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 Renvers√©, 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.