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The Pakachoag Fiddle Bands host Open Mic and Jam evening 2 or 3 times during the course of the year. This event is open to anyone who would like to come.  Most of our attendees are in the range of 10 to 18 years.  Parents welcome too.

Event Ticket is $15 for guests.

Free for registered Band members.

Join Amy Matherly and Marilyn Butler on the selected dates at 7:00 in Vinton Hall at our Worcester Central home. The evening will begin with an Open Mic, which will include a performance by the Rosewood Duo. Come with something to play or just listen. We will then all play tunes chosen by participants and Marilyn will teach us a fun dance.

What:  New Year Fiddle Jam

When:  Friday, January 3rd

Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Vinton Hall, 2nd Floor, at 10 Irving Street, Worcester 01609

Parking and Entry:  Please register your attendance ahead by clicking below where you can also find information on parking and entry.

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The Pakachoag Fiddle Band will be part of the line-up for the December 14th Student Recital at Pakachoag Music School.   Other performers include violinists, pianists, flutist, fiddler, and the Suzuki Allegro Violin Group.

Students range in age from  five to adult; and represent the towns of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Brimfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Sterling, and Webster.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and share favorite selections with guests. We invite you to come enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Click below to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Sunday, December 14, 2019
  • Time:  3:00 to about 4:15 pm
  • Location:  The Sanctuary at All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609
  • Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens at 2:30 pm
  • Watch for signs for front door opening – on Irving Street.
Dec 14 Recital Tickets

Over 15 students will perform for this first of two December recitals.  Participating students are aged 6 to adult representing the towns of Auburn, Dudley, Grafton, Holden, Sutton, West Boylston and Worcester.  Students have been studying for 1 to  as many as 8 years.  Performances include pianists, guitarists, vocalists and cellists.

Recitals are a staple of Pakachoag’s lesson program providing opportunities for students to set goals and learn skills for on-stage success.

We invite you to join us to enjoy the music and celebrate community music-making with the students of Pakachoag Music School.

Advance Ticket Reservation Requested.  Click below to secure tickets.

  • Date:  Saturday, December 8, 2019
  • Time:  4:00 to about 5:15 pm
  • Location:  The Sanctuary at All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA  01609
  • Back door, off Pleasant Street, opens at 3:30 pm
  • Watch for signs for front door opening – on Irving Street.
Dec 8 Recital Tickets

“The Songs Get Stuck in My Head!”

Maya is 9 years old and from Shrewsbury.  Maya first came to Pakachoag in 2012 as a summer early childhood / music and movement student.  In 2014, Maya began violin lessons with Dr. Leah Zelnick.  Maya currently studies with Laurie Knorr.

Sarah, Pakachoag ED, recently asked Maya a few questions by e-mail.

Why do you like playing the violin? I like playing the violin because some of my family members play the violin and I really admire their talent. My parents suggested to try it myself and play with them someday. I said yes. I tried it out and I loved it! The number one reason I love playing the violin is because it is so much fun and the songs always get stuck in my head!

What do you like the most about being a Pakachoag student? What I like the most about being a Pakachoag student is all of the people around me. Along the way, I’ve been in the same group class with many new faces (at the start) that are now some of my best friends. We’ve been able to hang out in our free time and our families too.

What do you think you would like to do when you grow up? When I grow up, I would like to go on tour like Lindsey Stirling. She is a phenomenal violinist and I would like to be like her someday.

Do you have any advice you would give to a new music student? My advice that I would give to a new music student would be “just be yourself.” I think this because I want to be a violinist like Lindsey, but not exactly like her. I just want to go on tour and share my talent like her. And also, if you mess up one note, it’s not the end of the world! You can just go back and fix the error you made and continue with the song. Don’t think that you don’t have talent at all and you shouldn’t share it. I’ve felt that way many times.

Maya in a recent performance alongside some of the friends she has made as part of the School’s Suzuki Violin Program.

Thank you for choosing me as a featured student! I couldn’t ask for anything more!

-Maya Elizabeth Pascoal

Dear Maya, We love knowing that you love to play the violin.  We love reading that you have learned some important lessons along the way like “if you mess up one note, it’s not the end of the world.”  Thank you for participating in our Featured Student community engagement project.    Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Sarah S. and the Pakachoag faculty

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

Faculty & Friends Concert

Dreams of Harmony:  Music and Reflections for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20th, 2020

2:00 pm

The Sanctuary at All Saints Church
10 Irving Street, Worcester  01609
Free.

A Pakachoag Faculty Special Event, with friends:  The Worcester Children’s Chorus and The All Saints’ Choirs.

Pakachoag Music School invites you to join us for musical and spoken reflections on the contributions and dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program features tenor and Pakachoag faculty member Christon Carney, with pianist Kristjon Imperio in art songs, spirituals, and “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime.

We’ll be joined by Pakachoag students, the Worcester Children’s Chorus, and members of the All Saints Choirs in this program of reflection and inspiration.

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Faculty Concert with Harp, Clarinet, Piano

The Night Dance: Folk Music of Ireland and Dance-Inspired Classical Selections.

  • With special guest The Worcester County Poetry Association

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

2:00 pm

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

Free.

Featuring Susan Howland, Celtic Harp; Emma Gregory, Clarinet; and Kristjon Imperio, Piano.  Enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Ireland played by accomplished harpist Susan Howland.   We’ll also treat you to an unusual transciption of a Bach Chaconne and more recently composed dance-inspired songs for Clarinet.  Members of the Worcester County Poetry Association will share readings similarly inspired by dance, including Thomas Moore’s The Night Dance.

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Honors Student Masterclass & Social

With select high school students

Friday, April 3rd – 7:15 pm

Watch for more information in the new year.