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.

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.

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

Pakachoag Music School is On the Move!

We’re excited to announce that Pakachoag Music School is expanding its footprint into Worcester.  We’ll be moving our offices on December 18 and 19th to All Saints Church, at the corner of Irving and Pleasant Streets.    Private lessons and related programming will gradually transfer to All Saints starting in January, 2018 and continuing through June.

We’d like you to know how to find us!!

  • Our offices move December 18 and 19, 2917
  • Music Together classes will continue as previously scheduled, at the five locations currently offered.
  • Private Lessons and related programming will transfer into Worcester starting in January and continuing through June.
  • Auburn lessons and classes will begin to function as satellite programs as of next week.
  • Our West Boylston lessons and classes will continue as a satellite program.

Our new address:  10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609 at All Saints Church, corner of Irving and Pleasant Streets.

For more complete information on how to find us, parking, and office hours visit our Office/Staff page.

We’re excited to be celebrating our 35th anniversary year by moving forward in new ways.  As we begin our journey to anchor in Worcester during 2018, we hope you’ll join us along the way – for lessons, classes, and concerts.

Why the Move?

The School’s move into Worcester responds to long-term strategic needs, along with changes underway at Pakachoag Church.

We’re excited to link more closely with Worcester’s cultural community, to be able to position ourselves for future growth, and to build on pre-existing partnerships with All Saints Church and The Hanover Theater.

Many thanks to All Saints Church, known for its long standing-commitment to excellence in music, for the warm welcome.

We extend our thanks to Pakachoag Church, the School’s founder,  who has been generous over many years through the provision of space at reduced rental rates.

If you would like more information about the School’s move and associated strategic planning, please e-mail Executive Director Sarah Smongeski at Sarah@pakmusic.org.

Sincerely,

Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director
Pakachoag Music School

Pakachoag Music School presents
A Student Recital Honoring Veterans
Saturday, November 11th
2:00 pm
The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church
203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA 01501

The school welcomes veterans and community friends to join School families, faculty and students for this concert. We’ll have a few special patriotic selections programmed, as well as our traditional student favorites featuring beginners through advancing music students.

Refreshments will follow the program.
Free.

Pakachoag special events are made possible in part with the support of Pakachoag Church through use of the Great Hall, and the Steinway concert grand piano.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Pakachoag violinists will be playing at Mechanics Hall on Sunday, October 22nd during intermission for the Music Worcester Gil Shaham concert starting at 4:00 pm

Violin legend Gil Shaham will perform with pianist Akira Eguchi on a program featuring works by Kreisler, Prokofiev, Franck, Bach, and Saint-Saens.

We’re looking forward to hearing this wonderful violinist in concert; and our students are excited to share their own music in Washburn Hall while guests break for intermission.

Andrew Lefferts, of Oxford, will join Inna Muranik in a piano four-hands Brahms arrangement on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Andrew is seventeen years old and is the seventh of eight children, all of whom have studied piano with Inna.   The families enrollment at Pakachoag has spanned more than 20 years making the Lefferts the School’s longest enrolled family.  Andrew has taken lessons with Inna since he was six years old.

Andrew writes:  “I have not only benefited from Inna’s technical instruction and constructive critiques, but especially love to learn by listening to her play. Most importantly, Inna has taught me that mistakes can be perceived as something to learn from, and nothing can be done without diligent daily work”.

Andrew is a member of the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and has participated for several years in theory classes at Pakachoag.  He writes his own music which has included a few submissions for video game competitions and computer performed orchestral pieces, as well as music for solo piano.

Last summer Andrew participated in the Lyra Music Festival at Smith College.  His end of festival performance of Schubert’s fourth Impromptu earned him a review noting “the most satisfying performance of the afternoon, with proper attention to the many dynamic changes in this beautiful piece.” (The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Mark Morford).

Andrew plans to take a gap year in 2017-2018 while preparing to pursue music as a major in college.

 

 

Leah Cammuso of Worcester, will join her teacher, Inna Muravnik, faculty, to play Grieg for piano four-hands on April 29th, starting at 4:00 pm in the Great Hall at Pakachoag Church.

Leah has studied piano with Inna for thee years.  What is the biggest lesson Leah has learned while studying with Inna?

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Inna is that… when you dedicate yourself to something that is important to you, success is attainable! Inna is a sure example of this.”  Leah also notes, “What I like the most about being a student of Inna are the little chats about life before my lesson. She cares about me as a person. It isn’t all about the music. “
Leah is a high school senior and has been playing piano since she was 4 years old. She began studying with Inna three years ago after moving from Michigan to Massachusetts. She enjoys passing on her love for music to the two students she teaches; she has also served as pianist for a church children’s choir.  Leah is planning a gap year starting in September to study further with Inna and is looking forward to the possibility of becoming a music performance major.
Please join us on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 4:00 pm for this special piano concert.  Senior Andrew Lefferts will also play with Inna; and Inna will perform solo selections from Schumann’s Novelletten.

pakmt-2-10-16large-750_8891_optPakachoag Music School is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Recognized throughout Greater Worcester as a leader for over three decades in early childhood music education, Pakachoag will offer a weekly Music Together® class on Monday mornings in the Conservatory’s newly renovated space starting in early January.  The Conservatory, which adjoins the Theater at the intersection of Southbridge Street and Main Street, Worcester, will provide free parking at the Federal Plaza Garage, just across the street.  Enrollees will also qualify for a 10% discount on most theater shows.

Pakachoag faculty member Linnea Lyerly will teach the class scheduled for 9:30 am to 10:15 a.m.

Click here for information about Pakachoag’s Music Together program.

Click here to register for Pakachoag MT at the Hanover.

Making Music for Life with Bach and Saint-Saens

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Marti and Sarah following a beautiful concert. A true thrill to know that Martin will be playing his violin for years to come (for Life!)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Abbreviated opening comments (minus some thank you’s) from Sarah.

Today we host Martin, in an alumni recital, a special happening in the life of a school.

While it is a thrill when a former student and young person embraces something that we as teachers have also embraced, in terms of a vocational choice, launching students into the world as a professional musician is not Pakachoag Music School’s primary focus .

Rather, at Pakachoag, our mission is

  • To nurture,
  • To cultivate the imagination,
  • To inspire creativity
  • To develop artistry

…all wrapped within a love for music.

And, all are skills that Pakachoag students can take with them – through life/for life.

So [thus], while making music for life has multiple connotations, it is appropriately a simple message.  Music is valuable in every way – and the investment of our donors and grantors through the Music for Life! campaign and the annual harmony fund is helping to assure that high quality music experiences remain accessible for students of today and tomorrow.

Thank you for the opportunity to host Martin this weekend.  Your support has made this possible. Martin’s music is our music; together we are making Music for Life!