Sunday, November 8, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's November 8, 2015 Newsletter:

Mary Lyon Spelling Bee - Bee there!
High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

November is off to a great start for Mohawk Music!  Read below about our recent trip to see “Something Rotten” on Broadway.  Also below you can find info about our upcoming events.

Broadway trip Recap

On November 4, many of our students participated in a trip to see "Something Rotten" on Broadway!  Students enjoyed the spectacle and wit of this original show, which lampoons the world of Shakespeare and the world of Musical Theater.  Ushers in the theater commented on how well our students behaved at the performance, saying that they get a lot of school groups in the theater but very few as polite and well mannered as ours!

Thank you to all of our chaperones who helped to make this trip to NYC possible for our students! 

Select Chorus at the Mary Lyon Spelling Bee - Nov. 10, 6:15pm

Come early to the Mary Lyon Spelling Bee next Tuesday!  You will be greeted by our High School Select Chorus in the foyer between 6:15-6:30.  The Mary Lyon Foundation is a generous supporter of the arts, along with all aspects of high quality education.  This is the 10th annual Community Spelling Bee, and every year the Bee raises money for educational projects.  We in the music department are delighted to have the opportunity to perform at this important event!

In 2013 the Mary Lyon Foundation donated a very important musical instrument to the Music Department: a gong! We use the gong in performances by Concert Band.  The gong will also be featured in the Spelling Bee, where it will signal the end of each round.

So come on down to the Community Spelling Bee next Thursday, hear some great music…and sit for a spell!

Senior Districts Audition – Nov. 7

On Saturday, November 7, Select Chorus students participated in the Senior Districts audition at Westfield State College.  The following students have been accepted to participate in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Western District Senior Music Festival at UMass Amherst in January:
Lexxey Boron Smith
Ady Harris Fried
Lily Wickland Shearer
Sara Paige
Zach Arfa
Adam Hallenbeck
Isaac Paige
Josh Paige
Matthew Taylor
Guy Rice-Lesure
Andy Robertson
Zeke Rodriguez
Eli Wickland Shearer 

Some of these students may also be eligible to audition for the All State Festival.  The audition itself was a very rich learning experience for students, who got to apply their skills and practice for how to present themselves in life's big moments. We congratulate all our students who participated this enriching experience.

Winter Concert – Dec. 10, 6:30pm

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Winter Concert! 

Middle School News from Mrs. Clark

NYC: This past Wednesday many middle school band and chorus students attended a live Broadway production of “Something Rotten” which told the story of two brothers writing the world’s very first musical in the time of William Shakespeare. All of our students had a great day and ushers at the theater commented on how polite our students were. Thank you to all who have made this trip possible!

Falcons Game: Friday November 13th is our field trip to the Springfield Falcons hockey game. Band students will perform prior to the game, and the chorus will be performing the national anthem on the ice! An itinerary and permission slip went home this week to Chorus students. Band students will take this home Monday. Please make sure to fill out and return this permission slip by Friday. We have sold over 90 tickets and have made over $500 to go to our Six Flags field trip!

Winter Concert: Our winter concert is fast approaching! On December 10th the MS and HS will present their annual winter concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Mohawk auditorium. This is a mandatory performance, so please mark your calendars!

Concert Dress: All students will be required to wear concert dress at our Winter concert. The school provides: vests, bow ties, and tux shirts. Students are required to provide: black dress pants, and black dress shoes/socks. Please see my class pages under “concert dress” for more guidelines concerning concert dress.

Junior Districts: The Junior District audition is on December 5th. We have already begun rehearsing in groups for this audition. For this week I have the following times available for extra help. Monday 2:15-2:45, Tuesday 2:15-2:45, Friday 2:15-4:00. Please let me know if your child plans to stay any of these days for extra help.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 10

Mary Lyon Foundation’s 10th Annual Community Spelling Bee at 6:30 pm in the auditorium.  This is an evening of great family fun for all ages.  We hope you will join us!

Friday, November 13
Mohawk middle school students perform at the Falcons Hockey Game in Springfield. Band students will perform at 6:00 pm prior to the game, and the chorus will be performing the national anthem on the ice at 7:00 pm! Contact Music Teacher Gina Clark to purchase tickets

Thursday, November 19
Mohawk Student Concert at 6:30 pm
Mohawk students are organizing an evening of student performances with students encouraged to share their talent by signing up to perform.  The specific venue will be in the Mohawk building but announced closer to the performance date.

Thursday, December 10
Mohawk Music Winter Concert 6:30pm in the auditorium
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Winter Concert!

Friday, December 11
Mohawk presents Arsenic and Old Lace! 

Saturday, December 12
Mohawk presents Arsenic and Old Lace!