Thursday, December 27, 2012

Joint Meeting with the MTRSD Education Subcommittee

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm in the Superintendent's Conference Room.

This will be a joint meeting with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Education Subcommittee.

The Education Subcommittee's meeting posting, including the agenda, may be downloaded here: mohawkschools.org/docs/committees/postings/Education%20Subcommittee%20Meeting%201-8-2013.pdf

Friday, December 7, 2012

"It’s a great improvisation”

Today's Recorder newspaper features a front page article about Mohawk's new Music Director, Scott Halligan, titled New stage for music and drama at Mohawk. The article discusses Mr. Halligan's music background, current projects, and goals for his students and the music department.

Mr. Halligan's smiling face is on the front page of today's Recorder. This screenshot is from the photo by Paul Franz/Recorder.
Mr. Halligan earned a Master's degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His primary instrument is the cello, but he also plays 20 other instruments.

Besides rehearsing his ensembles for the December 11 Winter Concert, Mr. Halligan is also working on the upcoming production of The Hobbit with Drama Director Jonathan Diamond.

The article closes with a quote from Mr. Halligan about one of his goals for his students:
“I want them to have realworld skills as musicians . . . . Just to live your life is a great creative endeavor. It’s a great improvisation,” he said

The article may be read on The Recorder's website. Or pick up a copy at your nearest newsstand.



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bakers needed for Mohawk Winter Concert on Tuesday 12/11

It's winter concert time!

The middle and high school music bands and choruses will be entertaining us once again on Tuesday December 11 at 6:30 p.m. And that means that the Mohawk Music Association will be selling refreshments during the concert's intermission to raise funds for the music programs.

We need donations of baked goods (or bought goods) in order to have refreshments to sell.

Please note the following specifics:
  • Items must be individually wrapped
  • Items will sell for $1.00 each
  • Items containing nuts should be marked as such

Can you help out by providing something? Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, slices of banana bread or other quick breads, muffins, individual bags of crackers or chips, juice boxes. . . all sorts of snacks are popular.

We'll be setting up in the foyer at about 5:45 p.m. and goods can be dropped off when you arrive.

Thanks very much for any help you can give.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the school library.

This will be a brief informal meeting because the Music Department's Winter Concert begins at 6:30 on the same evening.

Agenda
  • discussion of the joint meeting of the MMA and the Mohawk School Committee Education Subcommittee in January
  • discussion of the establishment of the Francis Rollo Kinsman Music and Theater Scholarship fund and our role in it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shaping Taste in Music

There is an article on the BBC website about a parent's role in influencing the music their children will like.
Can you shape your children's taste in music?

"Many parents can't help but try to shape their children's taste in music. But is it an effort doomed to failure, or worse, will it make children hate the music their parents love, and love the music their parents hate?" 
The article concludes
"Whatever parents do or don't do to shape their children's taste, they seem to find what they like. Perhaps all that parents need to do is to open the doors for children, introduce them, in cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's phrase, "to some of the greatest achievements of mankind" and let them explore at their leisure."

""There are no mistakes, they will find their own taste anyway," says Lloyd Webber."

Read the article here:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20324299

Music News

Mohawk Music Department and music related news, excerpted from Principal Lynn Dole's November 18, 2012 newsletter.

1.        Upcoming Events
  Friday, November 30
Mohawk Folk Rock Music and Dancing!

Join us for a rousing evening of music and dance on Friday, November 30th at the Mohawk cafeteria:  6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm performance, and 8:00 pm open dance.  Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem will again be playing live for a performance of new dances, many of them to songs from their new album, "One Bright Morning."  Dancers of all ages will present a performance in the Mohawk cafeteria ,which will be transformed into a vibrant arts venue with in-the-round seating and plenty of space for all to join in the dancing for the second half of the evening.  Join us for a pre-performance reception with food and acoustic music.  This event was a great hit last year for the whole community.

Tuesday, December 11
Annual Winter Concert at 6:30 pm in the auditorium

A blend of holiday favorites, pop music, and jazz will be performed by our High School Chorus, Select Chorus, Concert Band, String Orchestra, and Middle School Band and Chorus. Join us for an evening of great music!

