Flute Academy

Courtyard Flute Choir Academy

Everything Flute

Come have some fun as part of our summer Flute Choir Academy for advancing beginners and intermediate students who love to play the flute.

Courtyard Flute Academy includes lots of ensemble /flute choir playing.  Classes also include spotlight coaching/masterclasses.  We’ll touch on three themes during the course of the academy, applying our themes to ensemble repertoire as well as coaching.

Focus Flute Themes for this year’s academy are:

  1. Breathing
  2. Articulation
  3. Intelligent Practicing


Registration opens late March.  

  • Location:  The Courtyard and World Music Studio at 10 Irving Street in Worcester


Open.  Placement is according to level of playing.  Adult students welcome.

Not sure which group?  We’ll ask for some more information about your experience; if needed, we’ll ask for a 10/15 minute assessment (can be in-person or online).

Flutists play together

Summer Flute Academy

Group Times

Group 1 – Advanced Beginners:  4:00 to 4:50 pm

Group 2 – Intermediates:  5:00 to 6:30 pm


Twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Seven meetings:  

  • Thursday, June 29th; 
  • no classes week of July 4th; 
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 
  •  July 11 and 13
  • July 18 and 20
  • July 25 and 27

Concert Evening

July 27, 2023

6:00 to 7:00 pm

We’ll play ensemble music for families and guests.

In the Courtyard or in Vinton Hall, depending on weather.


  • Group 1 Tuition – $190
  • Group 2 Tuition – $295

Tuition is due at time of registration.  Tuition is non-refundable.

If you cannot afford the tuition, please email us at info@pakmusic.org to review payment options. 

We can also advise on whether you might qualify for financial aid.


Which Level?

Choose:  Advanced Beginners group 1 or Intermediates group 2.

Group 1 is available to flute players who are part of a small group, band or orchestra program and/or who study privately.  Usually 2 to 4 years of playing experience, depending on student.

Group 2 is primarily for those who take private lessons; grades 8 and up (adults welcome); Depending on age and reading ability, we will consider students (by screening) who do not currently take lessons.    Usually, students will be in grades 8 to 12 although younger and older students welcome, including adults, if you fit reading and technical guidelines.  


Pakachoag Flute teachers Sarah Smongeski and Alice Daugherty, an award winning flutist, are our teachers.

What to Expect

Group 1: We’ll arrange a short screening to make sure the Group 1 level is appropriate for you. (We want everyone to be successful if you join).

For everyone: We’ll provide a set of ensemble pieces (depending on your group assignment) to prepare in advance.

Early registration encouraged – and you’ll receive music a little sooner.

Student Spotlights will be part of each class.

Students can request to participate as a spotlight student when registering.

Spotlight Students will be asked to prepare one short piece (about a half page for Group 1; full page for Group 2) to play for the spotlight portion of a class.

Focus Flute Themes for this year’s academy are:

  1. Breathing
  2. Articulation
  3. Intelligent Practicing