Student News & Events

Our first student recital for the new school year will feature 10 students who have been working hard to polish their latest pieces. Performers will play piano, violin and guitar, also sing, representing ages 7 to 15. Participating students represent the towns of Auburn, Charlton, Paxton, Shrewsbury, West Boylston and Worcester.

We recommend accompanying children be able to sit /listen for roughly one hour, usually that means around age 8 and up.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Click below to secure tickets.

Date:  Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time:  1:00 pm to about 2:00 pm

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

Doors open at 12:30 pm

Nov 16 Recital Tickets

FIVE, TEN Year Students & GRADUATES Recognized

Reinburg Award for Effort, Commitment & Attitude

We congratulate Matthew Morales, voice student of Silvia Irving, recipient of this year’s PKR Award for Effort, Commitment & Attitude. Matt graduates from Tantasqua High School this May, and will pursue a vocal performance degree at New England Conservatory starting this Fall.

Matt was also accepted at Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music and The Hartt School.

Graduates; Five & Ten Year Milestone Recipients

Additional congratulations to graduating seniors, and 5- and 10- Year milestone certificate recipients:

“Five Years of Lessons” Milestone:

  • Katelyn Aho, Piano, Student of Debby Sedgwick
  • Dylan Burke, Violin, Student of Amy Matherly
  • Lilly Enquist, Piano student of Inna Muravnik
  • Lauren Enquist, Piano, student of Inna Muravnik
  • Aidan Hachey, Guitar, student of Josh Goldman
  • Angelica Kopec, Piano, student of Debby Sedgwick
  • Daniel Lee, Violin, student of Laurie Knorr
  • Matthew O’Connor, Piano, student of Debby Sedgwick
  • Maya Pascoal, Violin, student of Laurie Knorr
  • Ksheeraja Ramanujam, Violin, student of Amy Matherly

Ten Year Milestone:

  • Shannen Lin, Violin, student of Amy Matherly
  • Grace Quimby, Piano, student of Janeen Baker

High School Graduates:

  • Olivia Curnen, Auburn
  • Matthew Lacaire, West Boylston
  • Shannen Lin, Worcester
  • Matt Morales, Brimfield
  • Rachel Rathbun, Hubbardston
  • Anna Sophia Rollins, Boylston

Open Office / Open School

June 20 and 21, 2019:  4 to 8pm

If you are new to Pakachoag and visit us during Open Office/Open School days on June 20 or June 21, 2019 between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and we’ll offer you 10% savings on a summer program or class; or register for fall lessons, and we’ll waive the registration fee.

Please let us know when submitting your registration on June 20 or 21 that you are requesting the discount.

This offer can only be made available if request is made at the time of registration.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

At The Worcester PopUp
20 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA  01608

Join Pakachoag Music School for a relaxed evening of guitar music at Worcester’s PopUp! We’ll be featuring students aged 8 to 18  playing a little of everything, electric and acoustic; folk, pop, rock, and perhaps a classical selection too.  The program serves as our end-of-year wrap-it-all-up performance with the students of faculty members Jeff Dostal and Josh Goldman.

#MakeArtEverywhere, #WorcesterCulturalCoalition #TheWorcesterPopUp 


Disclaimer:“The Worcester PopUp is a creative co-working space of the Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with The Barr Foundation. This event is not sponsored by, nor does it necessarily reflect the views of the Worcester Cultural Coalition.”

Learn more about arts in Worcester at WorcesterCulture.org

 

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.

It is Fall Registration season!  We’re registering full steam ahead now that the end of August is upon us.  Call today or email us at info@pakmusic.org if you have a question.  Lots of information is available here on the website about programs, Music Together locations and schedules, and our teachers.  Kristjon Imperio, kristjon@pakmusic.org,  is the person to contact if you are interested in private lessons.  He can review schedule options available.

The Lefferts Family. Back Row, L to R: Esther Mintzer (Lefferts), Peter, Daniel, Ben, Claire and dad John. Front Row L to R: Jeffrey, Emily, Leah, Andrew, and mom Gail.

In May 2018, Andrew Lefferts performed in his final Pakachoag recital before heading off to music school in September.  While we celebrate and acknowledge all of our graduating seniors each year, this particular performance also marked the end of an era.  Eight siblings, all pianists, have been enrolled at Pakachoag Music School since 1996, a full 22 years.  Gail Lefferts, mom, asked if she could end our recital weekend on Sunday, May 20th by sharing some thoughts surrounding the impact of Pakachoag on her family.

Gail’s story is not the typical short 2018 web snippet, but we wanted to share in full.  Her story reminded us that our mission and promise to make Music for Life lives strong among students and families of the past, the present, and the future. 

We invite everyone to be part of our Pakachoag family, where we make Music for Life.  