4.        Music News
Our vocal ensembles are performing in our community
Members of the High School Chorus and Select Chorus performed on Saturday, November 17, at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls. They shared a concert program with Hilltown Harmony, a new community vocal ensemble directed by Mohawk Alumna Shelley Roberts.
Mark your calendars for the annual Winter Concert: December 11, 6:30pm in the auditorium! A blend of holiday favorites, pop music, and jazz will be performed by our High School Chorus, Select Chorus, Concert Band, String Orchestra, and Middle School Band and Chorus. Join us for an evening of great music!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Select Chorus Performing at Trinity Church on November 17

Mohawk's Select Chorus will perform at the Hilltown Harmony Concert at the Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.


The main billing for the concert goes to the Hilltown Harmony Chorus, directed by Mohawk alumna Shelley Roberts.

The following information is from the Shelburne Senior Center November-December 2012 Senior Wise Newsletter (download a pdf copy of the Newsletter:  www.townofshelburne.com/downloads/senior_center/newsltr/2012-11-12newsltr.pdf)

Hilltown Harmony Concert 

Our new multigenerational community chorus under the direction of Shelley Roberts has been rehearsing and will perform a concert for the public on Saturday, November 17 at Trinity Church. Music will begin at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the concert. All are invited to attend.

With over thirty members, the chorus is giving voice to our community. They are giving back to the community through music and service. The group is providing the meal for the community supper held at Trinity Church on November 2. When asked to consider what being part of a community chorus meant to them, each member chose one word that defined how they felt and has been photographed with that word. Come see their selected words and photos on display at the concert.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the school library.

Agenda
  • Secretary and Treasurer reports 
  • Music Director reports (high school and middle school)
  • Jonathon Diamond and the drama program 
  • Communication 
  • Upcoming Winter Concert

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Winter Concert: December 11, 6:30pm

The Mohawk Music Department Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30pm in the auditorium.

This concert will include High School Chorus, Select Chorus, Concert Band, String Orchestra, and Middle School Chorus and Concert Band.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Music News

Mohawk Music Department and music related news, excerpted from Principal Lynn Dole's November 4, 2012 newsletter.
4.  Music News

Music Director Scott Halligan reports that the Select Chorus had a great experience at the Cantate! High School Choral Festival at Keene State College on October 26! Our students performed for a packed auditorium and had the honor of being coached by a member of the KSC music faculty. Students also heard some amazing performances by groups from around New England, and benefited from the coaching that was given to each group. Senior Kaitlin Grant writes, "The festival was fun and informative. I learned a lot both from listening to other ensembles perform and be critiqued, and by being critiqued ourselves." The Festival ended with performances by KSC's superb vocal ensembles, a rousing all-sing with hundreds of voices joined together, and a campus tour given by a Mohawk alumnus. It was a memorable day, and we look forward to returning next year!


You are invited to join the Mohawk Music Association
The Mohawk Music Association meets the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the school library. Meetings end at approximately 6:30 p.m. Meeting dates: November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11. More information is available at www.mohawkmusicassociation.org
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The planned Middle School Chorus trip to perform at the Springfield Falcons Hockey game on November 9 has been rescheduled to the spring
Middle school music teacher Gina Glover will be in contact with students and families about rescheduling this activity.  The November 9 trip has been cancelled. [Rescheduled to Friday, March 1, 2013.]

5.  Drama News

This is reminder that auditions/casting workshops for the spring production will take place after school November 13 - 15 in the auditorium (2:30 - 4:30 or 5PM on Tuesday and Thursday and 5:00 - 7PM on Wednesday). There will be one evening meeting (Wed.) for students still involved in sports. Students can attend one, two or all three workshops. Wear loose comfortable clothing and sneakers or other comfortable footwear. Regardless of which days you attend COME ON TIME. There will be sign-up sheets in the main office and the music room. NOTE: You do not have to sign up ahead of time to participate. But having a sense of our numbers will help us figure out our staffing needs and better plan for refreshments!
Performance dates are March 9, 10 and 11, 2013.
More details can be found on the Drama Program class pages:
http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?board=524.0.

The Drama Program class pages is the primary ways Drama Coordinator Jonathan Diamond will be communicating with participants in the program and the cast and crew. So please take the time to familiarize yourself with them. In addition to posting theater related announcements (cancellations, rehearsal schedules, etc.), the Drama Program Class Pages provide answers to many commonly asked questions about the play.

