Sunday, December 7, 2014

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's December 6, 2014 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
This December, join us in the Mohawk Music Department as we give a warm welcome to winter with our concerts, events, community outreach, and philanthropy! This is the season for celebration, togetherness, and giving. In that spirit, I want to invite you to take part in our wonderful events this month: hear the fantastic work of our music students; have a meal with us; sing carols with us; encourage friends and family to go online and support us – You’ll be glad that you did!

Since this is also the season for giving, the Mohawk Music Association and I are hoping you can help support our music students. Please consider inviting your friends and family near and far to make a donation to the MMA on Valley Gives Day. Donations of any size are welcome, and any donation could win an additional $1000 for our students! Wouldn’t that give you a warm fuzzy feeling? More info on Valley Gives Day is below, along with details about all of our events this month.

Thank you, I hope to see you soon!
Scott Halligan

Winter Concert – Tuesday, December 9, 6:30pm
Snow Date: Wednesday, December 17, 6:30pm
Our annual Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 9, at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Auditorium! Middle and High School Bands and Choirs will be performing a great selection of music including pop songs, folk music, Celtic music, Gospel, and Holiday Favorites! There will also be some great raffle prizes, and of course concessions will be available during intermission. This concert is free and open to the public. You won’t want to miss this! Bring your friends and family for some winter warmth! I hope to see you there!

Select Chorus at Charlemont Senior Center – Wednesday, December 10
The Select Chorus will be visiting the Charlemont Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 10, where they will sing carols and selections from their repertoire.

Benefit Dinner – Saturday, December 13, 6:00 pm – RSVP
Music students will be preparing and serving a ham dinner on Saturday Dec. 13 at 6pm at Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Rd, Shelburne. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit students' trip to Williamsburg, Virginia in April 2015 for the Heritage Performance Festival.  Dinner is $10. Children 11 and under $5.
Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested! Call 625-0127 to make your reservations!

Seussical Auditions – Thursday, December 18, 2:30-5:30
Students interested in taking part in this year’s all-school musical – SEUSSICAL – come to auditions after school on Dec. 18! Those who would like a role should prepare a song from the audition packet, available in the music room or the front office. Students interested in working on sets, lighting, and other technical aspects of the show should come to the audition at 2:30pm for a brief meeting about the production. Even if you have never been on stage before and are interested, please come to auditions, we’d love to talk to you about the show!  Please email Shelley Roberts if you have questions sroberts@mohawkschools.org See you there!

Caroling in Northampton – Sunday, December 21, noon-4:00 pm
Mohawk’s student singers will be spending an afternoon spreading Holiday Cheer in Northampton on Sunday, Dec. 21! Stop by and treat yourself to some caroling outside of First Church on Main Street (near Urban Outfitters).

Fundraising – Valley Gives Day – Dec. 10
This is the season for giving!
Valley Gives Day is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages individuals to donate to their favorite charities – like the Mohawk Music Association! Throughout the day, donors will be randomly chosen and their gift may be amplified with a Golden Ticket adding up to $1,000 in support of our students!

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. You might also want to send them a link to our great promo video.

The MMA says: “We greatly appreciate donations of any size. If you don't have a lot to give, there are many other ways to help. You can start right now by sharing this webpage with family and friends via email, Facebook, or Twitter. In addition, we depend on volunteers and always welcome the involvement of new families and community members.”

Mohawk Music Promo Video
Follow the link below to check out a beautiful promo video about Mohawk Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xf8FBRQSEho
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!!!

 
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.
These Big Y coupons make the books well worth the cost! Ask a music student for more information, or email me at shalliganwithmohawkschools.org 

Fundraising – Tote Bags
Tote Bags are still available! These are very practical, and they make great gifts! You can find them at the MMA website.

Middle School Music News:
On Tuesday, 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! https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/middle-school-music/


Seussical Auditions on Thursday, December 18, from 2:30-5:30 pm.
Students interested in taking part in this year’s all-school musical – SEUSSICAL – come to auditions after school on Thursday, December 18! Those who would like a role should prepare a song from the audition packet, available in the music room or the front office. Students interested in working on sets, lighting, and other technical aspects of the show should come to the audition at 2:30 pm for a brief meeting about the production. Even if you have never been on stage before and are interested, please come to auditions, we’d love to talk to you about the show!  Please email Shelley Roberts if you have questions sroberts@mohawkschools.org See you there!