Special Events

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21 Ways to Harmony Feature No. 5

The Reality of Fear: Resolving Music Stereotypes

Join Pakachoag Music School online for a “Friday the 13th” special event. This 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021 Feature No. 5 will explore the origins and history of music stereotypes, many of which have been built on assumptions and fears. We hope that this journey will transform what once was ‘music of your fears’ to music to your ears.

  • Friday, August 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm
  • Premiering on YouTube.  Check back here for a link on the 13th.
  • Hosted by Kristjon Imperio, Director of Programs & Outreach

What to Expect

Through conversation and music, Kristjon will explore assumptions we make about audiences and performers of different music genres. Where do these assumptions come from? and how have they become cultural stereotypes? Does any of this matter? or hold meaning for us as a community and individually? We’ll uncover some of the missed commonalities between/among genres as we continue to think more deeply about the role of music in life.

Additional Features Upcoming

No. 6 – Monday, October 25 – International Artist’s Day: Contouring Melodies & Masterpieces

No. 7 – Friday, December 31 – 21 to 22. Ways Forward

 

21 Ways to Harmony Feature No. 4

Solstice Inspirations:  Dreaming on a Midsummer’s Night

Sunday, June 20th, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Premiering on YouTube

Solstice Inspirations

Hosted by Kristjon Imperio, Director of Programs & Outreach

What to Expect

Join Pakachoag Music School to celebrate the summer solstice.

The solstice, our longest day of the year, has been celebrated by people and cultures throughout the ages.

For this midsummer reverie, we will explore the works and musings of poets and composers within the western classical tradition as inspired by light and energy associated with summer and the solstice.

What significance does the summer solstice “hold” for you? Are you drawn to the iconic or the scientific; the spiritual or the physical? Consider your thoughts and practices surrounding this event and compare them alongside those whose imagination and creativity remain illuminated through words and art.

Additional Features Upcoming

No. 5 – Friday, August 13th – The Reality of Fear: Resolving Music Stereotypes

No. 6 – Monday, October 25 – International Artist’s Day: Contouring Melodies & Masterpieces

No. 7 – Friday, December 31 – 21 to 22. Ways Forward

About 21 Ways to Harmony

Pakachoag Music School entered 2021 with a refreshed commitment to building harmony as part of community – both within and without.

During a difficult 2020, where conflict surfaced all around us – locally and nationally – the School began to receive a different kind of feedback from parents and adult students about the importance of music-making in life and especially for mental health.

The repeated thanks and appreciation coming from School families around the importance of music stood in deep contrast to the divisiveness that was going on externally.

Conversations host and Pakachoag Program Director Kristjon Imperio writes:  “In conversations among our staff and board members surrounding the challenges in our community and nation, we realize that these common ‘music messages’ stand as lasting principles, extending beyond popular and passing narratives.”

Throughout the year, Mr. Imperio will lead seven conversations, sometimes accompanied by music.  With an array of varied conversational partners planned, we will be looking to uncover – perhaps even create — multiple “resolutions” as part of each conversation that can help each of us become aware of commonalities within our human experience we might not have considered previously.

We’ll encourage reflection on how we use those commonalities to create harmony in life, and along the way provide a little inspiration for what it means to make music locally.  We often hear that music is the common language.  We’re digging deeper to uncover, in a different way, what those commonalities CAN be, for 2021 and beyond.

21 Ways to Harmony Feature 3

Lost But Not Forgotten: Music of War & Remembrance

A Memorial Day Special Event

Join Pakachoag Music School online for a Memorial Day special event, Lost But Not Forgotten.   

This third feature of seven, part of the 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021 series, will explore, through conversation and music, how composers speak to us, through music, about conflict, loss and healing.

We’ll explore some specific works by Vaugh Williams, Durufle, Haydn and Stravinsky as we individually contemplate common feelings, themes or inner experiences we draw from music during times of turbulence and uncertainty.

We dedicate this feature in memory of all who have served and sacrificed.

  • Date: Memorial Day, Monday May 31st (Premiering)
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Place: Facebook/YouTube (Prerecorded)
  • Hosted by Pakachoag Program Director Kristjon Imperio

Visit the YouTube link here on May 31st to find our event.  Or follow us on Facebook.

Can’t join us on 5/31?  Our premiere presentation will remain on YouTube to view anytime thereafter.