The pages also include information on the program in general, including an overview of this year's season and a roundup of successful events students have participated in thus far. And they're open to suggestions! Mr. Diamond writes, "Please tell us if there are any other topics or queries you would like to see addressed in these pages." If you have any additional questions about the play, the schedule or ways students and families can get involved in the drama program you can email Mr. Diamond at jdiamond@mohawkschools.org.
14.  Mohawk Folk Rock returns on Friday, November 30

Join us for a rousing evening of music and dance on Friday, November 30th at the Mohawk cafeteria:   6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm performance, and 8:00 pm open dance.  Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem will again be playing live for a performance of new dances, many of them to songs from their new album, "One Bright Morning."  Dancers of all ages will present a performance in the Mohawk cafeteria which will be transformed into a vibrant arts venue with in-the-round seating and plenty of space for all to join in the dancing for the second half of the evening.  Join us for a pre-performance reception with food and acoustic music.   Last year’s event was a great success, inspiring these comments:

" ... A wonderful ‘feel good’ event.  People in the community are buzzing about it." -- Parent

"MAGICAL."  -- Teacher

"At the top of my list for things I did in 2011." -- Audience member

"I'm still feeling the joy of it all!" -- Dancer

"An amazing fundraiser." -- Mohawk Arts and Education Council (MAEC) member

"A FABULOUS community event." -- Teacher

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Music Department News

Mohawk Music Department news, excerpted from Principal Lynn Dole's October 21, 2012 newsletter.
4.  Music News

Mohawk’s Select Chorus will participate in the High School Choral Festival in Keene

The Mohawk High School Select Chorus will have the honor of participating in the Cantate High School Choral Festival at Keene State College on Friday, October 26. The chorus will present selections of their repertoire, receive feedback from Keene State Music Department faculty, hear performances by other high schools and KSC vocal ensembles, and participate in an all-sing with high school and college choral students. Music Director Scott Halligan reports, “This promises to be a fantastic event, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to participate.”

You are invited to join the Mohawk Music Association
The Mohawk Music Association meets the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the school library. Meetings end at approximately 6:30 p.m. Meeting dates: November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11. More information is available at www.mohawkmusicassociation.org


The planned Middle School Chorus trip to perform at the Springfield Falcons Hockey game on November 9 has been cancelled
Middle school music teacher Gina Glover will be in contact with students and families about potentially rescheduling this activity.  The November 9 trip has been cancelled. 
And some related news from the Drama Club:
5.  Drama News

Mohawk collaborates with Double Edge Theatre

On Sunday October 14, Mohawk faculty Principal Lynn Dole, Assistant Principal Joey Kotright-Clark, Scott Halligan (Music Director), Julia White (HS history teacher), Rachel Silverman (Art Teacher, Heath/BSE), Jonathan Diamond (Drama Coordinator) and new Academy at Charlemont Head of School Mark Efinger attended an Open Training with the talented staff at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. As Drama Coordinator Jonathan Diamond reports, “It was a wonderful experience, that affirmed our belief in the powers of the human spirit and Advil!”  The following Wednesday (October 17) Double Edge Theatre core ensemble member Hannah Jarrell and Double Edge interns Megan and Sara led a joint training for students in the middle and high school at Mohawk. We trained outdoors on spools and the aerial fabric hanging from the outdoor trapeze apparatus next to the Field Hockey playing field and worked on compositions (scene work) on the stage in the auditorium. Fifth and sixth grade students from Heath drama joined us for this exciting event.

This week’s guest artist at the Drama Club
This coming Wednesday (October 24) Mohawk Drama Club will host Chrysalis Theatre Music Director Pan Morigan. Pan is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. She recorded her album "Castles of Gold, Songs and Stories of Irish Immigration" with Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Angela's Ashes, and has toured with Bobby McFerrin and his Voicestra. Pan will lead a workshop on voice training for actors. All are welcome. Mohawk Drama Club meets every Wednesday from 2:30 – 5:00 pm in the auditorium.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pie Sale at the Booster Day Game


The Mohawk Music Association's delicious pies and pie slices will be for sale at Mohawk's Booster Day football game. Visit our white tent on Saturday, October 13, 2012, starting at noon at Pollard Field at the school.

Our tent is located just inside the entrance gate, across from the Kiwanis building.

