Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Year End Update

As we balance on the edge, last year fading into shadow, next year bright with opportunity, let's pause to reflect on where we've been and where we are going.

From Mohawk Music Association's Facebook page:

A huge thank you once again to all who supported the Mohawk Music Association and our school district's children in any of the many, many ways possible to do so.

We'd like to tell you just how well we did on Valley Gives Day, but we don't have a final total yet. While the website reports online donations of $930, we have had some additional checks trickle in from people who wanted to participate but didn't or couldn't log in on 12/12. The good news is, it's not too late to make a charitable contribution for 2013! We are a 501c3 nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made right here on our facebook page (look for the blue elephant), or on our website http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/ where we have a paypal button at the very bottom of the page. Checks can be mailed or delivered in person either to the school (we finally have our own mailbox there!) or to our treasurer, Emily Robertson.

Looking ahead to 2014: Participation in music and drama is growing at Mohawk and we are very excited about upcoming events. For the latest news and all the links you could possibly need to keep informed, head to our website http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/ or come to our monthly meetings - all are welcome!

Don't miss this next "big thing" https://www.facebook.com/events/193355740870119/?ref=22 We are so excited to have Trailer Park back on the Mohawk stage with the student rock band Sonic Toast opening the show.

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Wishing you an eventful journey in 2014, filled with joy, laughter, and music.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Trailer Park Benefit Concert written up in SF&WCI

The year-end issue of the Shelburne Falls & West Couny Independent has an article about the upcoming benefit concert featuring Trailer Park and the Mohawk's new rock band



Friday, December 27, 2013

Trailer Park Benefit Concert

Trailer Park hanging out with the trophies in the Mohawk High School Music Room

The Trailer Park Benefit Concert got a shout-out in today's Recorder newspaper:

Greenfield Recorder 12/27/2013, Page C01

THERE’S GOING TO BE A BENEFIT CONCERT
for the Mohawk Music Association on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

Trailer Park, featuring Mohawk alum Tom Mahnken will perform. Mohawk’s new rock band, led by the school’s Music Director Scott Halligan, will perform a warm-up set.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Mohawk students are free.

For more information, contact Julian Diamond, a Mohawk student, at: juliand8@gmail.com. Also visit: www.mohawkmusicassociation. org.

Trailer Park has listed this concert as an event on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/193355740870119/?ref=22

Friday, December 13, 2013

Two Mohawk Freshman Performing in PVS Youth Orchestra Concert

Come see two of Mohawk's students perform in the Inaugural Concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 pm at the Greenfield Middle School (map).

Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra in rehearsal (screenshot from YouTube video)
The concert is FREE and open to the public.

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

The program includes:
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Dance of the Tumblers
TCHAIKOVSKY Finale from Symphony No. 2

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mohawk Winter Concert

Come join us for a night of music and fun at Mohawk's Annual Winter Concert! Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Winter Concert program cover

The concert will feature High School and Middle School music ensembles. This year’s concert will include pop music, folk songs, classical masterpieces, Yiddish music, dancing, and songs to get us into the Holiday Spirit! Bands, Choirs, and the new high school Rock Band will be performing.

Light refreshments will be available to purchase in the lobby at intermission.

The Mohawk Music Association will be participating in Valley Gives Day at the same time and will have computer and tablet stations set up at the concert where supporters can participate online.

MMA Meeting Tonight Cancelled

The Mohawk Music Association will not hold the scheduled meeting this evening due to the rescheduled performance of The Crucible from Friday to tonight at 6 pm.

If you have not seen the show, you should make an effort to see it this evening. The cast and crew did an outstanding job.

When you come to the show tonight, stop by to see Sherry Taylor at the MMA table in the lobby. We will be taking orders for "I Support The Arts" t-shirts and sweatshirts. You can order yours then if you have not already done so.

Also, this Thursday, December 12th, at 6:30 pm is the Mohawk Winter Concert. The MMA will be doing refreshments. If you can help at the refreshment table and/or bring us something to sell at the table, you can let Sherry Taylor know when you see her at the show tonight.

If you are unable to come to The Crucible tonight, but still want to help with the refreshments at the Winter Concert on Thursday, please respond by email:  staylor@mohawkmusicassociation.org

Monday, December 9, 2013

"Carol of the Bells" - Winter Concert Preview

Mr Halligan posted a rehearsal recording of the Mohawk Rock Band's version of "Carol of the Bells."

Download and listen as we await the Mohawk Winter Concert on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk auditorium.

The "Hilltowns" are Alive with the Sound of Music

An email from Mohawk Music Association President Sherry Taylor:

Subject: The "hilltowns" are alive with the sound of music . . .

December 6, 2013

Dear Supporters of Mohawk Music,

I woke up really excited this morning. While I’m always passionate about the work I do for the Mohawk Music Association, there's something else that's got me pumped.  On 12.12.13, thousands of area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during VALLEY GIVES. On that day, every donation and donor we get will go further to help us claim our share of more than $200,000 in cash awards.


