Student News & Events

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.

Let the Music Change Your Life!

…as we make Music for Life!

You can hear Henry play his winning jingle here (lyrics below):

Congratulations to Henry Wang, winner of our Music for Life! Jingle Contest.  Henry is 10 years old and from Auburn.  He is a Suzuki violin student, takes piano lessons, participates in theory classes, last year was in the theater program, and also plays with the Worcester Youth Orchestras.  He plays regularly in performance classes and recitals.  As you can see, Henry is very dedicated to music.  Thank you, Henry, for taking the challenge and writing such a nice jingle.

Lyrics (also by Henry Wang):

Lovely music everywhere.  Music for Life!
Pakachoag.
Everybody loves music.
Do, Re, Mi; Do, Re, Mi; Mi, Re, Do; Mi, Re, Do.

Come and join our music school.
Let the music change your life.
Everybody loves music.
Do, Re, Mi; Do, Re, Mi; Mi, Re, Do; Mi, Re, Do.

What is Music for Life?

The Music for Life! Campaign is re-shaping Pakachoag for students, today and tomorrow by:

  • Enhancing program delivery with geographic options, community outreach and local partnerships;
  • Increasing the percent of students receiving financial aid; and
  • Aligning our improved resources and capabilities to better deliver on our core promise, while positioning ourselves for sustainability

–all to benefit our students of the future and create greater community impact.  Read More.

How do we feel about recitals?  As a performer?  As an audience member?  As a collective community?

We asked everyone attending our November 12th student recital to find one word (or a couple ok too) to jot down on their yellow sticky note before we began.  No right/wrong answers.  No names.  Just a quick, private moment to reflect.

Then, when we finished, we asked everyone to write down (on their blue sticky note) how they were feeling.

We invited everyone to share their sticky notes in the back of the hall – no names.  Just an array of reflections.

Lots of nifty responses.  Everyone ended the day on a positive note.  And, I, Sarah,was a little surprised to learn that so many of our students and families were excited, proud, and happy as they waited for us to begin the concert.  I would have thought maybe we’d see a few more notes of anxiety and fear; but am delighted that so many students feel so positive about the performing experience; and for those who did feel less than positive – that’s ok too.   Performing is part of being a musician- how we feel about performing and approach performing is part of our learning and growth.

Here’s a list of our Saturday reflections.  Mostly, we thank students for working hard to prepare, for your participation, and for everyone’s support as engaged, attentive audience.

Side note:  No correlation necessarily between “before” and “after” words – everything just listed alphabetically and otherwise, randomly.

Before -alphabetically After – alphabetically
Alaia amazed
annoyed awesome
anticipation calm
anticipation content
anticipation elated
anxious enchanted
beautiful entertained
content glad these kids have this confidence
cornered grateful
eager happiness
embarassed happy
enjoyment happy
excited happy
excited happy
excited happy
excited happy
excited happy
excited happy
excited happy and impressed
excitement happy for all the performers
good hopeful
happiness impressed
happy impressed
happy joy
happy joyful
impatient joyful
joy medium
nervous overjoyed
nervous proud
nervous proud
passion proud
peace proud
peaceful proud
pleased proud
proud prouder
proud relaxed
proud relief
proud relieved
proud relieved
sad – happy relieved
scared satisfied
serene thankful
tired wonderful

Friday, June 3rd

Two Sessions:

6:30 to 7:15

7:30 to 8:30

Featuring mostly piano, violin, trumpet students and  suzuki groups, our tag-on Friday evening recitals are our final rally for the School Year until we gather again in November.