  • $2.50 per slice (6 slices per pie)
  • $10-$12 per pie (depending on size)

Pie bakers:  please drop off the pies at our tent by the start of game (noon) or as early as 10:30 a.m. if you need to.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the school library.

Agenda (tentative)
  • Secretary and Treasurer reports 
  • Music Director reports (high school and middle school)
  • Pie Sale at Booster Day football game

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Potato Bakers and Booth Workers Needed

Hi music parents,

We still need parents to BAKE POTATOES (we supply the potatoes, foil, and instructions) and/or to work in our tent SELLING POTATOES at the Ashfield Fall Festival on 10/6 and 10/7. Join the fun and meet other music parents.


BAKERS: We still need bakers to sign up for the following time slots (to deliver their piping hot potatoes to the Festival):
Saturday, 10/6: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
Sunday, 10/7: 12 pm, 2 pm

 --->> We are handing out the potatoes next Tuesday, 10/2, at Mohawk at 6 pm. 


WORKERS: Help!! We need moms and dads to help in the tent at the fair. Nobody signed up to work on Saturday. Can you work one of the following shifts? 9:45-1, 11-2, or 2-5. On Sunday, we need several people for the 11-2 shift and a few people for 2-5 shift.


 Thanks for any help you can offer. We depend on parents to pull off this biggest MMA fund-raiser of the year.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Open House, Baked Potato, and Pie (Oh My!)

The Mohawk Music Association will be at the Mohawk Open House on Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Look for our table in the hall outside the gym and stop by to chat, pick up a flyer, and give us your email address so we can keep you up-to-date on our activities throughout the school year.

We'll be recruiting volunteers to help with two Fall fundraisers  -  Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival and Pie Sale at the Booster Day football game. These are important because we raise much of the money we use to support and enrich the music program for our students here at Mohawk and to fund the scholarships we award to Mohawk's graduating seniors. Please sign up to help. If you can't make it to the Open House you may also volunteer by contacting Suzanne.


Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival
(Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7)

This is usually our largest fundraiser of the year and it takes a well-coordinated team effort to make it work.  We need people to bake potatoes and deliver them to our booth on Main Street in Ashfield and people to work in the booth.


Pie Sale at the Booster Day football game
Mohawk Warriors vs Greenfield Green Wave
Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm

We sell pies from our tent near the Shelburne Falls Kiwanis Club Concession Building beside the Mohawk football field. We're looking for people to bake pies and deliver them to us at the tent. We'll also need help at the tent selling pies.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Music Department News

Mohawk Music Department news, excerpted from Principal Lynn Dole's September 9, 2012 newsletter.

1.   Many new staff join Mohawk faculty

Scott Halligan is our new Music Director.  He teaches music courses for high school and middle school students, including: Select Chorus, Beginning Strings, Band, and Guitar.  For more information about activities associated with music, please see the section on Music News.
Jonathan Diamond joins our faculty as Drama Coordinator.  Please see the section about Afterschool Programming for additional information about the afterschool drama program he is launching in early October.

2.   Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 11: Mohawk Music Association meeting at 5:00 pm in the school library.

4.   Music News

Our music teachers Scott Halligan and Gina Glover are expanding opportunities for students to develop their skills and interest in music.  Mr. Halligan has introduced a Beginning Strings course this fall, as well as a middle school music Related Arts offering.

Evening Band and Chorus:
Evening Band and Chorus will be held every Tuesday in the Music Room. This is a great opportunity for high school students to participate in music even when they can't fit it into their daytime class schedule. Evening Band will be from 5:30-6:15, and evening chorus will be from 6:15-7:00. Students can receive 1 course credit for participating.  Please call Mr. Halligan with any questions at 625-9811 x1317 or you can reach him by email at shalligan@mohawkschools.org.

Mohawk Music Association:
The Mohawk Music Association’s September meeting is on Tuesday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m. in the school library. We welcome your participation! It’s looking to be a very exciting year in Mohawk music programs, and you can help us make it even better for your student.

The MMA is a nonprofit service organization that supports the music programs at Mohawk. The MMA is made up of parents, community members, and other music friends working throughout the year to raise funds to help the music department and to provide scholarships to graduating music students, assist the music department in its activities, and encourage youth and adult interest in music.

The MMA depends on volunteer help and always welcomes the involvement of new families and community members. Come and check it out! No strings attached.

We hope to see you on September 11 or at other monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Donations to the MMA are tax deductible.

