Friday, January 31, 2014

Mohawk Classes of 1968 to 1979 Planning Reunion

The most recent issue of the Shelburne Falls & West County Independent has an article about a multi-year Mohawk Class Reunion being planned by two alums.


"the organizers encourage interested alumni to contact them by e-mail at jogiguere@mohawkschools.org or tammy@shelburnefallsbowling.com "

A pdf copy of the article may be downloaded here.

Reunion website:   http://mohawkreunion1968-1979.com/

Facebook page:  Mohawk Trail Regional High School 10+2 Reunion 1968 - 1979
https://www.facebook.com/MTRHS1968thru1979Reunion
Mohawk Trail Regional High School's first twelve year reunion. Gather with old friends from classes 1968-1979.

Class of 1968, Class of 1969, Class of 1970, Class of 1971, Class of 1972, Class of 1973, Class of 1974, Class of 1975, Class of 1976, Class of 1977, Class of 1978, Class of 1979.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

We're Off to See the Wizard!



Director/Producer Shelley Roberts reports that Mohawk will be performing the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) 1988 version of The Wizard of Oz, licensed from Tams Witmark.

This stage version closely follows the story as told by the classic 1939 MGM movie, and includes the familiar scenes and popular songs:
  • Over The Rainbow
  • Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)
  • If I Only Had A Brain
  • If I Only Had A Heart
  • If I Only Had The Nerve
  • We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road)
  • The Poppies (Optimistic Voices)
  • The Merry Old Land of Oz
  • If I Were King Of The Forest
  • The Jitterbug
This show will be a real crowd pleaser! Make sure you save a date for one or more of the performances in the Mohawk Trail Regional High School auditorium:
  • Friday, Mar. 7, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Mar. 8, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Mar. 9, at 2:00 p.m.
  • SNOW DATES March, 14, 15, & 16

Monday, January 20, 2014

Wizard of Oz Update

Director Shelley Roberts shares The Wizard of Oz updates in Principal Lynn Dole's January 20, 2014 Newsletter:

Cast Update

The cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz have experienced two weeks of rehearsals! Everyone has been working really hard and showing up with great attitudes! If we keep working this hard for the next few weeks it’s going to be a great show! 

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 our 5th and 6th grade friends from the elementary schools joined us for a full cast number. The full cast number we worked on was the Munchkinland Sequence, which is Act 1, scenes 6 & 7 when Dorothy first comes to Oz.  There were A LOT of students on the stage and we had a lot of blocking to learn!  

I was so impressed at how fast they learned the material and how awesome they were to work with!  Keep up the good work everyone!


Crew Update

Behind the scenes, on Tuesday, January 14 we held a very productive stage crew meeting! I’m super excited to have an enthusiastic, creative team on board! In addition to the student stage crew members we have a lot of teacher and parent support too! 

Mohawk school nurse Michelle LaRocque is our sets and props leader. Seventh grade teacher Sean Conlon is our lights and mics extraordinaire. Mohawk Technology Specialist Virginia Wiswell has jumped on board too! Parent Barb Harris has offered to help lead the way with makeup and parent Maryellen Abbatiello is our hair stylist. Eighth grade teacher Jana Purington, and parents Kei Malone and Shauna Deatly have offered to help with costumes. Retired Mohawk District Music Educator Eva Otten has started coming to rehearsals to help with blocking and music! Choreographer Kim Williams came in and choreographed the Jitterbug and it was so fun! Middle school music teacher Gina Glover has been a terrific help with the 5th & 6th graders and Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan is our wonderful music director!  The Mohawk Music Association is taking care of concessions for the shows.  

All of these people have reached out to me to offer their help. The goal for this production is to have parents and teachers mentor ultimately the students are doing everything to make this show happen. All of the people I’ve mentioned have a coterie of students ready to help but we always welcome more help. If you are a student, parent, teacher or community member and want to help please send me an email expressing your interest! We want you to come and join the fun!

I also want to take a moment to thank Facilities/Transportation Manager Robin Pease, the elementary school principals, Mohawk Principal Lynn Dole, and Superintendent Michael Buoniconti for making transportation accessible for the elementary school students to make it to rehearsals! It was a group effort and I appreciate it and I know the students do too.

