Student News & Events

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.

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.

Fall 2017 Music Together

Whether you have a brand new baby in the house (or grandchild) or a post-pre-school five year old, it is never too soon (or too late) to experience the joy that comes from music.

Enroll starting August 1st for our award winning Music Together program.
You can choose from five locations. Various classes and locations scheduled Monday to Saturday. Also Thursday afternoon.

Learn more here about Music Together at Pakachoag .
Hope to see you in September for Music, Together!

As we push toward year-end, we’re pleased to be including over 80 private lesson students in our May School-Wide Recitals.

We’ll have 6 sessions of performances.

  • Saturday, May 20th:  1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 on
  • Sunday, May 21st:   1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 pm

Congratulations to all of the students who have performed this spring – it can’t happen without practice!  (and good teachers 🙂 ).

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.

Register starting March 1st for our Music Together spring session featuring the “Moracas” song collection.  Whether you are new to the program or re-enrolling, the benefits of music during the formative years are numerous and long-lasting.

You can read more about the Music Together program, schedules and locations in our MT program section.  If you’re not sure if this is for you, consider this great article about the benefits of music, for life.

Babies’ brains benefit from music lessons, even before they can walk and talk

Or, if you have a toddler or pre-schooler, this article is also a good one:

Music Education and the Brain:

The benefits of music education has been researched for decades. Most recently neuroscientists have been excited about the significant differences they have seen between the brain functions of musicians, when compared with non-musicians. It has become clear that music education before the age of 7 has the greatest benefits to brain development.