(Mohawk Select Chorus outside at Keene State College where they performed in a Cantata in October 2013)

What really has me excited is that this is going to be a big event, and everyone will be talking about who they’re supporting. Think “American Idol” and we're in the tryouts but need your support to make it to the top.

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(Mohawk Middle School Chorus performing "God Bless America" to open the season for the Springfield Falcons hockey team in October 2013)

We need you to help us with these three things:

1) Mark 12.12.13 on your calendar and add this giving link http://valleygives.razoo.com/story/Mohawkmusicassociation

2) Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MohawkMusicAssociation and Twitter https://twitter.com/MohawkMusicAssn and help build the buzz.

3) Spread the word! Forward this email to your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on 12.12.13.


Help spread the excitement! Tell your friends and family why you think they should help us with their donation. Please be our champion, and help us see it to the top! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on 12.12.12.

Sincerely,

Sherry M Taylor

Mohawk Music Association President
 

For more information about Valley Gives, visit www.valleygivesday.org

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Arts at Mohawk

From Principal Lynn Dole's December 8, 2013 Newsletter:


Mohawk presents Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on Tuesday, December 10

If you missed last night’s exciting performance of “The Crucible”, you have another chance to see our student cast and crew in action.  Please join us for Mohawk’s production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on Tuesday, December 10, at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk auditorium. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5, and Mohawk students are free! Tickets are available for purchase on the night of the production. To reserve tickets in advance, call (413)-768-9979. Due to the mature themes of this show, we do not recommend that young children attend.   

The cast and crew will also put on a performance of “The Crucible” for the high school on Tuesday, December 10, at 8:30 am

The Mohawk High School Concert Chorus is participating in performances of "The Crucible." They perform a haunting adaptation of one of the Psalms, connected to the action in the play. 


Mohawk’s Winter Concert is Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for our Winter Concert on Thursday, December 12th here at Mohawk. The concert begins at 6:30 pm and will feature performances from the various ensembles of our middle and high school students. All Middle School band students will need to report to the music room at 5:30, and Middle School Chorus students need to report at 6:00. 


Mohawk students perform in Pioneer Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert

On Saturday, December 14th two Mohawk students will be performing in the very first Pioneer Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert. Mohawk students Kaylee Kelleher and Sara Powell are members of this audition-based orchestra that brings together students from all over the region. This concert is free to the public and will take place at 7:00 pm at Greenfield High School Greenfield Middle School.


Announcing the Spring Musical: The Wizard of Oz!

Mohawk Trail Regional School’s Theater Department is excited to announce this spring’s musical will be “The Wizard of Oz” and we would like YOU to be in it! We are looking for students who like to sing, dance and act! Additionally, we are looking for parents, teachers, and students who are interested in helping with other creative aspects of the show too!

Auditions for the high school and middle school will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 2:30-5:00 in the auditorium. Students will be asked to prepare one song from the show, read some lines and learn a group dance! It will be easy and fun! Audition packets are available in the Front Office and they include three songs to choose from plus the dialogue that will be used for the audition.

If you are interested in being in the show but are nervous about singing a solo, please come and talk to me! There are so many options from being in the chorus to working behind the scenes. Don’t let stage fright stop you from coming to auditions!

Even if you can’t work on the show, you can still come to the show! Mark these dates in your calendars – Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 7:00 pm AND Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm.  This is a very exciting adventure that I hope many of you will be a part of! 

Looking forward to working with all of you!

Sincerely, 

Shelley Roberts
Production Director All-School Musical
sroberts@mohawkschools.org

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on December 6 and 7

The Dec. 6  performance of “The Crucible” was postponed due to forecast weather conditions of rain, sleet, and snow. Mohawk will present “The Crucible” on Saturday, December 7, at 7:00 pm and on Tuesday, December 10, at 6:00 pm.



Music Director Scott Halligan writes:  "We’re pleased to announce that performances of “The Crucible” are fast-approaching! Our students have been working diligently and it has truly been an inspiration to watch them tackle such a complex dramatic text. It’s going to be a great show!"

Performances will take place on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, December10th at 6:00 pm in the Mohawk auditorium.

Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5, and Mohawk students are free! Tickets will be available for purchase on the night of the production. To reserve tickets in advance, call (413)-768-9979.

Due to the mature themes of this show, we do not recommend that young children attend.

The Mohawk High School Concert Chorus will be participating in performances of "The Crucible." They will be singing a haunting adaptation of one of the Psalms, connected to the action in the play.

Mohawk Strings students will also be involved, playing violin and cello in the performances.

The play is being produced with support from MAEC (Mohawk Arts and Education Council.)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Trailer Park to Headline Benefit Concert January 10

Trailer Park
"Every last one of those trophies is not ours."
l to r: Tom Mahnken, James Robinson, Greg Lauzon, Joe Fitzpatrick, Rick Page.
Photo taken in the Mohawk Regional band room 3/24/12 by Matt Cavanaugh.