A Generation of Pianists:

Twenty-two years ago on the suggestion of a neighbor, I called Pakachoag Community Music School to inquire about piano lessons.  I can still hear Sarah’s lovely English voice as she explained to me the workings of the school.  Within the week my three oldest children were taking piano lessons with Inna Muravnik, the teacher assigned to us.  At that time Pakachoag was located in a little church up the street from the Pakachoag Church where they have resided until this year.  The room was small and I vividly remember cramming into the space with a baby grand piano, Inna, two children seated in chairs, a third child on the piano bench, my three year old son playing quietly under the piano and my infant son sleeping in the corner in his car seat. That was our beginning at Pakachoag.

Shortly after, the school moved to the Pakachoag Church. Everyone had a little more room and as each of our eight children came of age s/he began his or her piano study. There was music in our home all day as each one took a turn to practice.  I was able to tell from a distance who was playing by what they were playing.  Even I took piano lessons for a year.  Thursday was piano day and we spent a good many hours here.

In addition to piano, the school offered us many other excellent moments for musical and personal growth. Throughout the years we had a few children who wanted to expand by adding violin, trumpet, guitar, voice or music theory to their study. Through their musical endeavors they acquired tools necessary to succeed not only in music but in life – skills like perseverance, diligence, and goal planning and execution.  They learned to enjoy success, to cope with disappointment and to view mistakes as learning opportunities.  These benefits now extend beyond Pakachoag to their everyday adult lives. Music also continues to be a source of personal enrichment.  Whether it’s a band of friends making music on Wednesday nights or an actor playing Mozart who has a better understanding of the character he plays or just a group of siblings playing with rhythms and tunes, their musical foundation plays a role.  It has been such an ongoing joy for me to notice that whenever an adult child is home, the visit always includes time at the piano.

My children have also learned that performing music is not just personally satisfying but is also a gift that enhances the lives of others.  Throughout our years at Pakachoag the school has offered our children chances to share their music with other musicians, with the elderly, with children and with the community – at nursing homes, Afternoon Tunes, Christmas events, First Night celebrations, and even performances in Mechanics Hall.  They have learned that music adds to the lives of both the performer and listener alike.

Pakachoag has gifted our family with a community of fellow musicians and friends. It was “chance” that paired us with Inna Muravnik, but our good fortune to have her as our piano instructor has blessed each member of our family.  Although she connected better with some of our children than others, she truly taught each child to appreciate music and to work hard for their goals.  Our lessons sometimes included anecdotes from Inna’s life that, though sometimes off topic, always broadened our view of culture and life.  Always willing  to help, Inna invited us to her home many times for extra attention if a child needed a bit more before an audition or performance.  Over twenty-two years our relationship with Inna developed beyond teacher and student to family friend.

We also cherish our relationship with Sarah who has supported us beyond the role of school director by taking an interest in each child and encouraging them in their individual musical endeavors.  She has offered them many opportunities to share their music with the community, helped and encouraged them with personal struggles, and assisted with the college application process.  She also was a friend to me with whom I enjoyed discussing all things musical…and not.

In addition to Inna and Sarah, we have come to know and be blessed by other faculty members like Janeen Baker who has taken an interest in our children even though they weren’t her students.  Always with a kind word of encouragement or helpful word of advice, Janeen took the time to reach out after every recital.  In addition to the Pakachoag faculty who touched our lives both musically and personally, our family has been enriched by many other families with whom we have not only shared music but also play dates and parties and family functions.  Pakachoag is truly a community music school not only because it brings music to the community but also because within it is a strong, loving community of families that support each other.

Andrew is our last child to study here at the music school and this spring brings us to the conclusion of our weekly treks to Pakachoag.   I am pleased that he had a chance to perform here at All Saints so that we can say we were part of the school in all three of its home locations.  I have only given highlights of the many blessings our family has enjoyed by being a part of the Pakachoag community. I’d like to thank Sarah, Inna, and the wonderful faculty and families of Pakachoag.   I am so glad that when I was simply looking for piano lessons all those years ago that I was led to this school which proved to be so much more than just a place to learn to play the piano.

Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm we’ll be at Pakachoag Church hosting a studio guitar concert featuring the students of Jeff Dostal and Josh Goldman. We’ll have a few guest guitarists with us who are part of our outreach guitar classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester.
This is a fun program that includes a little bit of everything – rock, pop, folk, classical.
Families, friends and guests welcome.

Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 and 4:00 pm

Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 and 4:00 pm

The music will play all weekend thanks to hard working Pakachoag students.  Admission is free.

We’ll have soloists and small string groups; vocalists, flute, pianists, violins, violas, guitars.  Twinkle variations through Beethoven and Bach.  Ages 6 through 18 years.

We’ll celebrate our graduates, present five and ten year milestones (of lessons) certificates, announce the Peggy Kelley Reinburg Award for Effort, Commitment & Attitude recipient for 2018, and play on the recently donated Mason and Hamlin piano (freshly tuned) – its first public Pakachoag performance; all at our new home at 10 Irving Street, Worcester; in the All Saints sanctuary.

Refreshments follow each program in the adjoining Huntington Hall.

Fifty-six students will play throughout the weekend, joining roughly 30 others who performed in our April spring recitals.

Many thanks to parents who are volunteering to assist with welcoming guests and manage receptions.