Monday, October 12, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's October 9, 2015 Newsletter:

Slicing pies under the Friday night lights at the Booster Day football game.

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Here is the latest news from the High School Music Department!

Annapolis, MA – Deposit due October 17
High School Band and Chorus members will be traveling to Annapolis this April for the Annapolis Exhibition Festival.  Deposits are due on or before Oct. 16.  I suggested $50 for the deposit, but I will accept deposits of any amount.   

This is the season when the music department is very actively fundraising.  The MMA had their Pie Sale at the Booster Day Game, and they will also have their famous Baked Potato Booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend!  These baked potatoes from the Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm in Hatfield are hefty and delicious, and they come with toppings of your choice: bacon, broccoli, butter, cheese, chives, salsa, salt & pepper, sour cream, taco meat (ground turkey & seasoning) – all free!  Plus, if the weather happens to be cold, your baked potato doubles as a hand warmer!

Middle School and High School Music Students are taking orders for Florida Citrus until October 23.  Proceeds benefit the students directly and help to pay for their trips this year (Annapolis Festival for High School students, Music in the Parks for Middle School students).  Citrus orders will arrive in time for Thanksgiving!

Students in the High School music program are also seeking business sponsorships.  For a tax deductible donation of $100, businesses support an individual Mohawk Music student and in return receive advertising in our Concert Programs. If you have a business and are interested in sponsoring a student, please email Mr. Halligan at:  

Select Chorus and Citrus and the Fruit Bowl at Fall Festival – October 11, 11:00-11:45
Our Select Chorus and our young men’s vocal group Citrus and the Fruit Bowl will be performing at the Ashfield Fall Festival this year!  Come to check out their latest work (and stop by the Baked Potato Booth)!  They have a prime time mid-day time slot; Main Street and the town common are sure to be packed!  Be sure to get there early to park!

ACDA Festival – You’re Invited! – Oct. 24, 5:30pm concert
I would like to invite you to join me and a group of Mohawk students at the Mass ACDA/Umass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival on Saturday, October 24.  It would be delightful to have you with us! This is a fantastic event for our students, and I think you would be thrilled to experience it first-hand.
Students from all over New England will come to Umass Amherst to participate in the festival, where they will rehearse with Dr. Jeffrey Douma, Yale University Professor of Conducting.  Students will also perform a concert at 5:30pm at the Fine Arts Center.  Tickets cost $5-10.  This year’s repertoire is the classic, iconic, incredibly epic “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.  Prepare to be blown away!
I hope you will consider joining us! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions:

Middle School Music News from Mrs. Clark
Payments have been coming in rapidly! At this point we only have about 5 spots left on the Middle School bus. By Tuesday, if there are any available spots I will offer them to High School students who were not able to secure a seat on the HS bus. If you have given a $40 deposit, the remaining $35 is due on October 14th so we can pay the final bus fee.

The MS Band and Chorus will be performing at the Springfield Falcons hockey game on November 13th. Tickets are $18, with the MS Music department profiting $6 per ticket. Students (including performers) are required to purchase a ticket. Students may sell to any family, friends etc. The Band will be performing prior to the game, and the Chorus will be performing the national anthem on the ice! This is a great fundraiser, a fun event, and a great way to spend the evening with family in support of the music department. Please see a middle school music student, or contact me if you would like to purchase a ticket.

In addition to the bi-weekly newsletter, classpages, and sending home information, I have created MS Band and Chorus email lists and I will be sending out information regarding upcoming performances, MMA news, etc. as a way to further increase communication with families. If you have not filled out the form that went home the first day of school, please contact me.

The MS will be partnering again with the HS department for the citrus fruit sales. Orders are due on October 23rd in order for fruit to be in by Thanksgiving break. There is information on my classpages, and students have taken order forms home. If you would like an order form, please contact me. Gina Clark at

Junior Districts:
Junior Districts is an audition-based music festival combining middle school music students from all over Western Massachusetts. There are a variety of ensembles including: Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, and Orchestra. Auditions will be held on Dec. 5th at Westfield State University. If selected, students would then participate in 2 all day rehearsals, and a concert at UMASS. This is a wonderful and enriching experience for students, and I encourage any student to consider auditioning. (The fee is $11 per audition and students may audition for more than one ensemble) If your child is interested in participating, please contact me. Some students have taken forms.

Non-Music News: the Booster Day Parade was cancelled due to rain. 
Even though the parade was canceled, the class floats were on display at Mohawk. Here is the Senior float, a Senior float builder, and the Senior float driver.