 Trailer Park is bringing their unique style of rock and roll back to Mohawk on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Mohawk Trail Regional School auditorium. This concert is a benefit for the Mohawk Music Association.

Mohawk sophomore Julian Diamond organized this event. Expect to see a press release from him soon!

Mohawk's new student Rock Band, led by Music Dirctor Scott Halligan, will be the opening act for the show.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Will Mohawk's Dream Team beat the Harlem Superstars with a little help from the Sonic Toast?

Harlem Superstars
A fun night out! On Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm the 8th grade class will be hosting the Harlem Superstars comedy basketball team to play against the Mohawk Dream Team.

The Mohawk Dream Team is made up of teachers, administrators (even Mr. Kotright-Clark!), students, alumni, and community members who may or may not have basketball experience but are willing to have fun for the sake of your entertainment.

The Harlem Superstars are "a group of talented basketball players whose main mission is to entertain kids and their families through the game of exciting show-time basketball."

This is a fundraiser for the 8th Grade trip to Washington D.C. and is sure to be lots of fun for the whole family. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Mirick Insurance Agency in Shelburne Falls, Blackmer Insurance Agency on Route 2 in Shelburne, or from 8th grade students who are going on the Washington D.C. trip.

Sonic Toast performs at the Pep Rally in October.
Be sure to get there early (5:45) as Mohawk's all-star student Rock Band, Sonic Toast, will rock the gym in a pregame mini-concert to help energize the crowd in support of our very own Mohawk Dream Team!

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Arts at Mohawk


Mohawk's Rock Band  "Sonic Toast" will perform at the Winter Concert on December 12.
(More photos, video Pep Rally, and video Booster Day Game)

From Principal Lynn Dole's November 24, 2013 Newsletter:


The arts enrich us and this issue of News from Mohawk features information about a wide variety of music and theater activities.  In addition to this section, please see the afterschool enrichment offerings listed at the end of this issue of News.


Mohawk presents Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” on December 6 and 7

We’re pleased to announce that performances of “The Crucible” are fast-approaching! Our students have been working diligently and it has truly been an inspiration to watch them tackle such a complex dramatic text. It’s going to be a great show!

Our performances will take place on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 in the Mohawk auditorium. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5, and Mohawk students are free! Tickets will be available for purchase on the night of the production. To reserve tickets in advance, call (413)-768-9979. Due to the mature themes of this show, we do not recommend that young children attend.  See you there!

The Mohawk High School Concert Chorus will be participating in performances of "The Crucible" on December 6 and 7 at 7:00 pm. They will be singing a haunting adaptation of one of the Psalms, connected to the action in the play.


Mohawk’s Winter Concert is Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm

The High School and Middle School music ensembles will be sharing their incredible work. This year's concert will include pop music, folk songs, classical masterpieces, Yiddish music, dancing, and songs to get us into the Holiday Spirit! Bands, Choirs, and the new high school Rock Band will be performing.


Congratulations to Zach Arfa, who has been accepted to the Western District Music Festival Chorus

Several Mohawk Music students auditioned at Westfield State University on November 9, which included singing a solo, two scales, and sight-singing. Asked why they took the audition, students said, "We came to the audition to gain professional auditioning experience, to become more comfortable performing for an audience, and to test our ability to perform under pressure." One student said, "It helped me be less afraid of formal auditions. It's a lot less scary and intimidating than it seems." 

This audition ended up being very competitive, but Zach's audition received an extremely high score. He will be performing with a group of advanced high school singers in the Festival Concert at UMass on January 11 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $7.00. Zach plans to audition for the All-State Honor Chorus in January, and is already practicing!


The Mohawk Music Association (MMA) has a new Facebook page

Please "Like" the MMA on Facebook! And then spread the word - ask your friends and family to "Like" the MMA on Facebook, too! This will be a place for updates, photos, videos, stories, and other Mohawk Music related items. The Facebook page will help friends and family near and far take part in the excitement of our Music program! So check it out, and spread the word! Your "Like" will help support the Music program at Mohawk!  Check out the Mohawk Music Association’s website which features an article about recent Mohawk graduate Francesca Maroney who is will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a member of the UMass Marching Band.  

The MMA website’s homepage is :http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/ and the article about Francesca is available through this link: http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2013/11/mohawk-alum-marching-in-macys.html


Mohawk’s Select Chorus performed in concert with Hilltown Harmony

On Saturday, November 23, the Mohawk High School Select Chorus performed in a joint concert with the multigenerational Hilltown Harmony Community Choir at Trinity Church.   The event was a benefit for the local food pantry and the concert featured pop music, folk music, classical selections, and songs from around the world.   Shelley Roberts, Choral Director for Hilltown Harmony, joins our staff as Director of our All-School Musical this year. Link to video of performances.


Join us for the public performance of "A Legacy of Rural Music, People, and Place”: Ashfield, Buckland, Hawley, Plainfield: 1800s - 1940s, on Monday, November 25, at 12:45 pm.

