Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's May 25, 2015 Newsletter:

Mohawk Middle School Band participating in the Memorial Day ceremony at the West Branch Cemetery in Colrain.

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
This is a busy time of year for students in the music department!  Below you can find infornation about our recent Spring Concert, a visit we had with Dr. Kathy Bullock, the Senior Music Banquet, Memorial Day Ceremonies, Student-run Workshops, Senior Awards Night, and Graduation.  Applications for Tri-M and registrations for Band Camp are due June 1.
Scott Halligan

Spring Concert video is online!
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Spring Concert on May 14 in the Mohawk Auditorium!  If you missed it, or if you want to see it again, you can watch it online!  Falls Cable has posted video of the concert on their website.  Here is a link: http://fallscable.com/?portfolio=mohawk-spring-concert-may-14-2015
This was a very special night.  Feel free to forward the link to friends and family near and far.  Thank you Falls Cable! More Mohawk videos on Falls Cable: http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2015/05/mohawk-performance-videos-on-falls-cable.html

Special Assembly with Dr. Kathy Bullock
On May 21, Mohawk was privileged to welcome back a very special guest, Dr. Kathy Bullock.  Professor of music at Berea College and expert in African American Music, Dr. Bullock visited Mohawk to work with our singers, and then with our entire student body, on the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement.  With the recent commemorations of the Bloody Sunday March, the movie "Selma," and the recent tragedies involving law enforcement and black Americans, this chapter of American History has become especially meaningful of late.  Dr. Bullock's visit to Mohawk provided our students with an opportunity to engage in our history, and our current moment in America, in a fresh way.  An all-school assembly featured the Concert Chorus performing “Glory” (from the film “Selma”) by John Legend and Common.

Senior Music Banquet
The Senior Music Banquet took place on May 22!  The Mohawk Music Association treated members of the graduating class to dinner and a concert to celebrate their graduation and their time in the music department.  Dinner was at Pizza Paradiso in Northampton, and the concert was Whitehorse plus Lindy Vopnfjord.

May 25, Memorial Day Ceremonies
The High School Marching Band will be performing in parades and services in Ashfield (10am) and Plainfield (1pm).  Middle School Marching Band will perform in Colrain (10am).  Our students play an important role in these meaningful public ceremonies.  Ceremonies will take place rain or shine.

Student-Run Workshops: Theater, and Select Chorus Audition Prep
Members of Tri-M will be offering a theater workshop afterschool on Tuesday to help students prepare for the upcoming Monologues production, “All Talk.”  Also that afternoon, members of Select Chorus will be offering a workshop on audition prep for students interested in trying out for Select Chorus.  The Select Chorus audition date is June 3 after school.

June 4, Senior Awards Night – 6:30pm, Mohawk Auditorium
High School Concert Band will provide processional and recessional music to honor the graduating class.
June 7, Graduation – 1:00pm, Mohawk Football Field
High School Concert Band and members of the Middle School Concert Band will provide processional and recessional music.  The High School Chorus will also perform.
June 8, 11, Elementary School outreach tour
Middle and High School music students will perform at elementary schools to connect with the junior members of our Mohawk community.

Tri-M – Applications are being accepted through June 1
Is your student interested in joining Tri-M?  Mohawk’s Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society is accepting new members!  Tri-M is the international music honor society for high school students.  It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel in music and leadership. Through more than 5,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education. For more information about Tri-M, click here.

Mohawk Warriors Band Camp – August 10-14, 8am-noon – Register by June 1
This summer, concert band students entering grades 9-12 are welcome to sign up for a week of Band Camp!   The registration form and additional information are available at https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/high-school-music/mohawk-warriors-band-camp
Registration deadline is June 1!
$100 per student
Students who qualify for reduced lunch: $50
Students who qualify for free lunch: $0

Middle School Music News from Ms. Glover

It’s been quite a busy spring in the music department! On May 2nd the MS Band and Chorus performed in the Music in the Parks festival at Six Flags New England. These performances were held at Holyoke High School and both groups had the opportunity to perform and watch a few other schools! Then we headed to Six Flags where we spent the rest of the day riding rides. Students also had a dinner together with other schools and then an awards ceremony where the Band received a 1st place “good” and the Chorus a 1st place “excellent” rating!

The next day many of these same students performed at the Mary Lyon Lyonnaise at the Buckland Shelburne Community Center. It was great to see so many dedicated students at this event! Thank you to all who participated!

