Special Events

Our event listings are shown here by posting date – and may not appear in order of event date.  Each posting notes the exact event date.

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.

Star Musing

Saturday, March 9, 2018
2:00 pm

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event

Join us for music with friends and colleagues.  Our relationships at Pakachoag are tightly anchored around our love for music and teaching.  A cluster of faculty are pairing up to present this concert featuring Four Hands Organ, Violins with Harpsichord, Soprano & More.

This will be our first official performance that includes the Goble Harpsichord donated in 2014 and recently repaired.  The All Saints Church organ, made by Aeolian-Skinner, is also included in this program.

Music by Debussy, Holst, Mozart, LaGrenzi and other surprise selections.

  • Victoria Bartolomeo, Soprano
  • Amy Matherly, Laurie Knorr, Janeen Baker:
    Violins with Harpsichord
  • Sheila Reid, Violin & Debby Sedgwick, Piano
  • Curtis Smith & Kristjon Imperio: Four Hands Organ

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

If you need special disabled access, please call ahead so that we can review logistics.  A ramp is available from Irving Street coming into the Sanctuary at front of Church.

From C to E:  Bach & More for Cello

Saturday, January 12, 2018
2:00 pm

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event with Ashley Peck, Cello
Special Guest:  Shuangning Liu, Piano

Ms. Peck will perform the Bach Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat Major for Unaccompanied Cello and Prokofiev Sonata for Cello in C Major.  Join us and you will also be treated to a selection in D.  So why exactly did the composer pick that key?  We’ll share a little background on the composers and these famous works for Cello.

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.

Win a Prize!

Bring a friend, and your chances to win increase exponentially 🙂

Lots of great music and activities planned.

Everyone who checks in can fill out a raffle ticket to win one of three great prizes; AND bring a friend!  Check in with a friend and  you can request a 2nd ticket for the raffle.

Win one of three great gifts:

  • $200 gift certificate for a visit to 111 Chop House/Via/Sole Proprietor
  • Wine & Dine Gift Basket
  • Surprise Basket

For a complete schedule of the the day’s events, click SCHEDULE

Parking Information & Building Entry

Guests may park in the church lot, back of church, accessed via Pleasant Street; enter the church at the rear entrance off the lot.  OR,  park on Irving Street in the Worcester Public Schools Admin. Building (we have permission); metered parking available on Irving Street.

A front of church door is likely to be open most of the day – but if front doors are not open, please do come around to back.  The door that sits a few steps down from back parking lot serves as the general main entry.

Or, you might wish to use the Pleasant Street Parking Garage two blocks east on Pleasant Street.

A Faculty Special Event

Vinton Hall at All Saints: Home of the newly refurbished harpsichord (donated by a School friend), on-going venue for student performance classes; and one of the featured spaces for ‘Music On The 10’s’.

Music on the 10’s:  A Walking Concert

Saturday, September 29, 2018
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Pakachoag Music School
at All Saints Church, 2nd & 3rd Floors*
10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609

Join us for a fun hour of faculty music, wrapped into a tour of the School’s new home at All Saints Church.

Featuring:

  • Sitar with Usha Verma in the World Music Room
  • Irish Harp with Susan Howland in The Vivaldi Studio
  • Alumni Abbie & Raene playing Cello Duos in The Bernstein Studio
  • Harpsichord with Janeen Baker, Vinton Hall
  • Piano Four Hands with Debby Sedgwick and Curtis Smith in the Chopin Studio

So skip the gym, bring your walking shoes (we won’t make you run), and enjoy the music.

This faculty special event wraps up the School’s all day Open House, celebrating the “new” Pakachoag at All Saints Church.

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Parking available in the Worcester Public Schools Admin Building lot on Irving Street (immediately next door to All Saints).  Thank you WPS for this support.  On-street parking also available on Irving and Oxford Streets (front and rear of church), church lot, and the Pleasant Street parking garage.

*This event is not accessible for persons with physical disability. We will be using stairs to the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Many of our future events will be programmed on the first floor at All Saints and can be accessed by wheelchair, with advance notice.   Please check event postings, and call ahead if wishing to arrange a visit for person with physical disability.