On Monday afternoon, November 25, a number of musicians will be sharing local music and storytelling traditions with our high school students.  The program, created and produced by local artist Jackie Cooper, focuses on the tradition of music and storytelling that has shaped our cultural heritage.  This performance of "A Legacy of Rural Music, People, and Place” reveals a piece of our local hill town life from the 1800 - 1940s.  

The program culminates a period of research followed by a weeklong workshop, where local amateur musicians with a variety of skill levels and seasoned musicians collaborated in developing the performance, and where the "passing it on" tradition inherent to music and storytelling was embraced. “Passing it on” is a colloquialism from old-time music practitioners; it makes reference to the act of “appreciating and ingesting the gift of the prior generation.”  As generations pass, face-to-face connection to descendants of our locale's first settlers is declining.  In each of our local communities, we are the bearers of the gift of cultural heritage - the link between the past and the future.  

One can read about the past, but participating in the music and storytelling infuses it with the uniqueness of individual expression, reflecting changing times, while keeping the connection going for the next generation.

This program is sponsored by County Dance and Song Society and is funded in part by Mass Humanities. The program was created and produced by Jackie Cooper.  This performance is free and open to the public.  The show begins at 12:45 pm.


Stay tuned for more information about our All-School Musical

In the coming weeks you can expect to hear lots more about the show, including information about auditions which will be held in December.  

Mohawk alumna Shelley Roberts will be directing this year’s show.  Ms. Roberts is an adjunct instructor of Voice and Theater at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Choral Director of the multigenerational Hilltown Harmony Community Choir.  In 2012 Ms. Roberts organized the Mohawk Music Association’s Alumni Concert, bringing together professional and amateur musicians from across the decades of the Mohawk music program.  

We are excited to have Ms. Roberts back at Mohawk, where she began her career as a musical performer appearing on stage in many a Mohawk musical during her high school years.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Video of Hilltown Harmony/Select Chorus Concert

Mohawk Select Chorus (video screenshot)
Mohawk Select Chorus sings "Scarborough Fair":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aMURJYlbD8


Hilltown Harmony Multigenerational Choir (video screenshot)
Hilltown Harmony Multigenerational Choir sings "The Lion Sleeps Tonight":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y81WtEKkO8E


Thank you to Wanda Mooney for providing the videos of two of the songs performed last Saturday at the Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mohawk Alum Marching in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Francesca Maroney teaches the "Jump!" tradition to a group of visiting middle and high school students. Photo credit Alyson Villard Photography.

Mohawk alumna Francesca Maroney (class of 2012) is a sophomore at UMass Amherst and a member of the UMass Marching Band (UMMB). Next week she will travel to New York City with her alto saxophone and perform with the band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In her years at Mohawk Francesca was a member of the Band, and she was Stage Manager and did other behind-the-scenes work for the All-School Musicals. She was awarded a Mohawk Music Association scholarship at Senior Awards Night.

She recently took some time from her busy academic and band schedule to answer some questions about her experiences with the UMass Marching Band.

Q.  First, what's going on in the photo at the top of this article?

A.  The sculpture is called Quinnipiac, but it is colloquially referred to as the "pants". In that picture, I'm greeting middle and high school students who have come to see the Multibands Pops Concert matinee, and so, leading them through a goofy tradition -- if you walk through the pants, you have to jump and shout, "Pants!" It's a great way to get the kids involved and excited for the concert.


Q.  You were a talented musician in the Mohawk Music Department. Were you prepared for the transition from a small high school band to a large university band with a national reputation of excellence?

A.  I was in no way prepared for the UMMB. I distinctly remember band camp last year. First off, there's much more to being in a marching band than playing an instrument. I don't believe we played a single note the first day of band camp. Instead we learned how to stand, how to hold our instruments, and how to walk. And when we were in our sections, well, the alto saxophones had more rookies than Mohawk had members in the band! And there were people who had been in marching bands in high school, and excellent marching bands, ones that competed. The first day of band camp, learning how to stand at attention, learning a chant that I can now repeat in my sleep (How are your feet? Together! Stomach? In! Chest? Out! Shoulders? Back! Elbows? Frozen! Chin? Up! Eyes? With pride!), I felt like I was just getting swept along for the ride. And then there was the rest of band camp. We were out on the fields at 8 in the morning, and worked, with breaks for lunch and dinner of course, straight through until after 11 at night for a week. I was legitimately terrified that band would be too much effort throughout the school year. It takes a lot of work to make an ensemble that doesn't turn away anybody into the best band anywhere. But after band camp, daily rehearsals were a breeze.


 Q. How much time do you devote to the UMMB in an average week? How do you balance band and academic demands?

A. We rehearse every school day from 4:40 ("band o'clock") to 6:10, but sectionals start 10 minutes early. I'd say that I, as your average, run-of-the-mill bando, put in about 2 hours a day... not including game days, which have us up before the sun. It does take effort to balance band and school work; I have to take advantage of the time I have and balance my priorities. Last year it took little effort to manage classes and band. This year presents more of a struggle, as I'm working as a peer mentor in a first-year residence hall on top of everything.


