Monday, January 20, 2014

The Arts at Mohawk

From Principal Lynn Dole's January 20, 2014 Newsletter:


The Wizard of Oz  - See this post for all the exciting news: http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/wizard-of-oz-update.html


Music at Mohawk 

January 10 Concert was a Rocking Success

Mohawk Rock Band Students
Mohawk Rock Band students, with help from professional rockers Trailer Park, brought the house down last Friday, January 10! They performed in a benefit concert for the Mohawk Music Association in the Mohawk Auditorium in front of a large and energetic audience. The concert was produced by Mohawk sophomore Julian Diamond. 
Tom Mahnken
After the Mohawk Rock Bands' portion of the evening, Trailer Park took the stage. Trailer Park is a class act - guitar, bass, drums, and two tenor saxophones. Featuring Mohawk Alumnus Tom Mahnken, the band combines a rock-n-roll sound with New Orleans-style party music. They came out to help us raise money to support music students at Mohawk, and to show us all a good time, too! The area in front of the stage was filled with dancing students, parents, recent graduates, kids, and community members. It was a very successful, very special, very fun night!
For photos, please follow this link:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/benefit-concert-thanks-and-photos.html


Vocal ensemble performances

Mohawk’s Select Chorus performed at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Friday, January 17. They were the opening act for the Pothole Pictures screening of the film "McCABE & MRS. MILLER."
For more information, follow this link:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/select-chorus-performing-at-pothole.html

Mohawk High School Choirs will also be singing in a special high school assembly on January 31, dedicated to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The presentation will include what are called "songs of the struggle," which are the protest songs sung by South Africa's people as they struggled to free themselves from apartheid.


Mohawk student Zach Arfa competes at District Music Festival

Mohawk sophomore Zach Arfa performed at the Western District Senior Festival Concert at the Umass Fine Arts Center last Saturday. Having won a place in the 2014 Senior Festival Chorus by successfully auditioning in November, Zach took the FAC stage on Saturday with 202 other talented young singers from Western Massachusetts. They performed a brilliant program of choral music to an audience of thousands. Zach plans to audition for the All State Music Festival later in January. Good luck Zach!
For more information about the Senior District Music Festival, follow this link:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/senior-district-festival-concert-at.html


Check the Class Pages for more information

Screenshot of Music links on the Mohawk website
Middle school music teacher Gina Glover reminds parents and students to check the Class Pages feature of the website (High School Music  Middle School Music) and the Mohawk Music Association Facebook page and the Mohawk Music Department Facebook page for up-to-date information on assignments, rehearsal schedules and performances.


Visual Arts on Display

Mohawk students will again be participating in the Annual Teen Art Exhibit at Artspace Gallery in Greenfield. The exhibit showcases students from all over Franklin County. It runs from January 13,2014 through February 14, 2014. The gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 1-6 and Saturday, February 8 from 11-3. There is an opening reception on Friday, January 24 from 5:30-7:30. The following Mohawk students have art on display: Brianna Gray, Sara Paige, Josh Hutchins, Asia Whitaker, Heidi Phelps, Sequoia LeBeau, Cailin Duncan, and Samantha Cairns.  Art teacher Mary Jane Johnson coordinates Mohawk’s participation in this local art exhibit each year.