All the best,

Shelley Roberts
Producer/Director All-School Musical
sroberts@mohawkschools.org

The Arts at Mohawk

From Principal Lynn Dole's January 20, 2014 Newsletter:


The Wizard of Oz  - See this post for all the exciting news: http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/wizard-of-oz-update.html


Music at Mohawk 

January 10 Concert was a Rocking Success

Mohawk Rock Band Students
Mohawk Rock Band students, with help from professional rockers Trailer Park, brought the house down last Friday, January 10! They performed in a benefit concert for the Mohawk Music Association in the Mohawk Auditorium in front of a large and energetic audience. The concert was produced by Mohawk sophomore Julian Diamond. 
Tom Mahnken
After the Mohawk Rock Bands' portion of the evening, Trailer Park took the stage. Trailer Park is a class act - guitar, bass, drums, and two tenor saxophones. Featuring Mohawk Alumnus Tom Mahnken, the band combines a rock-n-roll sound with New Orleans-style party music. They came out to help us raise money to support music students at Mohawk, and to show us all a good time, too! The area in front of the stage was filled with dancing students, parents, recent graduates, kids, and community members. It was a very successful, very special, very fun night!
For photos, please follow this link:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/benefit-concert-thanks-and-photos.html


Vocal ensemble performances

Mohawk’s Select Chorus performed at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Friday, January 17. They were the opening act for the Pothole Pictures screening of the film "McCABE & MRS. MILLER."
For more information, follow this link:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/select-chorus-performing-at-pothole.html

Mohawk High School Choirs will also be singing in a special high school assembly on January 31, dedicated to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The presentation will include what are called "songs of the struggle," which are the protest songs sung by South Africa's people as they struggled to free themselves from apartheid.


Mohawk student Zach Arfa competes at District Music Festival

Mohawk sophomore Zach Arfa performed at the Western District Senior Festival Concert at the Umass Fine Arts Center last Saturday. Having won a place in the 2014 Senior Festival Chorus by successfully auditioning in November, Zach took the FAC stage on Saturday with 202 other talented young singers from Western Massachusetts. They performed a brilliant program of choral music to an audience of thousands. Zach plans to audition for the All State Music Festival later in January. Good luck Zach!
For more information about the Senior District Music Festival, follow this link:
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2014/01/senior-district-festival-concert-at.html


Check the Class Pages for more information

Screenshot of Music links on the Mohawk website
Middle school music teacher Gina Glover reminds parents and students to check the Class Pages feature of the website (High School Music  Middle School Music) and the Mohawk Music Association Facebook page and the Mohawk Music Department Facebook page for up-to-date information on assignments, rehearsal schedules and performances.


Visual Arts on Display

Mohawk students will again be participating in the Annual Teen Art Exhibit at Artspace Gallery in Greenfield. The exhibit showcases students from all over Franklin County. It runs from January 13,2014 through February 14, 2014. The gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 1-6 and Saturday, February 8 from 11-3. There is an opening reception on Friday, January 24 from 5:30-7:30. The following Mohawk students have art on display: Brianna Gray, Sara Paige, Josh Hutchins, Asia Whitaker, Heidi Phelps, Sequoia LeBeau, Cailin Duncan, and Samantha Cairns.  Art teacher Mary Jane Johnson coordinates Mohawk’s participation in this local art exhibit each year.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Benefit Concert Thanks and Photos

It was a great concert last Friday night in the Mohawk auditorium. Mohawk's Rock Band students led off with a one hour set, followed by Trailer Park who played for and hour and a half and then followed up with 4 encore songs! The audience loved the show - many spent the night dancing in front of the stage. Thank you to all the musicians who made this a special night!

Special thanks to Julian Diamond, the Mohawk student who organized this event as part of an independent study.

Sue Cole shared a few photos from the evening.

Noah performing "All or Nothing" by Theory of a Dead Man

Ashley, Kai, Leif, and Noah performing "My Girl" by The Temptations

Kai and Leif performing "My Girl" by The Temptations

Mike, Kai, Drew, Tyler (standing), and Joe performing "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic

Alex, Nicolai, Paige, and Cailin  performing "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes

Cassie and Hannah performing "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes


Ashley and Tess performing "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes

"Sonic Toast" closes the student performances (Avery, Erik (on drums), Caleb, and Johnny) performing "When I'm Gone" by 3 Doors Down
Tom Mahnken, a Mohawk alum, plays the bass and sings for Trailer Park


Rick Page (red shirt)and Greg Lauzon (orange shirt) on the saxophones joined by Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan on the cornet performing "Monkey Man" and "A Message to You Rudy," both by The Specials
Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan accompanies Trailer Park with his cello
Rick, Scott, and Greg

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Select Chorus Performing at Pothole Pictures


Mohawk Select Chorus

Memorial Hall logo
Mohawk's Select Chorus is performing at Pothole Pictures in Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls on Friday, January 17 at 7:00 pm.