For more information about the Mohawk Music Association, please visit their website at:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/.  This is a wonderful way for parents to get involved with our school and our music program.

5.  Afterschool Programming

We are excited to be expanding afterschool programming in the arts.  Three offerings this fall include:

Drama Club: First Meeting Wednesday October 3 (2:30 - 4pm)
New Mohawk Drama Coordinator Jonathan Diamond (jdiamond@mohawkschools.org) is organizing an after school drama club. Its first meeting will take place on Wednesday October 3 in the auditorium and is open to students in grades 7 - 12. Participants will spend time with many of the guest artists visiting the Theatre Workshop class, a new elective being offered in both the fall and spring semester. Drama Coordinator Jonathan Diamond is very excited about this year's school play/musical and said, 'The Club will be an opportunity for experienced performers to expand their imaginations and hone their craft in preparation for the upcoming drama season and will provide newcomers to the stage a wonderful introduction to the world of theater.'"  The afterschool program includes workshops with Valley theater luminaries Double Edge Theatre, Chrysalis Theatre and others in movement, voice work, stage combat, large object work, aerial fabrics and intensive actor training. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  Open to students in grades 7 - 12.

Ballet Class
Karen Shulda, Artistic Director of Ballet Renversé, has begun offering afterschool ballet dance classes at Mohawk.  We are delighted to extend this opportunity for students to experience classical ballet training on our campus.  Information about the afterschool ballet classes is available in the Front Office or by contacting Ms. Shulda at 413-625-6442.

Evening Band and Chorus
As mentioned above in the section of Music News, Evening Band and Chorus will be held every Tuesday in the Music Room. This is a great opportunity for high school students to participate in music even when they can't fit it into their daytime class schedule. Evening Band will be from 5:30-6:15, and evening chorus will be from 6:15-7:00. Students can receive 1 course credit for participating.  Please call Mr. Halligan with any questions: 625-9811 x1317 or contact him by email at shalligan@mohawkschools.org.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the school library. Please note the earlier meeting time.
Agenda
  • Secretary and Treasurer reports
  • Music Director reports (high school and middle school)
  • Open House for Mohawk Middle School and High School (Thursday, September 20 at 6 pm)
  • Ashfield Fall Festival Baked Potato Booth (October 6-7. This is our only meeting before the event.)
  • Meeting calendar for the year

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Multigenerational Community Chorus

Shelley Roberts is organizing a new Community Chorus in Shelburne Falls.

MULTIGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY CHORUS!!!



Come and join us for our first rehearsal this THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 from 5:30-7p.m.!!!!!


Come one, come all! Come and join our Multigenerational Community Chorus this Fall 2012!  Rehearsals will be held once a week through the Fall with a concert in November.  Everyone between the ages of 12-112 are invited to sing.  In fact, bring your friends and family along too! Come have fun making music and making friends! Check out the schedule below. If you are interested in joining or know someone interested in joining please contact Shelley Roberts with your name, useful email address and preferred voice part.  Otherwise, just show up!

Rehearsal space - Shelburne Senior Center in Shelburne Falls, 7 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Mission:
Our mission is to galvanize the community through song and outreach. In addition to the November concert, we will sing and serve at Trinity Church’s Community Meal as well as take some time to go caroling to those who may need a little extra holiday cheer in December. Time & date – TBA
Goals:
-       enjoy music making;
-       learn how to make music that communicates to others and ourselves
-       develop musical, vocal and language skills;

Schedule:

SEPTEMBER 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday






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Practice 5:30-7p.m.
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Practice 5:30-7p.m.
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20
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
21
22
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30
24
25
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27
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
28
29

OCTOBER 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

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2
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4
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
5
6
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11
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
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18
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
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25
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
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Halloween





NOVEMBER 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday




1
Practice
5:30-7p.m.
2
Community Meal
3
Extra practice
2-3 (if needed)
4
5
6
7

8
Practice 5:30-7p.m.
9
10
Extra practice
2-3 (if needed)
11
12
13
14

15
DRESS
5:30-7p.m.
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17
CONCERT
1:30-call
3:00 -show
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21
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Thanksgiving
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
Practice
5:30-7p.m.