Q. What is your major at UMass? (and may I mention that you made Dean's List Honors last semester - congrats) 

A.  I am a Computer Systems Engineering major at UMass, and part of the Commonwealth Honors College.


Q.  How does it feel to know that on Thanksgiving Day you'll be performing in front of a live audience of an estimated 2 - 3 million viewers and 45 -50 million (wow!!) TV viewers?

A.  At this point in the semester, we are almost done with football season; our last game is on Saturday. So we're devoting more and more time to working on drill and music for Macy's, and are reminded on almost a daily basis how visible we are. It seems almost unreal, I guess. We're going on TV in front of millions of people who have never heard of the UMMB, and have a minute and 15 seconds of fame to show them who we are. But it's going to be like any other performance. I, personally, am simply going to do the best that I can, like I do every time I put on the uniform.


Q.  What will you say if you get a "Hi Mom!" moment with an NBC-TV camera?

A.  The odds of a "Hi Mom!" moment with an NBC TV camera are slim to none for me, unfortunately, so I haven't thought of what I would say. One of the great things about the UMMB is that we have so much student leadership; our drum majors are students, as are our field staff and section leaders, and we have student volunteers for administrative staff, from our band managers to travel, equipment, personnel, website, library, uniform, public relations... the list goes on and on. There's even a fraternity and sorority connected with the band-- Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. The people involved in these things have devoted so much to the band, I'd hope they get some recognition!

To quote George N. Parks, "Being in the band is the greatest thing you could ever do and don't let anyone tell you differently." I'm so glad that I decided to stay with band at a collegiate level, and I would encourage any Mohawk Music alumni at UMass to join the marching band... or at least check us out at a football game! Comparing it to Mohawk music would be impossible, it's an entirely different animal, but being a part of it has helped me grow as a musician and as a person.


The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast on NBC-TV on Thanksgiving morning from 9 am to noon. According to a UMass press release, the UMass Marching Band is "scheduled to perform on NBC-TV in front of Macy’s flagship store at Broadway and 34th Street at 11:24 a.m. where it will play the fan favorite, “Big Noise from Winnetka.” Other songs the band will play along the route include “Fight UMass,” “God Bless America,” “Roll Down the Field” and “Sweet Caroline.”"

Watch the 2011 UMMB perform “Big Noise from Winnetka” on YouTube. Francesca says "the part of "Big Noise" we're playing is the end; the bit that starts at 4:10 in the video, since we only have 1:15 on the Macy's star".

The band will be performing a one hour practice march on Monday, November 25 on the UMass campus. Route and time details here.

Read more about the UMass Marching Band's Macy's parade:  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/umass_mass_marching_band_cant.html

Added 11/29/13  The March to Macy’s: The Story of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band series:  http://dailycollegian.com/2013/11/27/the-march-to-macys-the-story-of-the-umass-minuteman-marching-band-series/

The UMass Marching Band performs in Boston in October, 2013. Photo credit Alyson Villard Photography.

Added 11/29/13  TV screenshots of the UMMB performance:




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Select Chorus in Concert with Hilltown Harmony Chorus

Mohawk Select Chorus at Keene State College in October, 2013. Photo credit: Sue Cole.
The Mohawk Select Chorus is performing in a concert on Saturday, Nov. 23 with the Hilltown Harmony Multigenerational Chorus! The concert will be at 3pm at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls (map).

This event is free and open to the public. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please bring a non-perishable food item to share! Donations will be given to local food pantries.


Hilltown Harmony Multigenerational Chorus. Photo credit: wandamooney.com
The Hilltown Harmony Multigenerational Chorus is directed by Mohawk alumna Shelley Roberts, and the Mohawk Select Chorus is directed by Scott Halligan. Amy Roberts-Crawford is accompanist.
 
The Select Chorus will perform
  • Scarborough Fair
  • The Storm is Passing Over
  • Three Madrigals
  • O Too Short is Life
  • White Winter Hymnal

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Getting Ready for 12-12-13

Visit Mohawk Music Association's Valley Gives Day website! People who will be busy on Valley Gives Day (12/12/13) may schedule donations in advance.
http://valleygives.razoo.com/story/Mohawkmusicassociation


Mohawk Music Association is one of the hundreds of nonprofits participating in the second annual Valley Gives day, scheduled for December 12, 2013. Valley Gives is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages individuals to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities in just twenty-four hours. For more information about Valley Gives, visit www.valleygivesday.org

Mohawk Music Association members work throughout the year to:
  • raise funds to help the music department
  • provide scholarships to graduating music students
  • purchase and maintain uniforms & performance attire
  • assist the music department in its activities
  • encourage youth and adult interest in music

Participating in Valley Gives day will allow us to reach out to a broader community to support our goals. You can help now by going to our Facebook page and "like" us. Also encourage your family and friends to do the same. You may also keep up with the MMA events by following us on Twitter.

