Sunday, October 25, 2015

Music News

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

November 4 trip to Broadway
High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Here is the latest news from the High School Music Department!

Ashfield Fall Festival Recap
Congratulations to our Select Chorus and Citrus and the Fruit Bowl, who performed at the Ashfield Fall Festival on Sunday, October 11!  The weather was perfect, and our singers gave a spirited performance on the town common for an appreciative audience that included several Select Chorus alumni!  Thank you Larry Parnass for inviting us to be part of the festival!  Thanks also to the First Congregational Church for providing us with a space to warm-up (people were drawn in from outside during our warm-up, asking, “Who is this?” and “This is a high school chorus?”).  
Congratulations are also due to the Mohawk Music Association for setting a new sales record at the famous Baked Potato Booth!!  Many parents and students worked very hard to run the booth, and their hard work paid off with a major success this year.  Thank you, and congratulations!!

Fundraising – Business Sponsorships, Concert Program Ads
Students in the High School music program are seeking business sponsorships.  For a tax deductible donation of $100, businesses support an individual Mohawk Music student’s tuition for the Annapolis Music Festival in April.  In return, businesses receive advertising in our Concert Programs.  If you have a business and are interested in sponsoring a student, please email Mr. Halligan at: shalligan@mohawkschools.org
  
ACDA Festival – Mohawk students performed at UMass on October 24
A group of Mohawk students performed at the Mass ACDA/UMass High School & Collegiate Choral Festival on Saturday, October 24.  Students from all over New England gathered at UMass Amherst to participate in the festival, where they rehearsed with Dr. Jeffrey Douma, Yale University Professor of Conducting.  The concert was at 5:30pm at the Fine Arts Center. This year’s repertoire was the classic, iconic, incredibly epic “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.  

“Something Rotten” – Nov. 4 trip to Broadway
Mrs. Clark and I are excited about the upcoming trip to see "Something Rotten" on Broadway!  About 85 students and chaperones will be participating in this special trip.  Permission slips and more information will be coming home with students soon.  

Next MMA Meeting - Tuesday Nov. 3
Parents, please come to participate! 6:30pm, Mohawk Library.

Middle School Music News from Mrs. Clark

Field Trips:
NYC: In just 2 weeks we will be on our way to NYC! Next week I will be sending home an itinerary, permission slip, and expectations sheet. The permission slip and expectations sheet will need to be signed and return prior to November 4th. I will also post this information on the Field Trips section of my class pages under the “NYC” link.
Falcon’s Game: Our November 1st deadline for ticket sales is approaching FAST! I have not had very many forms turned in yet. Please take a look at my class pages in the field trip section under “Falcon’s” link for more info. Or, I can resend more info home if you would like! An itinerary and permission slips/expectations will be going home next week for this trip as well.
Citrus sales: Citrus sales are officially over. Thank you to those who placed orders. I will contact you individually to let you know how much your profit is, and how it will be applied to a future event.
Concert Dress: In the next couple of weeks I will be fitting your child for concert dress uniforms. Students will take home their tux shirt so that it can be washed before our Dec. 10th winter concert. The vests and bow ties will remain at school. Concert dress items not provided by Mohawk are: Black shoes, Black socks, and black dress pants. If you have any concerns about concert dress please contact me directly.
Junior Districts: There are several students signed up to audition, but it is not too late! Please let me know by Nov. 1st if your child is interested. I have sent forms home, to be completed and returned, and I will set up rehearsal dates soon!! The audition is December 5th at Westfield State University.

Upcoming Important Dates:
November 1: Falcon’s ticket $$ due
November 3rd: MMA meeting 6:30p.m. in the library
November 4th: NYC trip
November 13: Falcon’s trip
December 5th: Junior District auditions (Dec. 6th snow date)
December 10th: Winter Concert