About 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021

Pakachoag Music School entered 2021 with a refreshed commitment to building harmony as part of community – both within and without.

During a difficult 2020, where conflict surfaced all around us – locally and nationally – the School began to receive a different kind of feedback from parents and adult students about the importance of music-making in life and especially for mental health.

The repeated thanks and appreciation coming from School families around the importance of music stood in deep contrast to the divisiveness that was going on externally.

Conversations host and Pakachoag Program Director Kristjon Imperio writes:  “In conversations among our staff and board members surrounding the challenges in our community and nation, we realize that these common ‘music messages’ stand as lasting principles, extending beyond popular and passing narratives.”

Throughout the year, Mr. Imperio will lead seven conversations, sometimes accompanied by music.  With an array of varied conversational partners planned, we will be looking to uncover – perhaps even create — multiple “resolutions” as part of each conversation that can help each of us become aware of commonalities within our human experience we might not have considered previously.

We’ll encourage reflection on how we use those commonalities to create harmony in life, and along the way provide a little inspiration for what it means to make music locally.  We often hear that music is the common language.  We plan to dig deeper to uncover, in a different way, what those commonalities CAN be, for 2021 and beyond.

21 Ways to Harmony Feature Schedule

No. 1 – Saturday, February 27th –From Music Lessons to Life in the Sciences: Parallels Beyond the Studio

No. 2 – Wednesday, March 17th – Chasing Dreams to American Shores:  A St. Patrick’s Day Special Event

No. 3 – Monday, May 31st – Lost But Not Forgotten: Music of War and Remembrance

No. 4 – Sunday, June 20th – Solstice Inspirations:  Dreaming on a Midsummer’s Night

No. 5 – Friday, August 13th – The Reality of Fear: Resolving Music Stereotypes

No. 6 – Monday, October 25 – International Artist’s Day: Contouring Melodies & Masterpieces

No. 7 – Friday, December 31 – 21 to 22. Ways Forward

Pakachoag Music School’s Kristjon Imperio, Program Director, is going live on Facebook.

Director of Programs & Outreach Kristjon Imperio during a 2019 (pre-pandemic) piano lesson.

Up Next:

  • Monday April 19, 7:00 pm – Focus on Adult Learners but all welcome.  Marathon Day.

For fun, Kristjon will share a few thoughts about how the path to becoming a musician can be like a marathon (if you want it to be) 🙂


  • Wednesday, May 5, 4 PM – All Welcome.
    Because Friday, May 7th is National Space Day…

We’ll be answering any questions you might have about our programs. And, as it is also National Space Day on Friday, Kristjon will share a few interesting tid-bits about music in space.

  • Friday May 28,  12:30 PM


If you would like an opportunity to meet a specific teacher or teachers by zoom, feel free to email us at info@pakmusic.org and we can arrange a remote chat.

What to Expect

Visit Pakachoag Music School on Facebook, look for our live event, and type in your questions.   Kristjon will be available to answer your questions in real time.   This will be a great time to ask questions about…

  • Summer options,
  • In-person vs. remote,
  • How to apply for financial aid, or
  • Anything else you’d like to know about Pakachoag and the programs we offer.

Prefer to Ask Anonymously?

If you prefer to remain anonymous, feel free to email Kristjon@pakmusic.org with your question at least 2 hours ahead of the scheduled Q&A and we will add your question to the list.  If emailing more than 24 hours ahead, please confirm which session you will join.  Thank you!!

Scheduled Q&A’s

Join us for any of the following dates and times:

  • Monday, March 29 at 4:00 pm

  • Monday April 19, 7:00 pm – Focus on Adult Learners but all welcome.

  • Wednesday May 5, 4 PM

  • Friday May 28 12:30 PM

No advance sign-up needed.  Just find us on Facebook and add your question as a comment.

On Facebook, search for Pakachoag Music School Worcester

Or click here.

21 Ways to Harmony:  Chasing Dreams to American Shores

A St. Patrick’s Day [Week] Special Event

Chasing Dreams to American Shores, Feature No. 2 of 7 for 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021, will explore commonalities of the immigrant experience, using Irish fiddle music and poetry as our launching pad.

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  • Date: St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17 (Premiering)
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Place: Facebook/YouTube (Prerecorded)
  • Special guest: Worcester County Poetry Association poet Curt G. Curtin
  • Featuring Irish Folk Music with Pakachoag faculty and fiddle students.

