Thank you for your interest in creating change and impact through music with Pakachoag.
As Executive Director, with a team of committed faculty, board members, education and music enthusiasts alongside me, I am both excited and humbled to be leading Pakachoag Music School as we enter 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
To learn more about the upcoming 40th Anniversary Gala please visit our event page at PakMusic.org/40
The Gala is of course just one moment in time. 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.
If you are a current donor or grantor, thank you. You have made Pakachoag Music School a lasting reality.
If you are new to Pakachoag, we invite you to get to know us. Come to the gala, email me at Sarah@pakmusic.org, or call me at 508-791-8159 x 103.
If you are looking to impact an individual student or contribute to a stronger Pakachoag and Greater Worcester community through music, we have several ways you can do that.
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
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 learning program.Individual Giving
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
40th Anniversary Campaign
The 40th Anniversary Gala & Campaign offers opportunities for sponsorship, table and ticket purchases. 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.
Gala: Saturday, September 17th. Tuckerman Hall.
The 40th campaign continues through FY2023.
Ongoing sponsorships are available for student recitals, workshops,and special faculty events. We can also help you set up your own fundraising page for Pakachoag with the latest donor software which links to social media.
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.