The Select Chorus will sing:
  • The Storm is Passing Over 
  • South African Trilogy 
  • Take O Take 
  • White Winter Hymnal 
  • Scarborough Fair
  • also two duets by Zach and Tess
The Select Chorus performance will be followed at 7:30 pm by the showing of the movie "McCABE & MRS. MILLER."

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.
Pothole Pictures

Thursday, January 9, 2014

"give a little back"

The Mohawk Music Association is excited and proud to welcome Tom Mahnken back for Trailer Park's second performance at Mohawk!

Tom Mahnken performing on Mohawk's stage in 2012. Photo credit: Trailer Park's Facebook page
Trailer Park's bassist and vocalist Tom Mahnken graduated from Mohawk in 1986. In an article in today's Recorder (Sounds Local: Trailer Park brings the party to Mohawk) about the benefit concert at the school on Friday night he said 
“I was very involved in the music program, playing in the jazz band and concert band and in the several school musicals,” Mahnken said. “I loved all my music time at Mohawk. It gave me a lot of opportunities in different types of music. A lot of exploring! I welcome the opportunity to give a little back.”

According to Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan, another way Tom is "giving back" is by coming to Mohawk on Friday to meet with the Rock Band students during their class time. He'll play some music with them, and talk about his experiences as a professional musician.


The Recorder, 1/9/14. pg D1
The Recorder, 1/9/14. pg D5

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Get the word out to all your friends and family:  the place to be this Friday night is in the auditorium at Mohawk, rocking to the great sounds of Trailer Park and the Mohawk Rock Band!


Mohawk Music is kicking off 2014 with a very special, student-produced Benefit Concert!

Featuring:  Mohawk Rock Band students - and special guest - Trailer Park.


Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7pm
Mohawk High School Auditorium.
Suggested contribution:
$10 adults, $5 children, Mohawk students free!
Proceeds benefit the Mohawk Music Association.

 This concert is being produced by Mohawk sophomore Julian Diamond.
For student rockers, this concert will be the culmination of their semester working together collaboratively and will feature performances of classic rock songs, modern rock songs, and original songs.

Trailer Park is a professional rock band that has logged over 700 shows throughout New England. Trailer Park performed on the Mohawk Stage in 2012's Alumni Concert, and we are delighted to have them back for this Benefit

Monday, January 6, 2014

Trailer Park Headlining Benefit Concert




Mohawk Music is kicking off 2014 with a very special, student-produced Benefit Concert! 

Featuring:  Mohawk Rock Band students - and special guest - Trailer Park.

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7pm
Mohawk High School Auditorium.

Suggested contribution:
$10 adults, $5 children, Mohawk students free!

Proceeds benefit the Mohawk Music Association.

For student rockers, this concert will be the culmination of their semester working together collaboratively and will feature performances of classic rock songs, modern rock songs, and original songs.

Trailer Park is a professional rock band that has logged over 700 shows throughout New England. Mohawk alumnus Tom Mahnken is a member of the band. Trailer Park performed on the Mohawk Stage in 2012's Alumni Concert, and we are delighted to have them back for this Benefit.

This concert is being produced by Mohawk sophomore Julian Diamond.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

MMA Meeting

The next Mohawk Music Association meeting will be this coming Tuesday, January 7, at 6:30 pm in the school library.

NOTE: This date is a change from our usual schedule (January 14) so we may prepare for the Benefit Concert on January 10. The January 14 meeting time also conflicts with a 7th grade family potluck supper.

Preliminary agenda (not in order; other items may be added)
  •  Benefit Concert on Friday night 
  • T-Shirt/Hoodie sales ("I Support the Arts! Mohawk Trail Regional Schools")
  • Performance Attire 
  • Open House (Thursday, Feb. 6)
  • Scott - Music Director's report
  • Gina - Middle School Music Director's report
  • Shelley  - All-School Musical report
  • Treasurer's report
  • Secretary's report

The Arts at Mohawk

From Principal Lynn Dole's January 4, 2014 Newsletter:


Mohawk Music is kicking off 2014 with a very special, student-produced Benefit Concert! Featuring: Mohawk Rock Band students - and special guest - Trailer Park.

