Annually, our programs serve over 400 students from throughout Greater Worcester, resulting in over 3,500 hours of instruction.  However, the impact of music is less about numbers and more about life-long learning.  

Impact through learning, team work and more as part of Aladdin 2016 April

Annual Impact:  The Year in Review

The impact of music at Pakachoag lasts a lifetime.  Read in our annual report how we are making a difference in the lives of community, students and families.

Pakachoag Annual Report FY19

Pakachoag Annual Report FY18

Annual Report FY17 web here.

Annual Report FY2016 here.

Impact Through Student Reach

Pakachoag offers private lessons at our primary home in Worcester; also in West Boylston.  Music Together classes are brought closer to home for young families west of Worcester via Sturbridge classes; to the south in Auburn; and north of Worcester via Sterling classes.

Average weekly attendance: 250
Students Enrolled (both tuition based and outreach):  Full Year: 450 +

We attract students and families from over 35 cities and towns.

  • No. 1: Worcester 21%
  • No. 2: Auburn 19%
  • Other: (35+ communities) 60%

Impact Through Student Growth

Each year, roughly 30 students are invited to perform out in the community.
A few highlights of how we’re impacting community with music:

  • Students play at local nursing homes
  • Pakachoag cellist and pianist selected to solo with Worcester Youth Orchestras
  • Flute and trumpet students win prizes in Music Worcester competition
  • 15 plus violinists invited to perform at New England Conservatory as part of the Mass. Suzuki Association Festival

…with a variety of performances at Mechanics Hall, Hanover Theater, Tuckerman Hall, First Night Worcester, civic functions, senior centers and retirement homes.

Alumni Stand Out

The lasting impact of music can be seen in the lives of alumni.  Through discipline, hard work, sustained commitment, and expert teachers to guide, Pakachoag alumni excel.  Our alumni span a wide range of professions and include:

  • Operatic soprano, winner of NEC concerto competition
  • Actress with guest role in nationally syndicated crime show and ads
  • Church music director, with CDs released
  • A Rhodes Scholar & Henry Luce Scholar
  • School Principal
  • Capital Police officer
  • Doctors and lawyers

Impact Through Access:  Financial Aid

Ensuring access to School programs is a core value for Pakachoag.  Over the past five years, we’ve awarded over $100,000 in tuition support for families in need, thanks to donor and grantor support.

Currently, 12% of Private Lesson students receive financial support (FY19) with a goal of reaching 24% sustained annual support in coming years.   The average annual award of $950 per student.

Outreach & Partnerships

Extending mission, reach, access and diversity

Afternoon Tunes at All Saints

Providing free music lessons, music and instruments for children of the Piedmont, Main Middle and Elm Park neighborhoods. Pakachoag serves as a lead partner.

Partners In Music

  • Worcester Children’s Chorus
  • Worcester Youth Orchestras
  • Pakachoag Music School

Partners In Music expands the mission and reach of each organization through selective, shared marketing and space use, along with collaborative performances.

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Pak@TheClub guitar classes with Michael Stubblefield, after-school, once-a-week.  For FY19, the program will run November to June.