We're getting excited about 12-12-13! How about you?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Arts at Mohawk

From Principal Lynn Dole's November 11, 2013 Newsletter:

In the coming month there will be many opportunities for you to see our students performing:

Select Chorus will be performing in a joint concert with Hilltown Harmony on Saturday, November 23, 3:00pm at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls.

Mohawk presents Arthur Miller’s play "The Crucible" on the weekend of December 6-8 (snow dates: Dec. 13-15).

2013 Spring Concert
The Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 12, at 6:30pm (snow date: Dec. 19). This is also Valley Gives Day - a day of philanthropy throughout Western Massachusetts. Support Music at Mohawk by donating to the Mohawk Music Association on 12-12-13! For more information, go to: http://valleygives.razoo.com/giving_events/VG13/home



From Mohawk Music Association President Sherry Taylor (email 11/12/13):

The MMA has many exciting events in the works and we would like you to be included in the fun either in person or online. Please "like" us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/MohawkMusicAssociation and invite your friends and relatives to like us, too.  We want 500 friends by Thanksgiving and we would love for you to be one of them.  So, please like us and pass it on.

December has some wonderful happenings going on in the music and drama departments:

December 6th and 7th be sure to  come to "The Crucible" presented by MAEC (Mohawk Arts and Education Council) being performed live on the stage at Mohawk.  You will see many familiar faces on the stage . . . and some new ones.

December 12th is the night of the Holiday Music Performance at Mohawk.  Take a few hours out of your busy schedule and come to Mohawk and enjoy some wonderful holiday music.

Also, coming on 12/12/13 . . . stay tuned for more information.

Just an FYI to everyone, the pie sale at Booster Day brought in over $300 and the baked potato booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival brought in $4,100+.  A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported these events in one way or another.  Many hands make light work!

Thank you for all you do to support the arts at Mohawk.  Keep up the good work.
Principal Lynn Dole buys a slice of pie from the Mohawk Music Association at the 2013 Booster Day Football Game.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Spelling Bee Update

The Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee began with a song last night and ended with three triumphant notes.

Mohawk Select Chorus performs "The Storm is Passing Over."

After the judges' opening remarks, Mohawk's Select Chorus unexpectedly jumped up on the small stage in the rear of the auditorium and sang "The Storm is Passing Over", much to the delight of the crowd.


The Grand Championship Round ended when the word succedaneum was successfully spelled by The Three Bees: "Sometimes Be Sharp, Never Be Flat, and Always Be Natural".

The Merry Lion congratulates The Three Bees "Sometimes Be Sharp, Never Be Flat, and Always Be Natural", representing Mohawk Trail Concerts, sponsored by Slowinski Wood Products. John Clark, Cornelia Read, Amy Metzler-Clough. Photo credit Mary Lyon Foundation.

View the complete list of spelling bee words here.

See more photos on the Mary Lyon Foundation Facebook page. It was another fun evening to raise money for a good cause!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bee There

Mary Lyon
The Mary Lyon Foundation has been a generous supporter of arts and education in the Mohawk School District for many years. On Tuesday, November 12, at 6:30 pm they are hosting the eighth annual Community Spelling Bee in the auditorium at Mohawk. Thirty 3-person teams sponsored by local businesses will compete for the spelling trophy and bragging rights. They will also be vying for Best Costume, as they all compete garbed in elaborate costumes. Read more about this event in an article in Thursday's Greenfield Recorder: Spellers Unite for Community Bee.


7th Annual Spelling Bee Champions! (Their brains are so large they don't fit inside their skulls.)
You never know what will happen after the introductory remarks from the Spelling Bee judges, so come early to get a good seat. Bring your pen and notebook and attempt to come up with the correct spelling of the word before the teams raise their whiteboards for the judges.

The Mary Lyon Foundation also raises money at the event by selling tickets for more than 20 great raffle prizes. Buy a string of tickets and try your luck!

Want to test your skills with a few practice words before the big event? Here's a list of the words used in the 2009 Community Spelling Bee, along with the name of the winning team for each round. From approbation to zoological, 45 words to bend your mind.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dr. Bullock's presentation - photos

Mr. Halligan and Dr. Kathy Bullock on stage

Music Director Scott Halligan, Principal Lynn Dole, and the Mohawk High School student body enjoying the show!
See more photos by Christina Gabriel from the presentation and workshop here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cxn6bjn4aimctlj/3DXvMquES8


In case you missed Principal Dole's October 27 newsletter, here's what she and Mr. Halligan had to say about the experience:

Principal Lynn Dole
On Friday, October 18, Dr. Kathy Bullock gave an inspiring presentation to our high school students.  She had everyone in the auditorium singing and dancing in a presentation that wove together musical performance with historical context as she recounted elements of African-American history and the evolution of musical forms and traditions. Dr. Bullock, her sister Dr. Dee (Diane White-Clayton), and her brother-in-law Joe Clayton met with students in Scott Halligan’s chorus course before the event, and the presentation began and ended with our high school chorus students performing on stage with our honored guests. It was a powerful experience for everyone involved. Dr. Bullock’s presentation to Mohawk students was made possible through the generous support of the Mohawk Music Association and MAEC (Mohawk Arts and Education Council).