This past Thursday students in both ensembles performed at our annual Spring Concert. In addition to the MS and HS, we had several special guests from the 6th grade district band and chorus’. It was wonderful to have these students perform with us and we certainly hope that this creates a welcoming relationship to those students who will be arriving next year. The 6th graders who did participate felt very “at ease” with the middle school band and chorus students and are excited to join the ensembles next year!

So what’s next?
Memorial Day: Students in the 7th and 8th grade band will be taking part in the celebration at West Branch cemetery in Colrain once again. We will meet at the cemetery at 9:00a.m., lining up at 9:30 for a 10:00 start. This parade usually ends at about 11:00. Students have already begun practicing their marching skills outside at Mohawk. This is a mandatory performance!
The following is the information that has been sent home with your child, and is also on my Class Pages under: Daily Announcements:

Memorial Day reminders!
The following are a few last minute reminders for this weekend as well as directions to West Branch cemetery in Colrain.
*We are performing at the Colrain Memorial Day celebrations at West Branch Cemetery on Monday May 25th.
*Students should arrive at 9:00a.m. at the cemetery.
*Students should wear: black pants/shoes, and a PLAIN white shirt.
*Students will need to bring their instrument to the cemetery. They should bring them home on Friday, as they might not be able to get into the school on Monday morning.
*I will bring all lyres, flip folders (with music) and percussion
*This is a mandatory event and all students are expected to participate.
*The parade/ceremony will be over at app. 11:00a.m. at which point students are free to go enjoy the rest of their day off.
**In the event of rain we will be performing at the
First Baptist Church
81 Foundry Village Rd, Colrain
**West Branch Cemetery address:
West Branch cemetery is off of Adamsville Rd in Colrain
West Branch Cemetery sets between Adamsville Road and Foundry Village Road.
Thank you for your participation in this important community event!

In class chorus students are working on group projects. Each group has selected a song to learn together, and eventually perform. They are also exploring their creativity by adding instruments, solos and harmony. We will be working on this project from now until the end of the year, with the final project graded as the performance portion of their final exam.

Speaking of finals, each class will be taking a final exam this year. This will consist of a performance portion, as well as a written exam. Please see details and dates below so that your child can plan accordingly. We will also do some work in class. I will be posting all terms, policies and rubrics online, as well as a link to the quizlet, from which I will be taking the exam questions. Please see my Class Pages!

Chorus Final: June 9th
Performance: group work (50 points)
Written: 20 terms (15 for grade 7)

Band Final: June 10th
Performance: (sight-reading, salute to freedom: individual)
Written: 20 terms (15 for grade 7)

Elementary performances:

Both HS and MS ensembles will be performing at our district elementary schools. These performances will be during school on June 8th and June 11th. Students are not required to wear concert dress, however should wear nice clothes, following school dress code guidelines. The performances will be as follows.

June 8th
9:00 - BSE
10:00 - Hawlemont

June 11th
9:00 - Heath
10:30 - Sanderson

**All students must have a signed permission slip in order to attend.

***Please see my new “photos” link in my Class Pages to see pictures from our Six Flags and Lyonnaise performances!

The Arts at Mohawk

The Breakfast Club on May 29 and May 30
Student director Laura Purington reports that the cast has been working hard at rehearsals in anticipation for the show, which is May 29th and 30th at 7:00 pm. Senior Andrew Doty plays Bender (The Rebel), junior Sequoia Lebreux plays Claire (The Princess), junior Zach Arfa plays Andrew (The Jock), sophomore Adam Hallenbeck plays Brian (The Nerd), senior Hannah Monohon plays Allison (The Basketcase), junior Amar Abbatiello plays Mr Vernon, and senior Noah Blakeslee plays Carl (The Janitor). Admission is by donation.  We hope you will come out and enjoy the show.

All Talk on June 12 and June 13
This year’s spring drama showcase is entitled “All Talkand includes a variety of pieces that examine the theme of communication. The production includes dramatic pieces by notable writers from Ernest Hemingway to David Sedaris, and also features the work of some of the most celebrated authors of ten-minute plays. “All Talk” endeavors to illuminate how we use language and how we, well… all talk.   Performances will be held in the Mohawk Auditorium on Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th at 7:00 pm. For more information, please e-mail Leanne Blaszak at lblaszak@mohawkschools.org. We’ll see you there!