Sunday, November 9, 2014

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's November 9, 2014 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
November is off to a great start for Mohawk Music! Read below about our recent Rock Band Concert with Trailer Park. Also below you can find info about our up-coming events.

Rock Band Concert Recap
photo credit: Trailer Park Facebook page
Rock Band students had a great night last Friday! Student rockers performed an hour of great music in the Mohawk Auditorium, including classics like “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Blackbird,” along with more current hits like “All About That Bass.” This was the debut performance for many Mohawk students, and everyone did a great job! Student emcees Nick Brown and Leif Miraglia introduced each act and entertained the crowd with their comedic antics. Stage Tech students were also involved in the event this year as stage managers and lighting technicians, which gave the event a more organized and professional vibe.

In the second half of the concert “the ten-legged rock and roll machine,” otherwise known as Trailer Park, brought the house down! Students danced their hearts out in front of the stage and got to see first-hand how a successful band puts on a great show.  Proceeds from this event benefited the Mohawk Music Association! Visit their website for some great photos of the concert: 

Several members of Trailer Park will be coming to the music room on Monday for a follow-up visit with our Rock Band class.

Chorus will perform at Mary Lyon Spelling Bee - Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30pm
Come to the Mary Lyon Spelling Bee this Thursday! You will be greeted by our High School Concert Chorus in the foyer between 6:00-6:30. Then at 6:30, our singers will help to kick-off the Spelling Bee with a rousing gospel song. You won't want to miss this!   

The Mary Lyon Foundation is a generous supporter of the arts, along with all aspects of high quality education. Last year the Community Spelling Bee raised $7000 for educational projects. We in the music department are delighted to have the opportunity to perform at this important event!

Last year, the Mary Lyon Foundation donated a very important musical instrument to the MusicDepartment: a gong! We use the gong in performances by Concert Band. The gong will also be featured in the Spelling Bee, where it will signal the end of each round.
Gong - a gift to the Mohawk Music Department from the Mary Lyon Foundation

So come on down to the Community Spelling Bee next Thursday, hear some great music…and sit for a spell!
Benefit Concert with Select Chorus and Hilltown Harmony – Nov. 22, 3pm. Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls
Mark your calendars for this very special event! Our Select Chorus will be joining together with the Hilltown Harmony Community Choir in a benefit concert for the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. The concert will be held at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls at 3:00pm. Please be there and show your support for our singers and our community!

Student Wins Senior District Festival Audition
Congratulations to Zach Arfa for his acceptance to the Senior District Festival Chorus! Auditions were held at Westfield State University on Saturday morning, November 8, and preliminary results were posted that evening online. As a member of the prestigious, highly selective Senior District Festival Chorus, Zach will be performing at UMass in January in the Senior Districts Music Festival.
The Western District of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association hosts two annual music festivals at UMass; the Junior Districts Festival for students in middle school grades, and the Senior Districts Festival for students in high school grades. Each festival features an honor choir, honor band, honor orchestra, and honor jazz band made up of the students from around the region who are accepted by audition. Students in these ensembles have the opportunity to work with prestigious guest conductors and perform music that is more challenging than what can typically be done in high school music programs.
Congrats again, Zach!

Fundraising – Coupon Books
Students participating in the trip to Virginia will soon be offering valuable coupon books for sale. The books will be sold for $25 each, and they include some great coupons to Big Y, like four coupons for 10% off entire purchase - no matter how big! The Big Y coupons make the books well worth the cost! Ask a music student for more information.

Tote Bag
Fundraising – Tote Bags
Tote Bags are still available! These are very practical, and they make great gifts! You can find them in the Local Goods Catalog, and also at theMMA website.

Winter Concert – Tuesday, December 9, 6:30pm
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Winter Concert! Tuesday December 9, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Auditorium. See you there!

Mohawk students attend performance on Broadway
On Wednesday, November 5th approximately 75 Mohawk students travelled to New York City to see “Aladdin” on Broadway. All students and chaperones had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the show! It was a great experience for music students to see a live professional performance.

December 10th is Valley Gives Day! This was one of Mohawk Music Association's largest fundraising events last year and we're hoping for even greater success this year. The MMA is looking for 150 to donate just $10 to through this event.
Please go to the following link to watch our video Also see the Valley Gives page on our website for more information

We are asking that you keep in mind 3 important details:
1) Mark 12.10.14 on your calendar and bookmark our Valley Gives donation page.
2) Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and help build excitement for Valley Gives by using the hashtag: #ValleyGives.
3) Help spread the word! Send a link for this website page to your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on 12.10.14.

We will also be making an announcement at our Winter Concert (December 9th at 6:30p.m.), which will be held just one day before Valley Gives.

Middle School Music News:
On December 23rd Mohawk MS chorus, and 8th grade band students will be performing at the Shelburne Senior Center. This event is open to the public and will begin at 1:00. Students will perform several concert selections as well as lead a sing-along of holiday carols. Please join us if you can!

Reminder: Our concert is coming soon! Now is the time to gather “concert dress” pieces: Black socks, Black dress shoes, and Black dress pants. Tuxedo shirts and vests will be provided by Mohawk.

Please remember to check the MS Music class pages!

Upcoming Performances:
Concert Chorus will be performing at the Mary Lyon Spelling Bee on Thursday, November 13, 6:30 pm in the Mohawk Auditorium. 
Select Chorus will be joining Hilltown Harmony for a benefit concert on Saturday, November 22, 3:00pm, Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls. 
Winter Concert, December 9, 6:30pm, Mohawk Auditorium. 
Middle School Chorus and 8th grade Band will perform at the Shelburne Senior Center on December 23 at 1:00.  This event is open to the public; students will perform several concert selections as well as lead a sing-along of holiday carols.