Visit this post here on March 17th to find a link to our event.  Or follow us on Facebook.

Can’t join us on 3/17?  Our premiere presentation will remain on YouTube to view anytime thereafter.

More About Chasing Dreams to American Shores

Join Pakachoag Music School for a St. Patrick’s Day special event: Chasing Dreams to American Shores. Through conversation, poetry and music, we will explore commonalities of the immigrant experience, using Irish folk music and poetry as our launching pad.

Our special guest is Mr. Curt G. Curtin with the Worcester County Poetry Association.  Mr. Curtin, a life-long poet, will read from his newest publication, Kerry Dancers.  Fellow poet Susan-Roney O’Brien describes Kerry Dancers as “a place where Curt steps into and out of family memory, where ‘Love is a heartbeat keeping time’, pulling the listener into the dance”.

As we consider the immigrant experience, we’ll pause to enjoy Irish folk music performed by Pakachoag student fiddlers and faculty.  The conversation is hosted by Pakachoag Director of Programs and Outreach, Kristjon Imperio.

About Curt Curtin

Worcester poet Curt Curtin is a lifelong poet.  Curtin’s parents were from Ireland and he grew up in Boston. He has published three chapbooks, a variety of individual poems in journals and anthologies, and more recently, two full-length collections.  In 2010, he was the first recipient of the Worcester County Poetry Association’s Frank O’Hara award for poetry and in 2019 won second place in the annual contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society.  For 20 years, Mr. Curtin taught English and creative writing at Westfield State University.  Now, at the age of 90 and legally blind, he uses audio recordings to support his readings.

Mr. Curtin will read from his newest publication, Kerry Dancers.  Fellow poet Susan-Roney O’Brien describes Kerry Dancers as “a place where Curt steps into and out of family memory, where ‘Love is a heartbeat keeping time’, pulling the listener into the dance”.

About 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021

Pakachoag Music School is entering 2021 with a refreshed commitment to building harmony as part of community – both within and without.

During a difficult 2020, where conflict surfaced all around us – locally and nationally – the School began to receive a different kind of feedback from parents and adult students about the importance of music-making in life and especially for mental health.

The repeated thanks and appreciation coming from School families around the importance of music stood in deep contrast to the divisiveness that was going on externally.

Conversations host and Pakachoag Program Director Kristjon Imperio writes:  “In conversations amongst our staff and board members surrounding the challenges in our community and nation, we realize that these common ‘music messages’ stand as lasting principles, extending beyond popular and passing narratives.”

Throughout the year, Mr. Imperio will lead seven conversations, accompanied by student and faculty music.  With an array of varied conversational partners planned, we will be looking to uncover – perhaps even create — multiple “resolutions” as part of each conversation that can help each of us become aware of commonalities we might not have considered previously.

We’ll encourage reflection on how we use those commonalities to create harmony in life, and provide a little inspiration for what it means to make music locally.  We often hear that music is the common language.  We plan to dig deeper to uncover, in a different way, what those commonalities CAN be, for 2021 and beyond.

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12:30 PM ET
Free, Open to the Public
Online, From Home

Live from Kenya, with Pakachoag and Music Together Worldwide

 

Register for Mpala Field Trip

On March 3, 2021 we’ll be visiting with the Elephants at the Mpala Living Laboratory.

This winter, Pakachoag’s RK class  and other Rhythm Kids classes around the world are drumming and jamming along to rhythms inspired by elephants.

So, thanks to Music Together Worldwide, on Wednesday, March 3, at 12:30 PM ET, we’re going on a virtual field trip to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat . . . at the world-renowned Mpala Research Centre in Nanyuki, Kenya.

While showing us around, Mpala Executive Director Dr. Dino Martins

  • will share elephant facts kids will love,
  • talk about the role families everywhere can play in conservation, and
  • swap musical stories with Rhythm Kids creator Tom Foote.

Bring your children’s elephant questions and something to drum on . . .  we’ll be making music, too!

This Event is Free

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.  Children of all ages welcome.

Register for Mpala Field Trip
We’re going on a virtual field trip to Mpala Live with Music Together Worldwide to see some amazing animals in their natural habitat.

Join the Fun – just click the button above to submit a quick registration sign-up and Music Together worldwide will send you the event link.

