Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Arts at Mohawk

From Principal Lynn Dole's May 10, 2014 Newsletter:

Music News
High School Music
Student performers in the High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus have brought home victories from New York City! On April 25, they participated in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival and competed against schools from across the country and Canada. The festival took place in the stunning Riverside Church in New York City. After each of the groups performed, judges from the festival also spent time coaching them on stage. They were very complimentary of our performances.  Mohawk’s Concert Band came in 3rd in their division with a Bronze. Senior Kai Herzig conducted one of the selections for the band. Concert Chorus won a Gold 1st in the 1A Mixed Choir division, and Select Chorus won Gold 1st in the 1A Chamber Choir division! Sophomore soloist Sarah Malone won the festival's prestigious Maestro Award for "extraordinary musical ability and sensitivity." It was a very good day for us! 
Other activities on the trip included seeing "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, learning a scene from that show in a Broadway workshop, and taking a dinner cruise around Manhattan. 
For more info and photos from the festival, go to: 

Middle School Music
On Saturday, May 3 students from the Mohawk Middle School Band and Chorus participated in the Music in the Parks festival at Six Flags New England. Students performed at Holyoke High School and were able to watch performances from schools from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Hampshire. The Mohawk Band and Chorus each received a first place rating in their category with a rating of good for the band and an excellent for the chorus. Students then enjoyed a day riding the rides at Six Flags!

Upcoming performances:
*Wednesday ,May 21st: Spring Concert - 6:30p.m.
*Monday, May 26th: Memorial Day parade - BAND ONLY - meeting at West Branch Cemetery in Colrain at 9:00.
*Thursday, May 29th: Band students invited to perform with HS band for senior awards night.(time TBA)
*Sunday, June 1st: Band students invited to perform at Graduation -(students arrive at 1:30)
Friday, June 13th: MS/HS ensembles perform at BSE, Colrain and Sanderson
Monday, June 16th: MS/HS ensembles perform at Heath, and Hawlemont/Rowe

Mary Lyon Foundation Celebrates Local Education at the Spring Lyonnaise on Sunday, May 18
The annual Spring Lyonnaise sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation will be held this year on Sunday afternoon, May 18 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls. This free event, a celebration of excellence in local education, is open to the public. There will be music, awards, raffle prizes, student exhibits and a presentation by the 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Anne Marie Bettencourt. The very first Massachusetts Teacher of the Year was Roy Frude, a beloved Arms Academy science teacher.   All are welcome to attend!

Music Program
This year the Mary Lyon Foundation donated a very large gong to the music department at Mohawk. It will be used in a wide variety of presentations as well as sounding the end of each round in the annual Community Spelling Bee.

ARTeens Art Exhibition
The ARTeens program ends this year with a Teen Exhibition and fund-raising event that opens on May 31, 2014 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Several Mohawk students have participated in this program and they will be sharing their creative work.  They are also inviting other students to submit their work for inclusion in this art exhibit.  The exhibit runs from May 31 to June 27. 

WHAT: Teen Art Exhibit

WHERE: The ArtGarden, 14 Depot St. in Shelburne Falls (in the Trolley Museum Building)

WHEN DOES THE EXHIBIT RUN: May 31st – June 27th

(Since some art doesn’t hang on walls, performances are welcome at the reception.
Call The Art Garden for details and to sign up.)

WHEN DOES THE ART WORK GET DROPPED OFF:  May 21 - May 23 between 1-5pm

WHEN DOES THE ART WORK GET PICKED UP:  After the show is over, June 28 - July 3

OTHER DETAILS: If possible, your work should be ready to hang (for 2D work) or display (for 3D work).  We will hang at least one piece by every teen, but feel free to submit more than one piece.

The exhibit is part of a fund-raising event on May 31st for ARTeens, a free afterschool program for Franklin County youth. It is also one of The Art Garden’s on-going community exhibits, funded in part by Local Cultural Councils including Conway.

     The Art Garden   413.625.2782
     Phyllis Labanowski