Friday, January 10, 7pm Mohawk Auditorium.

$10 adults, $5 children, Mohawk students free!

Proceeds benefit the Mohawk Music Association.

For student rockers, this concert will be the culmination of their semester working together collaboratively and will feature performances of classic rock songs, modern rock songs, and original songs.

Trailer Park is a professional rock band that has logged over 700 shows throughout New England. Mohawk alumnus Tom Mahnken is a member of the band. Trailer Park performed on the Mohawk Stage in 2012's Alumni Concert, and we are delighted to have them back for this Benefit.

This concert is being produced by Mohawk sophomore Julian Diamond. Julian is involved in an independent study connected to concert production. After envisioning this benefit concert, and with Music Director Scott Halligan, Principal Lynn Dole, and the MMA as allies, Julian coordinated the details of the event, acted as liaison with professional artists Trailer Park, and wrote and submitted press releases to the media. The concert will be a great achievement for this young student leader.

Here is a link to a recent article in the Shelburne Falls Independent about this very special event:

http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2013/12/trailer-park-benefit-concert-written-up.html


The Students in the Middle and High School Music Department gave a fantastic Winter Concert on December 12!

Middle School Music Teacher Gina Glover writes: Thank you all for attending our winter concert on December 12. The students were great and really appreciate all of your support, as do I! After vacation we will be diving into rehearsals for the Wizard of Oz. it was wonderful to see so many students auditioning! (We had many elementary students too!). Please remember to check my class pages weekly; we have a busy Spring coming up with concerts, a trip to Boston, and competition at Six Flags planned.


Mohawk Music Association President Sherry Taylor reports that the fundraising initiative associated with the Winter Concert and Valley Gives Day was successful. She writes about the December 12 concert:
 “Thank you to Scott and Gina for all their hard work putting it together. Thank you to all the students for their wonderful performance and making us proud! Please pass this on to your children for me.

Also, thank you to all the support given to the MMA on Valley Gives Day. Through Valley Gives on-line and donations given to us at the concert last night, we raised over $1,700. What a great community we live in!”

Sherry Taylor
Mohawk Music Association President


The Wizard of Oz is coming to Mohawk!

Greetings,

This has been a very exciting month to say the least! Gina Glover, Scott Halligan and I have had the privilege of auditioning so many talented students! We are delighted by all of the talent and the turnout for auditions was fantastic. It made casting a challenge, which is a wonderful situation to be in because we have a great cast!

Rehearsals begin this coming week. For a detailed rehearsal schedule and updates, check out The Wizard of Oz under Class Pages on the Mohawk website:  http://classes.mohawkschools.org/index.php?board=700.0

This production is going to be a lot of work but it will also be tons of fun! If you are interested in helping out in any way please contact Shelley Roberts at sroberts@mohawkschools.org or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Lastly, make sure to mark your calendars for the Wizard of Oz: Friday, March 7, 2013 and Saturday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00p.m. AND Sunday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00p.m.

Best,

Shelley Roberts
Director, All-School Musical

Friday, January 3, 2014

Senior District Festival Concert at UMass Jan. 11

Mohawk sophomore Zach Arfa will be performing with a group of advanced high school singers in the Western District Music Festival Chorus at the UMass Fine Arts Center on January 11 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $7.00.

Several Mohawk Music students auditioned at Westfield State University on November 9, which included singing a solo, two scales, and sight-singing. This audition ended up being very competitive, but Zach's audition received an extremely high score. Zach plans to audition for the All-State Honor Chorus in January, and is already practicing!


The MMEA Music Festivals 

The Mohawk Music Department is a member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), which is a state unit of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). MMEA has over 1,500 members and its goal is to advance and strengthen music education in Massachusetts.

One of the ways Mohawk benefits from the MMEA is through its participation in the District Music Festivals. These are annual events with orchestra, band, jazz and chorus performances whose musicians are selected through audition. There are five districts in Massachusetts; Mohawk belongs to the Western District. The Junior District Music Festival is open to 7th-9th graders for orchestra, chorus, band and jazz. The Senior District Music Festival is open to 10th-12th graders. The musicians who perform especially well in their Senior District audition are recommended for an audition to the All-State Music Festival.

(Credit:  Weston High School Music Department for the summary of the MMEA Music Festivals.)