Friday, September 19, 2014

Invitation to "Cantate" at Keene State College, Oct. 24

The Mohawk High School Concert Chorus and Music Director Scott Halligan pose on the campus of Keene State College prior to the 2013 Cantate Choral Festival

Hi everyone,

 I would like to invite you to join me and the High School Concert Chorus at the Cantate Choral Festival at Keene State College, on Friday, October 24. It would be delightful to have you with us! This is a fantastic event for our students, and I think you would be thrilled to experience it first hand.

Choirs from all over New England come to Keene State to participate in the festival, where they perform and receive on-stage coaching from college music faculty. The college choirs also perform, and the event ends with an "all sing" in which students from all participating schools perform together as a massive choir. It's a spectacular, inspiring event!

This is a great focal-point for my classroom instruction, both before and after the event. It's a very rich, authentic learning experience for our students.

Cantate is scheduled for 9am-1pm on Friday, October 24 at Keene State College. You are welcome to come with us on the bus, or you can drive separately if you need to come late or leave early (you will just need to pick up a visitor parking pass on campus). Once the performance schedule is set for the day, I can let you know what time our school will be performing.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this. I hope you will consider joining us!


Scott Halligan
(413) 625-9811 x1317

Read more about the 2013 Cantate! on the Keene State College website:
Cantate! Brings 250+ High School Singers to KSC
November 7, 2013 by Assistant Professor of Music, Sandra Howard

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Open House - Hear the Choirs Sing!

Open House 2013 - the High School Choir performs in the foyer in front of the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #905.
Come early to the Mohawk Open House tonight to hear the Middle School and High School Choirs perform in the foyer from 6:15 - 6:45 pm. These groups are off to a very good start this year – and the acoustics in the foyer will take your breath away! Later that evening, please stop by the music room to say hello to Mr. Halligan!

The Mohawk Music Association will have a table of information available in the hallway by the library. Please stop by to chat with an MMA member or a High School Music student. Sign up to help with our two big fundraisers - Pie Sale at the Booster Day football game and Baked Potato Sale at the Ashfield Fall Festival.

This is also your first opportunity to buy our new "I Support the Arts" tote bags. Load up your stuff and go!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's September 14, 2014 Newsletter:

From Mr. Halligan
This fall we have a lot happening in the music department! Next week the Band and Chorus will host their first GUEST NIGHT. The following night, our Chorus will be performing at Open House. We have a Car Wash Fundraiser planned during Booster Week, as well as a series of performances on Booster Day.  Initial payments will be due soon for our November trip to New York City to see Aladdin on Broadway, as well as for the competition trip to Williamsburg, Virginia over April Vacation for high school band and chorus members. Also, the MMA has two major fundraisers planned and could use parent volunteers.

High School Music Calendar
Check out the High School Music Events Calendar on the MMA website:

GUEST NIGHT – September 17, 5:00-7:00 pm
I would like to invite all Mohawk High School students to GUEST NIGHT on Wednesday evening, September 17, in the music room from 5-7pm. We have a good thing going on in the music department - too good to keep to ourselves! Students: Come to GUEST NIGHT and experience first-hand what it's like to make music in our Band and Chorus. Join our Band as they play "Party Rock Anthem" and see how they get ready for the Booster Day Parade! Sing your heart out with our Chorus as they sing African songs, Gospel music, and "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons! This will be a good time. And there will be snacks. Wednesday, 5-7pm in the Music Room. No experience is necessary, and the more the merrier!

Choirs Perform at Open House – September 18, 6:15-6:45pm
Come early to Open House next Thursday to hear the Middle School and High School Choirs perform in the foyer. These groups are off to a very good start this year – and the acoustics in the foyer will take your breath away! Later that evening, please stop by the music room to say hello!

Aladdin – Payments due September 23
Students in the Middle School and High School Music program are eligible to participate in a special trip to New York City on November 5 to see “Aladdin” on Broadway. The total cost of the trip is $105. We have 85 tickets reserved and they are available while they last on a first come first served basis. For those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, $60 is due by September 23. The remaining $45 will be due by October 10. Late payments cannot be accepted.
For more information and for a permission slip, see Gina Glover’s class pages:

Car Wash – Oct. 1, 12:50-4:30pm
Need a Car Wash? Come to our second annual Car Wash Fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 1! From 12:50-4:30pm, Mohawk High School Music Students will be washing cars and trucks, making music, and accepting donations to support the Music Department!  Interested in participating in this event as a chaperon? Email Mr. Halligan!

Booster Day Performances – October 3
Keep an eye out for Mohawk Music ensembles on Booster Day! The Booster Day Pep Rally will feature a special surprise by the Select Chorus, and the Booster Day Parade will feature our Mohawk Warriors Marching Band!

MMA Fundraisers – Booster Day Pie Sale! Potato Booth at Fall Festival! Tote Bags!
The Mohawk Music Association will be running their annual Pie Sale at the Booster Day Game on Friday, October 3 at Mohawk. Then, over Columbus Day weekend, MMA will have their famous Baked Potato booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival. These are very important fundraisers for the music program, so please get involved! Info on volunteering is here:

To donate a pie to the pie sale, please contact Cathy Purington:
To get involved with the potato booth, email:

(Not available to volunteer? Bring your friends and family and enjoy some pie on Booster Day! Or wrap your hands around a warm baked potato, with the toppings of your choice, at the Ashfield Fall Festival! You’ll be glad that you did.)

Also, the MMA has new Tote Bags for sale! They will be available at Open House and at the First Congregational Book Sale during Ashfield Fall Festival. You can also get them in Sanderson Academy’s Local Goods catalogue. Very practical, and they make great gifts! You can see what they look like on the MMA website:

Select Chorus at Fall Festival – October 12, 11:30-noon
Our Select Chorus will be performing once again at the Ashfield Fall Festival this year! Come to check out their latest work (and stop by the Baked Potato Booth)! They have a prime time mid-day time slot; Main Street and the town common are sure to be packed! Be sure to get there early to park!

Williamsburg, VA – $50 Deposit due October 17
High School Band and Chorus members planning to participate in the annual competition trip will need to make a deposit of $50 by October 17. We will be travelling to Williamsburg, Virginia over April Vacation to compete in the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, visit historical sites, attend concerts by the Virginia International Tattoo, and spend a day celebrating at Busch Gardens amusement park! Parents are eligible to chaperon, too!

More information about the deposit and the payment schedule is here:
More info on the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival is here:

From Ms. Glover:
Our middle school chorus will be performing at Open House this Thursday, September 18th between 6:15 and 6:30. Students should arrive at 5:30 for a brief rehearsal. There is no required uniform, however students are asked to wear nice clothes.

Mr. Halligan is having a band Guest Night this Wednesday, September 17th, at 5:00 and has invited any 8th grade band student! If you are interested and would like more information, please see Ms. Glover or Mr. Halligan!

 The Arts at Mohawk

Knighthorse Theater Company is coming to Mohawk!  Tyrus and Amy Lemerande make up Knighthorse and travel the world bringing Shakespeare alive to students and adults alike. Their mission is simple..."to make Shakespeare cool again".  On Friday September 19, 2014, Knighthorse will be doing an all day workshop with the cast and crew of the upcoming  A Midsummer Night's Dream (look for it in early December).  An evening performance of "Shakespeare On Demand" will follow at 7:00PM.  Don't miss this energetic and passionate pair perform your choice of classic speeches from 38 plays.  They will dazzle.  Suggested donations are $10-20 adults/$5 students. Proceeds to benefit the drama Department and Mohawk Arts Education Council.