Overview

Join Pakachoag Music School via YouTube for 21 Ways to Harmony, a set of seven conversations accompanied by music, airing throughout 2021.  The School’s first conversation explored

From Music Lessons to Life in the Sciences: Parallels Beyond the Studio

Feature No. 1 with music school alumna Julia Nguyen, Ph.D., Chemistry.

Click Here to Find Feature 1

Enjoy a little music featuring student musicians.  We will also challenge you, through conversation, to think more deeply than usual about the role of music in life.  Our focus is on creating and uncovering harmony and commonality in music and in life.

Each conversation is hosted by Pakachoag Director of Programs and Outreach, Kristjon Imperio.

Watch for announcements and links for future installments.

February Feature No. 1

From Music Lessons to Life in the Sciences:
Parallels Beyond the Studio

  • Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Platform:  Facebook/You Tube
  • Special guest:   Julia Nguyen, Pakachoag Alumna
    • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington; Bachelor’s Degree, Williams College.

Details

Pakachoag Music School is entering 2021 with a refreshed commitment to building harmony as part of community – both within and without.

During a difficult 2020, where conflict surfaced all around us – locally and nationally – the School began to receive a different kind of feedback from parents and adult students about the importance of music-making in life and especially for mental health.

The repeated thanks and appreciation coming from School families around the importance of music stood in deep contrast to the divisiveness that was going on externally.

Conversations host and Pakachoag Program Director Kristjon Imperio writes:  “In conversations amongst our staff and board members surrounding the challenges in our community and nation, we realize that these common ‘music messages’ stand as lasting principles, extending beyond popular and passing narratives.”

“My favorite college course was ‘Arts & Ideas’.  I love how the arts draw from a huge ‘library’ of culture and ideas, spanning time, circumstance and geography,” adds Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director.  “One can find so many commonalities among the arts over the centuries.  Differences bump up against each other but commonality is also present everywhere, no matter the musical genre or style; or artistic medium.   Our goal for Community Conversations is to peel away layers of stereotypes, differences and structures, using the framework of music to inform our understanding of cultural commonality,” says Executive Director Sarah Smongeski.

Throughout the year, Mr. Imperio will lead seven conversations, accompanied by student and faculty music.  With an array of varied conversational partners planned, we will be looking to uncover – perhaps even create — multiple “resolutions” as part of each conversation that can help each of us become aware of commonalities we might not have considered previously.  We want to encourage reflection on how we use those commonalities to create harmony in life, and provide a little inspiration for what it means to make music locally.  We often hear that music is the common language.  We plan to dig deeper to uncover what those commonalities CAN be, for 2021 and beyond.

21 Ways to Harmony:  Feature 2

Chasing Dreams to American Shores

Feature 2 explored the commonality of the immigrant experience, using Irish fiddle music and poetry as our launching pad.

  • Premiere Date: St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Place: Facebook/YouTube (Prerecorded)
  • Special guest: Worcester poet Curt G. Curtin
  • Featuring Irish Fiddle Music with Pakachoag faculty and students.

 


A New Year, A New Song

Introducing:  21 Ways to Create Harmony in 2021

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Pakachoag Music School will share inspiring music and conversations for the New Year as we look at the many positive ways music and the arts contribute to community.

  • Hosted by Kristjon Imperio, Director of Programs and Outreach
  • Thursday, December 31st
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Online via Pakachoag Music School on YouTube and Facebook

Featuring conversations, student and faculty music, & a special mystery guest!

We’ll post a direct link for ‘A New Year, A New Song’ on this page on 12/31/20

Join Pakachoag Music School Program Director, Kristjon Imperio, for conversations and music.  We’ll take a quick look back on how Pakachoag kept music alive in 2020 and share hopes for 2021, including the School’s vision for its new Pakachoag Connect program.  We’ll pause to enjoy faculty and student music, and explore with special guests how we can celebrate individual and cultural diversity, through music and the arts.  Be prepared for some cute/ heart-warming moments as student musicians share some favorites.

2020 has been a tough year, but music remains a strong positive in the life of many.  This New Year’s Eve event will be the first of an ongoing series focused on uncovering 21 Ways to Create Harmony in 2021.

More About A New Year, A New Song

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester presents a New Year’s Eve conversation with music. Presented via YouTube, “A New Year, A New Song” will be the School’s kick-off, with a little holiday flair, for its new ‘21 Ways to Create Harmony’ Series.

