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Rallying Together for The GRAND Campaign

Our 40th anniversary dream is centered on acquiring a Steinway Grand Piano.  Can you help us pull it all together by buying…

  • a white key:  $25 for each of 52 keys
  • a black key:  $50 for each of 36 keys
  • a pedal:  $100 for each of 3 pedals
  • a piano leg?  $150 for each of 3 legs
  • The Lid!  $500 for one piano lid

For students and families, alumni too, let’s see if we can buy a piano with all the 88 keys, pedals, legs and lid in tact!  (A two legged piano? oh no!)

All of this means 95 opportunities to participate!

Our generous lead donors have ensured that all of the inner working are in place, from the critical sound board to strings and hammers.  We also will be investing in drapes for windows (accoustical improvement as well as for comfort), curtain rods for the windows, a custom built piano case (to contain humidity and temperature), and a Damp Chaser grand piano humidifier system.

Now it’s our turn to pull together the finishing touches.  Watch for more information coming soon on how to participate.

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Why the GRAND Campaign

A good piano is the hub of music-making for every musician, student to professional. Our dream is for every child and teen of Greater Worcester to play (or be accompanied by) this world class instrument, raising the bar for teaching and learning at Pakachoag.

Funds raised will support the purchase of a Steinway (or similar) performance grand piano. The campaign also includes investment funds for annual instrument maintenance (humidity/heat control, tunings and repairs); also facilities costs and enhancements connected with performances and teaching activities.

The Goal:  $240,000    As of December 1, 2022:  $182,000 raised

Join us for Music Together classes

  • Six Locations
  • Ages birth to five.

We also offer Rhythm Kids for ages K-2.

Here are quick links for more information:

About Music Together at Pakachoag

School Year Schedules, including online options for Winter 2023

Tuition Information

Locations

Rhythm Kids:  About, Schedule, Tuition, Register

While COVID-19 is present, the School observes a set of Health & Safety Protocols to ensure that in-person and indoor classes are as safe as possible.


Annual Report  – 40th Anniversary Special Edition.  2021-2022

As non-profits oriented around community missions, we all talk about how we change lives as part of mission.

In the case of Pakachoag Music School, how we change lives looks (and sounds) a little different.  As teaching artists and early childhood music specialists, with the support of our donors and grantors, we know that music creates life-lasting change.  No matter the age – from birth into retirement; no matter one’s background, we know that the impact of music on social/emotional development and learning lasts for life.

Thank you for your interest in our work.  We know:  #MusicMatters  #MusicForLife  #MusicHeals

ANNUAL REPORT 2021-2022

The Vo siblings play at the 40th Anniversary Gala

The Vo Siblings – Ethan, Evan and Evelyn – played their latest piece at the 40th Anniversary Gala at Tuckerman Hall.

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Thank you for your interest in supporting high quality music teaching and learning for persons of every age and cultural background with Pakachoag.

Give Online Here

As Executive Director, with a team of 30 committed faculty, board members, education and music enthusiasts alongside me, I am both excited and humbled to be leading Pakachoag Music School as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Year.

Every student who comes to Pakachoag, whatever their age, has a story.  For many students, this is their dream.  For some, learning to play an instrument would never otherwise be possible.

Chris, a recorder student this past year, writes:

This is my first year studying the recorder.  I really like the recorder, whether I’m playing for my grandparents, or just goofin’ about.  I hope to be an architect when I grow up, but I also want to play the clarinet, that’s why I am doing the recorder.  I also like maths.  Thank you for your support [of my lessons].  Chris.

As teachers, we know that playing an instrument brings fulfillment, contributes to self development and supports academic success.  Every gift opens a door that begins with music but which also provides a unique experience that continues with each student through life.

Thank you for visiting us on the web!  Below are ways that you can make a difference in the life of a child or teen.

Sincerely, Sarah Smongeski, Executive Director


Ways to Participate

All that the School has been and has become, combined with the thousands of students served along the way, has been and is only possible thanks to the on-going generosity of donors and grantors.  While tuition is a large portion of our annual budget, tuition alone is never enough to keep the wheels turning and the music playing.

The Annual Harmony Fund

We accept donations to the Annual Harmony Fund throughout the year.  Gifts of all sizes are welcome.  You can learn more, print a form, or make a gift online here:

Individual Giving

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Music Matters!

A gift of $100 to $10,000 to the Music Matters Program brings music instruction to students in need.  This includes fully free after-school, off-site small group music classes, as well as financial aid for traditional programs and the all-new Quinsigamond Youth Theatrical Company starting Fall 2022.   Your gift supports every student in experiencing music success, as we work to inspire on-going music learning for enjoyment and life-long health and well-being.

To make a gift, please visit the Individual Giving page here.  You can designate on the printable form or online that you would like your gift to support Pakachoag’s Music Matters out-of-school/after-school learning program.

Individual Giving

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Sponsor a Student

With a gift of $500 to $1500, you can Sponsor-A-Student.  Gifts allow a child or teen of low-income to experience the thrill of becoming a musician.  Each student receives up to 40 weeks annually of one-on-one instruction, accompanied by at-home practice, under the tutelage of one of the School’s 30 teaching artists.

To learn more or to sponsor a student, click here.

Sponsor a Student

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40th Anniversary GRAND Campaign

The 40th Anniversary Gala & Campaign continues!  Following the September 2022 Gala, we have raised $180,000 toward our $240,000 goal.  A gift to the campaign positions the school for long-term sustainability, AND you’ll be helping us make the dream of a Steinway performance piano and endowment a reality.

The 40th campaign continues through FY2023.

Please email Sarah@pakmusic.org for more information about the 40th Anniversary Campaign.

Endowment, Planned Giving (Wills, Trusts, Estates)

We welcome larger gifts as part of a will or your own “planned giving”.  We can provide more information upon request. Please email Sarah@pakmusic.org.

 

Pakachoag Music School is pleased to announce that student violinist Seth Boudreau of Douglas has been selected for the 2022 Reinburg Award for Effort, Commitment and Attitude.

About Seth Boudreau of Douglas

Seth Boudreau PKR 2022 RecipientSeth Boudreau, from Douglas, is a high school senior at Saint Paul Diocesan High School.  Seth began his musical journey with Pakachoag in 2008 at the age of 3, participating in the School’s early childhood Music Together program.  At age 5, he enrolled in the School’s Suzuki Program as a violin student, and has been an active member of Pakachoag’s fiddle group the last 10 years.

Seth excelled during his music studies.  In addition to being the strings section leader for his high school orchestra, he has participated at First Night Worcester venues, Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village, and has regularly performed at his school’s masses and theatrical productions.  Seth has and continues to present music at St. Joseph Basilica masses and concerts in Webster, MA.

Seth’s private violin teacher, Pakachoag faculty member Amy Matherly, who also serves as the School’s Suzuki Coordinator, writes:  “Seth loves music, works hard at his instrument, shows leadership as a member of several ensembles, and generously shares his talents with others.  I am very pleased that his dedication and efforts are being recognized with this award.”

Seth entered Worcester State University this fall pursuing a major in computer science and a minor in music.


About the Peggy Kelley Reinburg Award

The Peggy Kelley Reinburg Award for Effort, Commitment and Attitude, named after the School’s second director who strove to instill an appreciation for excellence among all School students, is awarded annually, each spring.

Prior recipients of the PKR award, which dates back to 1992, include students who have gone on to excel in the sciences, law enforcement, engineering, aviation, education (both k-12 and higher education), social work and professional careers in music performance, music education, and musical theater.