On The Move

On The Move, a capital investment campaign,

  • Is funding the fixtures, furnishings and equipment needed for the school’s new home.
  • Provided support for the physical move, from the leafy suburb of Auburn into Worcester’s culturally rich and diverse downtown neighborhood.

As of March 2019, 90% of our roughly $200,000 goal has already been raised thanks to early and generous gifts from local foundations and individual supporters.

Our new home, with 5,000 sq. feet of dedicated space on the 2nd and 3rd floors of All Saints Church’s expansive facility, provides the School room for growth on multiple levels—through partnerships, enrollment, and staffing.

Parking is available in the Church lot at rear of building with several close-by overflow options.

The School’s partnership with All Saints, which dates back over a decade, primarily through the Afternoon Tunes Program, also brings access to several halls and shared spaces suitable for performances and special activities.

If you would like to learn more about the two year On The Move capital investment campaign, please email Sarah@pakmusic.org.

Why On the Move Now?

The School’s move into Worcester  during 2018 responds to long-term strategic needs, along with changes underway at Pakachoag Church in Auburn, where the School had been housed since its inception in 1982.  We’re excited to link more closely with Worcester’s cultural community, to be able to position ourselves for future growth, and to build on pre-existing partnerships with All Saints Church, The Hanover Theater and the nearby Boys & Girls Club of Worcester.

On the Move Capital Investment Campaign:  Donors To Date

We are most grateful to the following foundations and individuals who are supporting the School’s move.  We continue at this time to accept gifts so that we may complete all of the goals associated with the move.

On the Move Capital Investment Campaign

December 2017 through March 2019

Virtuoso ($30,000 + )

The Arthur M. and Martha R. Pappas Foundation

Paul and Patti Verderese

Concerto Club ($15,000-$19,999)

The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation
Alison Snyder and Donald Allison

Rhapsody Circle ($10,000 to $14,999)

Antonelli Construction
Jane and Dennis Neslusan

Overture Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)

The Stoddard Charitable Trust
The Fletcher Foundation
Gail and John Lefferts, in Memory of Allan W. and Claire M. Bath

Sonatina Circle ($2,500 – $4,999)

David and Sherri Elkinson

Duet Circle ($1,000 – $2,499)

Roger Greene
Tom and Barbara Ingrassia
Gail Morgan & Bernie Lempicki

How We Got to On the Move

The Music for Life! Campaign, a three-year capacity building initiative, was designed to address specific strategic priorities.  Music For Life focused on:

  • Enhancing program delivery with geographic options, community outreach and local partnerships; while also …
  • Aligning improved resources and capabilities to better deliver on our core promise, positioning ourselves for greater sustainability

–all to benefit our students — today and tomorrow — and create greater community impact.

The Music for Life Campaign also reached deeper into the community through:

  • Extended outreach for at-risk children and families in Main South, Worcester;
  • Dynamic local partnerships and alliances; and
  • Increases in financial aid with a goal of responding to more students and families with financial need.

In addition, the School committed, as part of our Music for Life strategic agenda, to evaluate its space needs for the future.  It was the evaluation of space that propelled the School to seek a home that would address specific strategic needs, including the stability of a multi-year lease — something that had not been available at our Auburn location.  Now, as the final phase of our Music for Life strategic agenda, we are On the Move and ready for a new era.

How to Make An On The Move Gift

You can become On The Move capital investment campaign donor by making a one-time gift of $1000 or above; or a multi-year pledge totaling $1000 and above, through 2020.

To make a gift or for more information, contact Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director, at Sarah@pakmusic.org or by calling 508-791-8159 .

Pledge or Check

To make a pledge, please call or e-mail Sarah at sarah@pakmusic.org.  We can provide an On the Move Pledge Form for your convenience.

You can also give on-line.  When submitting your gift information, designate your gift as “On The Move”.

Online by Credit Card or PayPal

Go to Pakachoag Online Giving Page to give securely by credit card or PayPal through the nationally approved Network for Good.  Please designate your gift as “On The Move”.


The Network for Good site enables you to make a one-time donation or set up recurring donations if desired. At checkout you will be given the choice of having Network for Good deduct 5% of your donation as a service fee; OR you may choose to add 5% so the full 100 percent of your desired donation reaches Pakachoag.

For more information about the Network for Good, visit www.networkforgood.org.

Our Music for Life! Promise

At Pakachoag we make Music for Life.

We challenge students to

  • Stretch for high standards
  • Take risks
  • Recover from mistakes
  • Gain confidence to succeed

… In music and in life.