcester Children’s Chorus and The All Saints’ Choirs.

Pakachoag Music School invites you to join us for musical and spoken reflections on the contributions and dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program features tenor and Pakachoag faculty member Christon Carney, with pianist Kristjon Imperio in art songs, spirituals, and “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime.

We’ll be joined by Pakachoag students, the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and members of the All Saints Choirs in this program of reflection and inspiration.

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Faculty Concert with Harp, Clarinet, Piano

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

  • With special guest The Worcester County Poetry Association

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

2:00 pm

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

Free.

Featuring Susan Howland, Celtic Harp; Emma Gregory, Clarinet; and Kristjon Imperio, Piano.  Enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Ireland played by accomplished harpist Susan Howland.   We’ll also treat you to an unusual transciption of a Bach Chaconne and more recently composed dance-inspired songs for Clarinet.  Members of the Worcester County Poetry Association will share readings similarly inspired by dance, including Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.

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Honors Student Masterclass & Social

With select high school students

Friday, April 3rd – 7:15 pm

Watch for more information in the new year.

If you are new to Music Together OR to Pakachoag and are considering a fall session Music Together class but have not yet registered, this drop in may be for you!

Please reserve your space in advance by emailing Sarah@pakmusic.org

A Music Together classroomMusic Together Sample Class

Date, Time, Location

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:30 to 10:15 / 10:30
At Emanuel Lutheran Church in Worcester.
200 Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA  01607

Whether you have a Baby, toddler, or pre-schooler, these classes are filled with developmentally appropriate activities that provide the foundation for musical success.

Grandparents welcome.  We have a growing roster of grandparents serving as caregivers who find these classes a great addition to their daily or weekly activities with grandchild/ren.

Join us for this drop in Saturday class and experience Music Together first-hand.

 

You’re invited for Open Office/Open School.

With Lemonade in the Courtyard!  AND, if you are new to Pakachoag, register during Open Office/Open School hours and you qualify for a discount.

Open School/Open Office offers an opportunity for visitors to ask questions, view our space and learn more about Pakachoag Music School.

  • Have you been thinking about music lessons for yourself or a child but just not sure if you want to make the commitment?
  • Wondering what would be the best musical path for your pre-schooler who loves to sing?
  • Wondering what payment and schedule options are available?
  • Will your high schooler be challenged enough?

Drop in on

  • Thursday, June 20th or Friday, June 21st
  • Anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Directions & Parking

  • We’re located inside All Saints Church, Corner of Irving & Pleasant Streets.
  • If using a GPS, set to: 139 Pleasant Street, 01609 *
  • Parking available in the church lot, back of building
  • Enter back of building, off parking lot.

We’ll be available to answer your questions about summer and fall programs, and can show you around the School.

*If you set your GPS to 10 Irving, it will land you at the Durkin Admin Building on Irving Street.  You’ll want to park and enter via Pleasant.  Use 139 Pleasant for GPS.

We’ll be greeting guests on the first floor, back door.  Our Offices and studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  If you have a disability that precludes using stairs, please call ahead and we can arrange a first floor only visit.

Discounts for Families New to Pakachoag

Visit during Open School /Open Office Hours and receive a 10% discount off the summer program, class, camp or lessons of your choice, as openings permit.  OR, sign up for fall music lessons, and we’ll waive the $40 annual registration fee.

More Information

Feel free to email info@pakmusic.org to schedule a specific time to visit, or just drop in as your schedule permits.

At Pakachoag, we believe music is for everyone, for life.  No pressure  to sign up.  We’ll just answer questions and give you the information you need to decide if Pakachoag is right for you.

Who will you meet when you come?

Kristjon Imperio, Program Director

Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director

Come ‘Experience The Harpsichord’

Harpsichord Masterclass, Demo and Concert
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 Harpsichord made by Robert Goble
3:00 pm Class & Demo
5:00 pm Concert, Sponsored by The All Saints Music Series

Come hear why the harpsichord is still alive and plucking. 

Ian Watson, Associate Conductor with the internationally respected Handel & Haydn Society and featured harpsichordist for the 1984 ‘Amadeus’ movie soundtrack, will lead us in learning about the instrument’s history and different types of harpsichords.  He’ll coach one or two pre-selected students, and conclude our time together with a spirited demonstration of the instrument.

Attendees are invited to stay for the 5 pm concert featuring Mr. Watson, Harpsichord, and Guy Fishman, principal cellist with the Handel and Haydn Society.

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

Handicapped accessibility available but please call us ahead – 508-791-8159  – to review logistics.

Learn more about Ian Watson.

Information about All Saints Church Music Series.

Read about Pakachoag’s Annual Special Events.

 

From beginners to high schoolers, this concert is energizing and inspiring as all of our Suzuki violin and cello families come together to share music – as part of an array of small groups.

The program will run from 6:30 to about 8:15 pm.  We begin with our littlest ones (around age 5 and 6) and proceed all the way up to our high school fiddle band.  The program closes out with everyone playing together!

If you are considering violin, viola or cello lessons in the future, this can be a fun way to introduce younger children to what it feels like (and sounds like) to be a string player.  If you are not enrolled with Pakachoag and would like to attend, please call ahead or email Sarah@pakmusic.org so we can confirm building entry, parking, and disabled access.

We’ll be in the Sanctuary at All Saints Church.