Meet our Faculty

One of the reasons our students say they love Pakachoag is because of the special connections they develop with their teachers.

Our faculty are all experts in their assigned area of instruction.  Many of our teachers are active performers, as well as caring teachers.  When working on student placement we will take time to understand your needs, and will work with you to find the best placement.

Whether you are the parent or caregiver for a child or teen, or an adult; a beginner or heading toward a conservatory degree, our team of over 30 faculty members will work with you to support your learning goals.

Piano, Pipe Organ, Keyboard,

Electric Piano, Accordion, Harp

Elizabeth (Becky) Noone, Piano

Sarah Okerlund, Keyboard Classes

Sam Politz, Jazz Piano

Debby Sedgwick, Piano (Worcester & W. Boylston)

Curtis Smith, Piano

Luis Torres, Piano (also Violin / Viola)


Deborah Cole, French Horn

Jung-Yi Alice Hsieh Daugherty, Flute / Fife / Piccolo

Scott Daugherty,Trumpet

Jared Field, Clarinet / Saxophone

William Ness, Pipe Organ

Sarah Harrison Smongeski, Flute / Recorder


Christon Carney, Voice (Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Folk)

Myoung Han, Voice (Pop, country, musical theater, classical, folk, opera, pop, R&B, blues, gospel, jazz, and soul).  Also available for combined piano/vocal instruction.

Silvia Irving, Voice (Musical Theater, Classical, Opera, Folk)

Brenda Lau, Songwriting / Voice.

Music Together

Julie Holston, Music Together (Auburn, W. Boylston, Sturbridge, Sterling, Worcester at Emanuel Lutheran)

Linnea Lyerly, Music Together (Auburn, Hanover Theater)


Strings: Orchestral

Marilyn Butler, Violin / Suzuki Violin (Worcester & W. Boylston)

Jeff Dostal, Upright Bass (String Bass)

Laurie Knorr, Violin / Suzuki Violin (Worcester & W. Boylston)

Amy Matherly, Violin / Suzuki Violin; Suzuki Program Coordinator (Worcester & W. Boylston)

Sheila Reid, Violin / Viola (Worcester & West Boylston)

David Siegel, Violin

Luis Torres, Violin / Viola / Piano

Strings: Guitar, Ukulele, Sitar, Harp

Jeff Dostal, Guitar, Bass Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Pop)

Susan Page Howland, Harp – lever harp; 8 week blocks of lessons available.  Pedal harp information available upon request.

Michael Stubblefield, Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Pop); Ukelele; Music Composition

Usha Verma, Sitar (Classical Indian)


Bellaloraine Carey-Hicks, Quinsigmond Theatrical Youth Company

Leadership Team

Faculty Emeriti

Faculty Emeriti

Here, we recognize faculty members who served for a decade or longer before retiring from Pakachoag.  They remain part of our Pakachoag family.

  • Jonathan Clark, Trumpet
  • Dr. Maxim Korn, Violin
  • Dr. Lea Lucia Lipner, Piano
  • Mary Anne Slack, Early Childhood / Music Together
Dr. Maxim Korn with former student Martin Palacios, now professional violinist with the Memphis Symphony.