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!