Ensemble Opportunities

Pakachoag offers a few different ensemble and group music-making opportunities for both beginners and advancing students.  Some are in-house; some options are with larger partner organizations.

We’ve listed here current opportunities.  Please email info@pakmusic.org if you would like more information.

Chamber Ensembles / Trios / Quartets

Please email admin@pakmusic.org for more information.  We are sometimes scheduling ad hoc small groups based on student interest.

Other Ensemble Opportunities

Merit Brass

This is a scholarship based opportunity for students with an interest in lessons and/or playing in a small-sized brass ensemble. Details below.

Worcester Children's Chorus

Ensembles and Choirs for ages 7 through high school.


Fiddle groups often include school aged students and adults. Please email info@pakmusic.org for updates on current offerings.

Worcester Youth Orchestras

Ensembles for varying ages and multiple levels.

Boy/Girl Choirs of All Saints

For ages 7.5 through 17 Years.
Free. Students of all faith backgrounds/no faith background welcome.

Flute Choir Academy

Offered during the summer, for advanced beginners and intermediates. All ages, including adults.

Merit Brass

  • Applications will be accepted starting June prior to each school year.
  • Auditions begin August.
  • Up to three lesson and five ensemble Merit Scholarships will be awarded annually.

Students will be selected based on ability and musicianship.


Trumpet students interested in taking lessons at Pakachoag are invited to audition for a school-year Merit Brass Lesson Scholarship.  Students selected for the Merit Brass Lesson Scholarship program will also receive a full scholarship for the Merit Brass Ensemble.

Or, students opting into just the Ensemble, without lessons, will qualify for 50% Ensemble Merit Scholarship.

Scholarship amounts and pre-requisites are outlined below.

Trombone, French Horn, Low Brass

Trombone, French Horn and low brass students are encouraged to audition for the Merit Brass Ensemble.  If selected, you’ll receive a 50% merit scholarship off the regular ensemble tuition fee.

Scholarship amounts and pre-requisites are outlined below.

Lesson Scholarships

Qualifying students who complete a successful audition and wish to take trumpet lessons with Pakachoag Music School will receive either a…

  • 20% merit scholarship toward the 30 minute lesson rate – approximately $275 for the school year or
  • 30% merit scholarship toward the 45 minute lesson rate – approximately a savings of $525 for the school year

We encourage a minimum 45 minute lesson when possible.

Ensemble Scholarships

Qualifying students who do not take lessons at Pakachoag, but wish to participate in the Merit Brass Ensemble will receive a 50% discount off the school year ensemble tuition – a $277 scholarship for the school year.

Trumpet students accepted into the Merit Lesson Program will receive full tuition scholarship for the ensemble – an additional $554 scholarship for the school year.

Open Rate Ensemble Tuition is $185 per 8 week session.  Three sessions are scheduled during the school year, running September to June.

Pre-Requisites / How To Apply

  • The program is open to high school trumpet and other brass players by audition.
  • Students should be at a level comparable to qualification level for Central Districts, however you do not need to have been accepted into Central Districts in order to audition for this program.

Please contact the school for details. 

The application should be submitted with a non-refundable $40 audition fee.  For students accepted for the Merit Brass Program, the audition fee will be applied against the school year registration fee for students accepted for the program.


Students accepted with merit scholarships, for lessons and/or ensemble, are required to:

  • Commit to the full school year (September to June).
  • Be available for lessons as negotiated in advance.
  • Participate in a trumpet or brass ensemble which will meet 24 times (September to June), three 8 week sessions (on the same day as lesson day)
  • Be available to perform in a school performance program and an outreach concert (dates/times to be negotiated in advance).

Students will be expected to come prepared for the weekly lesson and ensemble rehearsals.  More than 4 absences during the course of the year; and/or more than 4 unprepared lessons, in the absence of special circumstances, may result in withdrawal of scholarship.