Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mohawk Ensembles Competing in NYC Music Festival

 The Mohawk High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will be traveling to New York City next week (April 24-27.) They will be participating in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival and Competition.

 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. Mohawk students will be competing with schools that have fewer than 500 students.

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 are the itinerary highlights:  

Thursday, April 24 depart from Mohawk and travel via coach bus to New York City. Attend an afternoon performance of the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater, then dinner, followed by check in at the hotel.

The Riverside Church
Friday, April 25 is the music festival. After breakfast at the hotel, we will bus to the Riverside Church in Manhattan for the festival performances. 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 in the Times Square area and then return to the hotel for an evening pool party.

Saturday, April 26 will be a day of sight-seeing and activities. In the morning 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.
Circle Line Cruise

Sunday, April 27 check out of the hotel in the morning and return to Mohawk by late afternoon.