Each conversation, presented roughly once a month, remotely and later in-person, will be looking to uncover one of 21 ways we can create harmony, locally and creatively in 2021. Pre-recorded faculty selections (alumna and guests in the future), as well as student performances, including a few cute/heart-warming moments, will be included.

For this first conversation, Kristjon Imperio, Director of Programs & Outreach, will look back on how Pakachoag kept music alive in 2020 and share hopes for 2021, including the School’s vision for its new Pakachoag Connect program.

Mr. Imperio will also be introducing a Pakachoag Music School alumna, a recent PhD recipient living on the west coast, who will speak to her own experience as a Pakachoag piano student and first generation American.

Mystery Guest!  Tune in to meet our January Mystery Guest

Future conversations will explore how we can celebrate individual and cultural diversity, through music and the arts. Mr. Imperio says the ultimate goal of the new series is to look at the many positive ways we can connect with each other, individually, and as participants in the creative community of Greater Worcester.

“I believe that our community has embraced the challenges of 2020 with incredible endurance and strength. While initially wearying, technology has transformed our culture – presenting each of us the opportunity to positively connect with each other in new and creative ways as we move towards a post-pandemic world.”

Mr. Imperio, the son of a South East Asian immigrant, has spent much of his own life reflecting on how cultural background influences so many aspects of life, including how we learn, how we create community and how we approach our life trajectory.

When asked why someone should take the time to tune in to this kick-off conversation, Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director, says: “We’re approaching this new year’s eve as ‘let’s celebrate all of the positives that are happening’ – despite a really difficult year. I would also say don’t under-estimate the cute factor. Seeing young people make music and doing so with such enthusiasm and commitment – it makes you feel good. Our youth are our future, and, when we see/hear others engaging creatively (even online), the outcome can be nothing but positive.”

Pakachoag invites you to spend an hour, via YouTube, on December 31st at 6:30 PM to enjoy the beauty of music and community in harmony as we plunge forward and enthusiastically into 2021.

21 Ways to Create Harmony is made possible, in part, with funding from the Creative Engagement Grant Program administered by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation in partnership with the Barr Foundation.

Check Back Here for a Direct Link on 12/31/2020.

Music Together® Facebook Live

Thursday, September 17, 2 PM EDT
with Dr. Lili Levinowitz and Susan Darrow

Making music as a family brings you closer together and naturally supports your child’s development in so many ways. That’s why as a Music Together® licensee, we say Music Learning Supports All Learning®!

Social distancing and remote work and school mean that a lot of us are spending more time together at home these days, so you might be looking for new family activities that are easy and fun for everyone. (Bonus if they are also educational!)

Playing musically with your little ones checks all the boxes, and Music Together Worldwide is going live on Facebook to give you the know-how you need to make music a part of your day.

Join us live on the Music Together Worldwide Facebook Page (@musictogether) at 2 PM (EDT) on September 17, for a conversation with Dr. Lili Levinowitz, Music Together® Coauthor and Director of Research, and Susan Darrow, Music Together Worldwide CEO. Lili and Susan will talk about the impact of music on early childhood development. They will share lots of family music activities you can try at home to support your child’s learning — plus tips on how music can help YOU through pandemic parenting!

Take a tour, remotely, with Pakachoag Music School and the Worcester Children’s Chorus

Learn about some exciting new program offerings and discounts with the Chorus and Pakachoag.
Hear from parents & teachers.
Learn about remote vs. in-person: how it works;
and more.

Dates: Choose

  • Wednesday, August 12 or
  • Tuesday, August 25

Registration for 8/25 is open until 4 pm 8/24.
Please submit your registration at least 24 hours in advance so we may plan ahead.  Thank you.

Times:  Pick

  • 12 noon or
  • 4:00 pm

Please complete the quick registration form below by the requested deadline, so we can send you a private, secure link in advance of your selected date/time.

What to Expect

  • Meet faculty and parents to hear about our fall programs
  • Remote v. In-Person: How it Works
  • Enjoy student performances
  • Tour the Music School and Chorus remotely
  • Ask your questions
  • Learn about discounts and registration

Plan for 30 minutes for our remote tour.  If you have additional questions, we’re happy to set up a follow-up meeting.

Want to know a bit more ahead of time?

Meet the Chorus’ Phil Montgomery, Associate Director, and Pam Mindell, Artistic Director, here.

Meet Phil and Pam

Or, hear a little music from one of Pakachoag’s private lesson students with teacher here.

Enjoy Grieg for Four Hands Piano