Mr. Halligan
A week after Booster Day, we hosted musician and educator Dr. Kathy Bullock at Mohawk. Dr. Bullock gave an inspiring presentation to the high school on African American Music that had the whole school moving, singing, and laughing together! She also worked with our High School Concert Chorus in an impromptu rehearsal that was simply unforgettable!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Next MMA Meeting

Reminder that our next MMA meeting will be this coming Tuesday, November 5th, at 6:30 pm in the school library.  

NOTE: This date is a change from our usual schedule as the Mary Lyon Foundation will be holding their Community Spelling Bee on the second Tuesday.

If you have anything for the agenda, please email it to me.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the meeting on Tuesday night.

     Sherry Taylor

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mohawk Music News


From Principal Lynn Dole's October 27 newsletter:

On Friday, October 18, Dr. Kathy Bullock gave an inspiring presentation to our high school students.  She had everyone in the auditorium singing and dancing in a presentation that wove together musical performance with historical context as she recounted elements of African-American history and the evolution of musical forms and traditions.  Dr. Bullock, her sister Dr. Dee (Diane White-Clayton), and her brother-in-law Joe Clayton met with students in Scott Halligan’s chorus course before the event, and the presentation began and ended with our high school chorus students performing on stage with our honored guests.  It was a powerful experience for everyone involved.  Dr. Bullock’s presentation to Mohawk students was made possible through the generous support of the Mohawk Music Association and MAEC (Mohawk Arts and Education Council).


The Arts at Mohawk

Members of the High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will be traveling to NYC this April to participate in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival! A $100 deposit is due November 1. More information about this trip can be found on Mr. Halligan's Class Pages: http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?board=462.0

Save the date: Select Chorus will be performing in a joint concert with Hilltown Harmony on SaturdayNovember 23, 3:00pm at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls.  

Save the date: Several Mohawk Music Students will be performing in "The Crucible" on December 6-8 (snow dates: Dec. 13-15).

Save the date: The Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 12, at 6:30pm (snow date: Dec. 19). This is also Valley Gives Day - a day of philanthropy throughout Western Massachusetts. Support Music at Mohawk by donating to the Mohawk Music Association on 12-12-13! For more information, go to: http://valleygives.razoo.com/giving_events/VG13/home

Drum Line in Booster Day Parade
The Music Department has had a very busy month! We were involved in three events on Booster Day: Rock Band students made their performance debut with strong performances at the Pep Rally and the high school football game! The Marching Band played their own original street-beats in the Booster Day Parade, which they also had the honor of leading!

A week after Booster Day, we hosted musician and educator Dr. Kathy Bullock at Mohawk. Dr. Bullock gave an inspiring presentation to the high school on African American Music that had the whole school moving, singing, and laughing together! She also worked with our High School Concert Chorus in an impromptu rehearsal that was simply unforgettable!

The Select Chorus performed in the Cantate High School Choral Festival at Keene State College on October 25, where they earned a very positive adjudication from college faculty. They also heard performances by high school choirs from NH and VT, as well as Keene State College's excellent vocal ensembles.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mohawk Music – NYC – April 2014

From Mr. Halligan's Class Pages post:

I am pleased to announce that the Mohawk High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will be traveling to New York City this spring! We will be participating in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival and Competition during Spring Break: April 24-27.

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. We will be competing with schools that have fewer than 500 students, and we will hear the work of many others.

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 is our tentative itinerary:  

Thursday, April 24 we depart from Mohawk and travel via coach bus to our hotel in New Jersey. After checking at the hotel, we’ll have dinner and rest to prepare for competition.

Friday, April 25 is the festival. After breakfast at the hotel, we will bus to Riverside Church in Manhattan. 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 as a group to celebrate our achievements. After dinner we will attend a performance of “Les Misérables” on Broadway!

Saturday, April 26 will be a day of sight-seeing and activities. At 10:00am 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.

Sunday, April 27 we will check out of the hotel and return home.

The total cost per student is currently $560 plus breakfasts and lunches. Please note that this number may fluctuate: the cost of the coach bus will be divided among the total number of participants. Contributions from the Mohawk Music Association and fundraising efforts by Tri-M will help to defray costs.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cantate! High School Choral Festival

This Friday, October 25, the Mohawk Select Chorus will be participating in the Cantate! High School Choral Festival at Keene State College. This was a very successful event last year, and we are looking forward to going back!

About the event 
This is a non-competitive music festival, and schools from Massachusetts and New Hampshire will showcase their best work in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Each school will perform a few selections on stage, and then receive coaching from a member of the Keene State College Music Department Faculty. There will also be an “All-Sing,” in which all participants in the festival perform a song together. This will be followed by performances by Keene State’s own vocal ensembles. It’s sure to be an inspiring day!