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DECEMBER 2012
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday






1
Caroling
Time TBA
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3
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5
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First day of Hanukkah
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Christmas
26
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Meeting Reminder

Update 8/14/2012 -  Mohawk's new Music Director, Scott Halligan, will attend the potluck/meeting. Please come to welcome him!

The summer meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Don and Cathy's house. This is a potluck supper meeting. Please bring a dish to share. Students are encouraged to attend.

Agenda:
  • set up our budget for the year
  • talk about fundraising ideas
  • meeting schedule for September 2012 - June 2013
  • meet Mohawk's new Music Director?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Alice Parker's "Singing at Dawn" Première July 20 and 21

Singing at Dawn, a collaboration between Colrain poet Carol Purington and noted composer Alice Parker, will be premiered by the Mohawk Trail Concerts on their July 20 and 21 programs. Alice conducted a vocal workshop with Mohawk students last March. Carol is a Mohawk alumna.
Mohawk Trail Concerts logo
Alice selected ten poems from Carol's book The Trees Bleed Sweetness, poems describing the life of a Native American woman from childhood to old age, and transformed them into a song cycle. The idea began with a suggestion from Mohawk Trail Concerts Director Ruth Black, and immediately inspired Alice. She knew of Carol's work and admired it, but they had never met. When Carol got a letter from Alice asking for permission to use the poems she said she was honored that a woman of Alice's reputation wanted to use them.
Carol's book
Alice set the poems for voice, flute, and percussion. She said the percussionist will play lots of different instruments, rattles and drums, and "clicking things." The idea was to suggest the noises of the forest. Carol said she appreciates that Alice's music sounds like birdsong.

The result of this rare collaboration will be a highlight of the Mohawk Trail Concerts season.

This article first appeared in the June/July 2012 issue of the Heath Herald, and is used here with the permission of the author, Pat Leuchtman.
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A free pair of tickets for each concert in the Mohawk Trail Concerts Summer Festival are available at the Griswold Memorial Library in Colrain and at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, courtesy of the Mohawk Trail Concerts. Please check with the libraries to see if tickets to the Singing at Dawn performances are still available. Otherwise, see the Mohawk Trail Concerts website for ticket information.

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Program listing on http://www.mohawktrailconcerts.org/season/summer-festival/



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Officers Elected

Mohawk Music Association Officers (elected June 12, 2012)

  • President:  Eric Grant
  • Vice-President:  open
  • Treasurer:  Emily Robertson
  • Recording Secretary:  Lisa Hollister
  • Corresponding Secretary:  open
  • Purchaser: Sherry Taylor

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the school library.

The agenda will include typical year-end activities and voting in new officers for next year.

Scholarships Awarded

The Mohawk Music Association Scholarship recipients were announced at Senior Awards Night on May 31.

$500:  Hannah Robertson
$400:  Brenna Keogh, Francesca Maroney, Eleanor Williams
$300:  Sheryl Magdycz

We congratulate all the graduating seniors for their accomplishments at Mohawk.

High School Music Council

High school music students are encouraged to get involved with the HS Music Student Council.  The Music Department has its own student council. They serve the Music Department in many ways such as fundraising efforts, organizing activities, concerts, excursions, music, equipment, and more!  Moreover, the Music Student Council serves as representatives of the Music Department's student members.  Beyond the Music Department's needs, participating council members find that they obtain knowledge and skills required for job/career and college resumes.  

Nominations and essays of application for positions are due by Friday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.  These essays may be submitted handwritten or typed, in hard copy or via email to Ms. Kastanas. Voting will take place on Monday, June 11, throughout the day.

Students in any of the instrumental or vocal ensembles in grade 10-12 may become officers. Interested students must sign-up on the Music Wall Board and provide a 500 word essay to the Music Director declaring their interest and rationale as to why they would be best suited for the position. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 8.

The following positions are open: President, Vice President, Clerk, Treasurer, Business Manager, Social Chair, Head Librarian, and Library Staff.  For additional information about the roles and responsibilities of each of these positions, please consult Ms. Kastanas or see the Music Wall Board for additional information.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Marching Bands and Colorguard in Memorial Day Parades

Mohawk's Marching Bands and Colorguard will be performing on Monday, May 28 at local Memorial Day observances

The Middle School band will perform at the Memorial Day events in Colrain. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the West Branch Cemetery. It will proceed down Adamsville Road to the bridge, and back into the cemetery, where exercises will be held. On the bridge there will be a ceremony for soldiers lost at sea. A wreath will also be presented and placed on the memorial stone in the cemetery. There will be a rifle salute both at the bridge and in the cemetery.

