Who We Are:

NEMPAC is the North End of Boston’s key resource for arts proramming. A group of North End mothers founded NEMPAC in 2001 in an effort to create musical programming for their children. In 2004, the Robert White Foundation donated to NEMPAC their city-operated space located off the Prado (The Paul Revere Mall) In the North End. This space, consisting of 4 private music studios, a storage basement and an office, is where NEMPAC began to flourish. Today, we are serving over 700 students a week through our education programs and partnerships with the Elliot BPS Innovation School and the St. John Catholic School. Our concerts are making the North End of Boston a destination for arts and culture. As we continue to grow as a Performing Arts Center, we continue to ensure we are engaging our audiences with creative, quality, and innovative programming.

Our Mission

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) enriches Boston’s North End Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods through the inspirational power of the arts.  NEMPAC fosters creativity and elevates social culture in our community through quality programming and education accessible to all.

What We Offer:

  • 10-week long courses (3-4 sessions per year) in music, early childhood education, Adult Workshops and yoga.
  • Private & Group Music instruction in a variety of instrumental focuses (voice, piano, guitar, strings, brass, percussion, woodwinds, music theory)
  • Children’s Music Theatre Program: A production based program with a focus on music, dance, and acting
  • Community Outreach Programs to foster neighborhood participation in the arts: Our partnerships include: Eliot Innovation School, St. John School, Good Shepherd School, North End Library, Nazzaro Community Center
  • A series of Professional Concerts featuring our talented instructors and professional musicians.
  • Annual Student Music Recitals and Special Performance Events
  • Our annual Opera Project at the “Great Hall”, Faneuil Hall

NEMPAC, has assembled a wonderful collection in many disciplines across music, art, and performance. We offer classes to appeal to many tastes and needs. Whether you are from the North End, work in or around downtown, we offer a relaxing atmosphere for expression and development.”- Sherri Snow, NEMPAC Executive Director

Our Location:
Thanks to the George Robert White Fund we operate out of a building located of the Prado, or the Paul Revere Mall. Cross streets are Hanover Street and Clark Street (across from St. Stephen’s Church). We also use multiple neighborhood rehearsal spaces, mainly the Boston Harbor Community Church rehearsal space, and Lincoln Wharf’s Community Room for Early Childhood Classes.

NEMPAC headquarters are on the Paul Revere Mall, between Hanover St. and Unity St. near Old North Church. We are close to the Haymarket and North Station stops on the Orange and Green lines.

Organization: NEMPAC is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Day to day operations are performed by an Executive Director, a Private Music Instruction Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant. Courses and private music instruction are delivered by contractors.

Census: As of October 2015, we see an average of 920 students a week in arts related programming, 128 of which are private or private group music instruction students.


  • Scholarship Funding: To attract the highest-caliber instructors coming out of master’s degree programs at The New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, The Longy School, etc., we compensate our private music instructors at market rates. Many families in our neighborhood struggle to pay for private music lessons at market rates, and each year we offer as many scholarships as we possibly can. We also offer scholarships to individuals seeking to participate in NEMPAC courses.
  • Fixtures and Equipment : NEMPAC anticipates a City-funded, City-managed expansion and renovation to its headquarters building in 2007. This project will increase the number of lessons and classes we can run in our headquarters building, but it will also generate a need for new teaching supplies and classroom fixtures.
  • Community Theater Program: In 2009, NEMPAC’s Act I Players will produce their fifth full-scale theatrical production. This is an exciting program that brings adults and teenagers from different families together in cast and crew. Neighborhood attendance at the plays is very high, and we keep the ticket price low in order to assure this. Everyone gets in on the act, from moms who help with costuming and cast meals, to the elderly who queue up for seats and laugh in all the right places. Sponsors are needed to keep this program going.
  • NEMPAC gratefully accepts donations to its general fund, and restricted gifts to its scholarship fund, building fund, and community theater program.


President: Dianne Royle
Executive Director: Sherri Snow
Private Music Instruction Coordinator: Rebecca Rapoport-Cole
Administrative Assistant: Sarah Kouhaila

Scholarships: Contact us for information about financial assistance.

501(c)(3) Status: NEMPAC is classified as a public charity under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. All contributions to NEMPAC are acknowledged in writing. Our Tax ID is 04-3545228.


NEMPAC programming supported by BCC