This event is free and open to the public. Details and map on the Keene State website.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yiddish Music

Mr. Kurland singing a Modzitzer song called "Hodu"
From Mr. Halligan's post on his Concert Chorus Class Pages dated 10/18/2013:

We had Joe Kurland with us this week to teach us about Yiddish Music!

Later that day, there was an amazing coincidence: NPR aired a remarkable story about the Modzitzer music that we are learning about from Mr. Kurland! The story profiles the life and work of Ben Zion Shenker, the man who has made the greatest contribution to Modzitzer music. He is also the lead singer on the recording we were listening to in class!

Here is a link where you can listen to the story:
http://www.npr.org/2013/10/16/235525531/the-greatest-living-figure-of-chasidic-music

Here is video of Mr. Kurland singing a Modzitzer song called "Hodu" in our class:
http://youtu.be/hIMqPFCF8V0

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dr. Kathy Bullock at high school on October 18

From Principal Lynn Dole's October 12 newsletter:

Dr. Kathy Bullock
On Friday, October 18, Dr. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, will be making a presentation to all our high school students.

Dr. Bullock directs the Black Music Ensemble, a 70-voice choir that specializes in performance of African-American sacred music. She performs, lectures, and leads workshops in the United States, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Jamaica on music and culture of the African diaspora. She is also involved in ongoing research in African music and culture, as well as African-Caribbean musical culture in Jamaica.

Born in Washington, D.C., of a Baptist minister and wife who were active community, civil rights and religious leaders, Dr. Bullock shares a deep appreciation of music’s beauty, power and spiritual possibilities and an infectious excitement in the performing and sharing of it with others.

Dr. Bullock’s presentation to Mohawk students is made possible through the generous support of the Mohawk Music Association and MAEC (Mohawk Arts and Education Council). Dr. Bullock will make her presentation at 9:00 on Friday morning. 

Dr. Bullock’s presentation is entitled "Singing in the Spirit: Roots of African American Sacred Music Tradition". As a part of the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau she has been providing this presentation for years to schools, community centers, libraries, churches, other community organizations in KY and around the US and Europe.

Dr. Kathy Bullock

 Singing in the Spirit: Roots of African American Sacred Music Tradition 

Spirituals and gospel music are much more than pleasing songs to listen to — they are powerful representations of the triumphant spirit and faith that have defined African-American music and people. Dr. Bullock takes the audience on a musical journey from West Africa, through the middle passage, to the North American shores where the African-American culture was forged. Through songs, stories, and performance, this participatory program lets the audience experience the beauty, joy, and power of this music and culture.

A 2 minute YouTube video:  "Gospel Prague 2011 - Dr. Kathy Bullock at Workshop Roots of Afroamerican music tradition"

The public is invited to Dr. Bullock's presentation in the Mohawk auditorium on Friday, October18 at 9:00 am.

Support Mohawk Arts: T-shirts and Hoodie Sweatshirts For Sale

[August 2014 update:  Orders are no longer being accepted for the T-shirts and Hoodie Sweatshirts, but check out our new TOTE BAGS!]

 $3 each. Proceeds will support the Williamsburg Trip. Available at the Trailer Park Concert (Nov 7), and the Winter Concert (Dec 9). They are also in the Local Goods catalog of Sanderson Academy. Great gifts! Contact us if you want to buy a Tote Bag:  mohawkmusicassociation@gmail.com

 

 

Hoodie Sweatshirts $28 or $31, T-shirts $15 or $17


Detailed view of the design on the front of the Hoodie or T-shirt.


Ordering information: 


First Option:  Print out the order form (download 1.0 MB PDF file) and submit it with payment (make checks out to: Mohawk Music Association)
                -  in person (leave it at the Mohawk front desk in the office or give it to Scott or Gina - who will put it in the MMA mailbox at Mohawk)
                - or mail (Mohawk Music Association, c/o Emily Robertson

Second Option:  Order Online and pay with Paypal
                use dropdown boxes (below) and "Add to Cart" buttons to choose style and size
                "View Cart" to adjust quantity per item
                click "continue shopping" to add more styles and sizes
                checkout and pay online with a credit card using Paypal
               [Aug. 2014 update: Online ordering links removed.]


Wear your new Hoodie or T-shirt proudly

and show your support for 

Mohawk Arts!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Meeting

Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday) night!

We will be meeting at 5:30 in the cafeteria to get potatoes for the Ashfield Festival ready for pick up.

Our regular MMA meeting will begin at 6:30 and will be held in the far end of the cafeteria so we can be available for those picking up potatoes.

For those who have agreed to bake potatoes, please come between 7 - 8 pm to the cafeteria door on the right side of the building.  For those who have not yet signed up to bake potatoes, you can contact Sherry Taylor (staylor@mohawkmusicassociation.org), or just show up tomorrow night between 7 - 8 and we can give you potatoes and a time slot!

If anyone has anything for the agenda, they should email Sherry Taylor (staylor@mohawkmusicassociation.org).

Thank you for your support, we hope to see you there!

Nikki Miller
Secretary