Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mohawk Ensembles Competing in NYC Music Festival

 The Mohawk High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will be traveling to New York City next week (April 24-27.) They will be participating in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival and Competition.


 Worldstrides Heritage Performance is renowned for their high quality festivals, which are held each year in major American cities (as well as some destinations in Europe). New York City is their most popular destination, and schools from all over the country will be coming to participate. Mohawk students will be competing with schools that have fewer than 500 students.

On the day of the festival, each of our groups will have warm-up and performance time. Performances will be assessed by professional adjudicators (faculty members of Universities and Conservatories of Music). Directly after the performance, groups will receive coaching from adjudicators on stage. Performances will also be recorded, and we will receive copies of the recording with adjudicators' comments.

Here are the itinerary highlights:  

Thursday, April 24 depart from Mohawk and travel via coach bus to New York City. Attend an afternoon performance of the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater, then dinner, followed by check in at the hotel.

The Riverside Church
Friday, April 25 is the music festival. After breakfast at the hotel, we will bus to the Riverside Church in Manhattan for the festival performances. The day will include hearing performances by other schools, performing ourselves, and receiving coaching on stage from the festival adjudicators. In the evening, we will go out to dinner in the Times Square area and then return to the hotel for an evening pool party.

Saturday, April 26 will be a day of sight-seeing and activities. In the morning we will attend a workshop on Broadway with professional actors and musicians. Following the workshop, there will be time for sight-seeing in Manhattan. In the evening we attend an Awards Ceremony at Riverside Church, followed by a Circle Line cruise around Manhattan with dinner and a semi-formal dance.
Circle Line Cruise

Sunday, April 27 check out of the hotel in the morning and return to Mohawk by late afternoon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Two Mohawk Students in PVS Youth Orchestra

Two of Mohawk's students will perform in the second concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra on Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. at Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton.

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra in rehearsal (screenshot from YouTube video)


The Mohawk students are freshman Kaylee Kelleher playing the flute, and freshman Sarah Powell playing the oboe.

The concert will be conducted by PVSYO director Jonathan Brennand who oversees the 38 young musicians. On the program: the overture to “Nabucco” by Verdi, an arrangement of a Dvorak Slavonic dance, two movements from Bizet’s “Les Arlisiennes", two movements arrangements from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”: the “Largo” and the “Finale.”

In an article in the Greenfield Recorder, Brennand said "any goal of education is to introduce students and young musicians to the major composers and the major works. And, for the PVS youth orchestra, it’s a younger orchestra, so we do a lot of arrangements and editions of major works that have been edited in a way that they are more playable by less-experienced musicians, but they are still great educational works because the students get to know the music of Dvorak, Mozart and Bach without having to play the full piece."

A Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra Rehearsal video is available on YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U832tg_ebs0

Saturday, April 5, 2014

MMA Meeting

Please join us in the school library on Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30 pm. We appreciate all the help folks give to our events and we would love to see you at our monthly meeting.

Agenda (in no particular order)

Review minutes from previous meeting
Treasurer's Report
Music Director's Report
Middle School Music Director's Report
Attire update
Flute workshop
MAEC monologues - concession table
Kids in Concert - May 1
NYC update
Thank you notes rec'd
Senior event - May 15th
Spring Concert - May 21st
Scholarships
T-shirts/sweatshirts