The High School Marching Band and Colorguard will perform at the Memorial Day events in Ashfield. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Town Hall and will proceed to Ashfield Plain Cemetery, where there will be a traditional ceremony with speakers, flags, music and flowers on the veterans graves with ceremonies at the war monuments. The parade will return to Town Hall for a closing prayer. A chicken barbecue will be held at the First Congregational Church after the parade.

The High School Marching Band and Colorguard will also participate in Memorial Day events in Plainfield beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spring Concert Tonight!

The Mohawk Music Department's Spring Concert is tonight, Wednesday, May 23, starting at 6:30 pm in the school auditorium. This concert features performances by all Middle and High School instrumental and choral groups.

The Mohawk Music Association will be selling refreshments in the lobby before the show and during intermission.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Donations Requested for Spring Concert Bake Sale

The Mohawk Music Association is seeking donations of treats/snacks to sell at the spring concert next Wednesday, May 23. All proceeds from the bake sale will be used to support the middle and high-school music departments. We'd very much appreciate donations of home-made or store-bought snacks/treats. The more donations we get, the more we can sell and the more we can fund the music programs.

All items MUST be individually wrapped and will sell for $1.00 each. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Items can be brought to the lobby starting at 6:00 p.m., or to the music room during the day.



Meeting Reminder:
Please come to our June MMA meeting: Tuesday June 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mohawk library -- We could sure use your presence to ensure that we have a quorum with which to elect officers for next year!!! Please consider getting involved in the MMA on an occasional or regular basis, so we can keep the MMA alive.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Annual Spring Concert

Mark your calendar for the Mohawk Music Department's Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. This concert features performances by all Middle and High School instrumental and choral groups.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Meeting

The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm in the school library.

We will meet at 5:45 pm for nomination of officers for next year. The general meeting will start at 6:00 pm. Upcoming events to talk over are: adjudication, spring concert, senior banquet and Memorial day.

New Members: please join us for refreshments and a special welcome. See you in the library at 6 p.m.!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Please Join Us

Hi Mohawk music parents,
   
As this school year is quickly moving along and we have only 2 more scheduled meetings of the Mohawk Music Association, we want to remind you that the MMA is working behind the scenes to provide critical funding for Mohawk's middle and high school music programs. We would welcome your involvement at our MMA meetings, whether on an occasional or regular basis. As students graduate and we lose involved parents, it is crucial that new parents step up if the MMA is to continue to exist. Our numbers are dwindling precariously. While the MMA exists to raise funds for music students, we also have fun and gain a lot of satisfaction along the way. We welcome you to join us and participate in deciding how we can help the music programs.
       
Remaining meetings in this school year:
Tuesday, May 8 -- PLEASE JOIN US FOR REFRESHMENTS AND A SPECIAL WELCOME TO NEW PARENTS. SEE YOU THERE AT 6 P.M.!
Tuesday, June 12 -- Our agenda will include typical year-end activities and voting in new officers for next year. New parents totally encouraged to attend!
          
    
HOW THE MMA FUNDED THE MUSIC PROGRAMS THIS YEAR
       
We'd like you to know about the contributions that the MMA has made to the middle and high school music programs just this year alone:
-- For the in-school music workshops that the students experienced in March: $1,100 (for the sheet music and stipends). We have received very positive feedback about the benefit of these workshops for the middle and high school students.
-- For the all-school musical: $500.00 for set materials.
-- For the Adjudication/Six Flags trip: $1000.00 (for the non-refundable deposit and to fund loans and/or scholarships for students unable to afford the trip, eligibility to be determined by the music teachers).
Grand total so far this year: $2,600
And more to come this spring! The MMA will be:
-- Serving ice cream to all the elementary students participating in the Kids in Concert event in May
-- Donating $1,000 to help pay for the senior music students' banquet in late May
-- Providing up to $2,500 total in scholarships to graduating music students
-- Providing bottled water for students marching in parades on Memorial Day.
    
Potential grand total for the year: approximately $6,500
   
Please consider getting involved in the MMA on a regular basis, so we can keep the MMA alive.
     
Sincerely,
The MMA officers and regulars