Sunday, November 23, 2014

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's November 23, 2014 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

Concert Chorus performs at Mary Lyon Spelling Bee
The High School Concert Chorus and Select Chorus have had great performances this month! Concert Chorus sang at the Mary Lyon Spelling Bee, and Select Chorus sang with Hilltown Harmony in a benefit concert for Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear us!

Read below about our current fundraisers, our up-coming Winter Concert, and Valley Gives Day!

Fundraising – Coupon Books
Students participating in the trip to Virginia are offering valuable coupon books for sale. The books are being 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! There are also 4 coupons for $6 off a purchase of $50 or more at Big Y. The Big Y coupons make the books well worth the cost! Ask a music student for more information, or email me at  

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 the MMA website.

Winter Concert – Dec. 9, 6:30pm
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Winter Concert! Tuesday December 9, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Auditorium. Middle and High School Bands and Choirs will be performing a great selection of music! This concert is free and open to the public. See you there!

Valley Gives Day – December 10
On December 10, 2014, the Mohawk Music Association is participating in Valley Gives Day! Valley Gives Day is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages individuals to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities in just twenty-four hours. Throughout the day, donors will be randomly chosen and your gift may be amplified with a Golden Ticket adding $1,000 in support of our organization. Please mark your calendars and help us win! Thank you.
To maximize our organization’s success on Valley Gives Day, we need you to help us with these three things:
1) Mark 12.10.14 on your calendar and bookmark our Valley Gives 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.

Mohawk Music Promo Video
Follow the link below to check out a promo video about Mohawk Music:  
The music in this video was performed by our High School Choral Students at the Riverside Church during their trip to NYC in April, 2014. The voiceover is Mohawk Music alumna and WHAI / Bear Country 95.3 's own "Hannah the Intern". Out of over 400 eligible non-profit organizations who signed up for Valley Gives Day this year, the Mohawk Music Association won 16th place in a promotional video contest!!!  

Save the Date – Benefit Dinner December 13
Music students will be hosting a Ham Dinner at  Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne on Saturday evening, December 13 at 6:00 pm. Dinner is $10. Children 11 and under $5. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested! Call 625-0127 to make your reservations!

Middle School Music News from Ms. Glover

On December 23rd Mohawk middle school 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!

Middle School Concert Chorus
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!

Wednesday, December 10 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 support Mohawk music programs through this event. The link to the MMA website's Valley Gives landing page is

The Arts at Mohawk

 We are eagerly anticipating Mohawk’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the weekend of December 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.  Students have been preparing for this production through rehearsals, preparing the set, and learning how to use the lighting and sound systems.  Leanne Blaszak, 7th grade ELA teacher, is directing this production. 

We are also preparing for our All-School Musical in March.  In the coming weeks All-School Musical Director Shelley Roberts will be sharing information about the musical and audition schedules.  Ms. Roberts and Middle School Music Teacher Gina Glover will be visiting all the elementary schools in our school system on Tuesday, December 16 to work with 5th and 6th grade students who are interested in participating in our All-School Musical.