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.

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!

Please join us for this special kick-off concert for the 2016-2017 season.palacios_222_312_90

Saturday, October 15, 2016
4:00 p.m.
The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

Free.  Donations gratefully accepted for the Save The Instruments Fund.

Making Music For Life
Guest Alumnus Concert

Martin Palacios, Violin

Kamilla Isanbaeva Irving (Faculty), Piano

  • Partitia No. 2 in D minor J. S. Bach
  • Concerto in B minor Camille Saint-Saens
  • Five Pieces for Two Violins Dimitri Schostakovich
    With Maxim Korn, Faculty Emeritus

Martin returns from Memphis, Tennessee where he plays as a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and is completing an MM degree (in Suzuki Pedagogy) at the University of Memphis.

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Music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Shostakovich.

Saturday, June 4th
1:00 pm
The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

The girls will pay selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach and Shostakovich.

Abbie and Renae both began cello lessons at Pakachoag in September, 2010.

Abbie also previously took piano lessons starting around the age of 9.  The girls’ families have been involved with Pakachoag for over 13 years, with numerous older siblings also enrolled.  Abbie is the “new” face of Pakachoag as seen in our opening photo of the website.

Both girls have been actively involved with the Worcester Youth Orchestras.

Renae will continue her music studies next year as a student at Worcester State University.  Abbie will remain involved in local music-making activities.

Nico Duchamp, former Principal Flutist of the Opera Comique, Paris

Masterclass & Concert

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Masterclass:  1:00 to 3:00 pm*
Concert  7:00 pm – Free & Open to the Public
with Pakachoag faculty Jung-Yi Hsieh, Flute and Andrey Karpyuk, Piano:

The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church

*To apply as a participant for the masterclass or purchase tickets to attend as an auditor please download and complete  Duchamp Masterclass Registration form.

Read more about Nico on his website here – including a sampling of his beautiful playing in the French tradition of Philippe Gaubert.

Nicolas Duchamp is an internationally acclaimed performer and respected teacher, in the tradition of the Paris Conservatory French school of flute playing, of which Philippe Gaubert was a most notorious example.
He has served for many years as principal flutist for the National Opera Comique in Paris and toured extensively in his native France as well as Europe, Japan and North America.

With his ‘’warm tone, distinctive charm and creative poetic eloquence”, Mr. Duchamp has performed as soloist with many of France’s leading chamber music ensembles and orchestras, including Paris Opera Bastille, Nice Opera, Strasbourg National Opera, Lamoureux Orchestra, Metz Orchestra and the Bordeaux National Opera, with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Georges Prêtre, Myung-Whun Chung, Philip Walsh, Brian Schembri, Yutaka Sado, Laurent Petit Girard, and Philipp Morehead.

He has performed internationally in solo recitals, chamber music ensembles and as orchestra soloist in prestigious concert halls including Salle Pleyel, Cité des Arts, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Claude Champagne Hall in Montreal, the Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Olympia Hall in Munich, Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Weill Recital Hall in New York.

Duchamp’s active international career takes him regularly throughout Europe, North America and to Japan.

Nico is a prominent flute teacher who travels between Paris, New York, and South Carolina.  Jung-Yi Hsieh (Alice Daugherty), a Pakachoag faculty member, studies with Nico in New York.  We are so appreciative that both Alice and Nico are taking the time to share their beutiful music with us.

Additional thanks to faculty member Andrey Karpyuk who will play piano for Nico while at Pakachoag; also to Pakachoag Church for providing access to the Great Hall and the Steinway concert grand which will be used during this special event