Sunday, November 22, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's November 22, 2015 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

Read below about our current fundraisers, our recent events, and our upcoming performances!  

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Giving Tuesday!
The Mohawk Music Association (MMA) is taking part in Giving Tuesday this year!  Giving Tuesday is a national day of philanthropy at the beginning of the holiday season.  It takes place on the heels of our major shopping days on the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).
Giving Tuesday is on December 1st – but you can make your donation today to support our students! Check out the MMA’s webpage for Giving Tuesday here!
The MMA wants you to know that there are lots of ways you can help: “We greatly appreciate donations of any size. If you don't have a lot to give, there are many other ways to help. You can start right now by sharing this webpage with family and friends via email, Facebook, or Twitter. In addition, we depend on volunteers and always welcome the involvement of new families and community members.”
So please donate, share the webpage, and know that your help makes a huge difference for the students in our music program!  Here is the website:

Fundraising – Coupon Books
Students participating in the trip to Annapolis are offering valuable coupon books for sale.  The books are being sold for $25, and they each include 12 coupons for 10% off at Big Y!  Students earn $10 credit toward their Annapolis trip for each book they sell.  So please, support our students, and save big at Big Y!  This is a Win-Win!  Ask a music student for more information, or email me at  

Recap – Student Open Mic
Students in Mohawk’s chapter of Tri-M hosted a very successful Open Mic event last Thursday, Nov. 19!  The event was free and open to the public, and took place in the Mohawk’s colorful, resonant front lobby.  More than 40 people were in attendance, and students from Mohawk Middle School and High School and the Academy at Charlemont gave performances including music, beat boxing, poetry, and magic tricks.  Congrats to all the performers!  

Students Win Senior District Festival Audition
Congratulations to Zach Arfa, Lexxey Boron Smith, Isaac Paige, Josh Paige, Sara Paige, Adam Hallenbeck, Ady Harris-Fried, Guy Rice-Lesure, Andy Robertson, Zeke Rodriguez, Matt Taylor, Eli Wickland-Shearer, and Lily Wickland-Shearer for their acceptance to the Senior District Festival Chorus! Auditions were held at Westfield State University on Saturday morning, Nov. 8, and preliminary results were posted that evening online. These students are invited to perform at Umass in January in the Senior Districts Music Festival as members of the prestigious, highly selective Senior District Festival Chorus.

The Western District of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association hosts two annual music festivals at UMass; the Junior Districts Festival for students in middle school grades, and the Senior Districts Festival for students in high school grades.  Each festival features an honor choir, honor band, honor orchestra, and honor jazz band made up of the students from around the region who are accepted by audition.  Students in these ensembles have the opportunity to work with prestigious guest conductors and perform music that is more challenging than what can typically be done in high school music programs.

Holiday Concert with Hilltown Harmony – Friday, December 4, 7:30pm, Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls
Mark your calendars for this very special event!  Our Concert Chorus will be joining together with the Hilltown Harmony Community Choir in holiday concert at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls, 7:30pm on Friday, December 4.  Please be there and show your support for our singers and our community!

Winter Concert – Thursday, December 10, 6:30pm
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Winter Concert! Thursday, December 10, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Auditorium.  Middle and High School Bands and Choirs will be performing a great selection of music!  This concert is free and open to the public. See you there!

Middle School News from Mrs. Clark
Hello everyone! It has been a very busy fall so far, and it looks like we will be busy into winter as well.

Falcons Game (more photos and video)
This past Friday November 13th our MS Band and Chorus students performed at the Falcons game in Springfield. The Band began by performing on the concourse as fans were arriving and the Chorus performed the national anthem on the ice just prior to the game. It was great to see so many families join us for this event! In addition to a great performance, we raised approximately $600 that will be applied to our Six Flags performance!

Senior Center performance
On Tuesday December 8th the MS Chorus will be performing for the Shelburne Falls Senior Center’s holiday luncheon. Last year the Senior Center and I were trying to coordinate this event together, and although our students performed at the senior center, it was not at their holiday luncheon. We are very happy that we are able to coordinate this event. In addition, I am working with Cooking teacher Marsha Gray to try to coordinate her class baking cookies for us to deliver to the Senior center for this event. We are hoping to collaborate in this way 3 times this year, traveling to other senior centers in our community. Students will be performing at 1:00 on December 8th and you are welcome to come and watch! In addition, I will need 2 chaperones who would be willing to ride the bus with us for this event. Please contact me if this is something you can do!

Winter Concert
As you know, our Winter Concert is Thursday December 10th at 6:30p.m. I will be calling the MS band at 5:30 to rehearse together prior to the performance. Please remember that all students are wearing concert dress for this concert! I have begun fitting for vests, and have sent some students home with their tuxedo shirts. I will continue this process this week. Students will need to provide their own: Black dress pants, black socks, black dress shoes: Please no tights, leggings, sneakers, or flip-flops.

Mocha Maya’s
Art teacher Rachel Silverman is coordinating a showcase of arts at Mocha Maya’s highlighting Mohawk students on January 15th. I am hoping to have perhaps the 8th grade band perform at this event, and maybe a small group of vocalists. I am still thinking about this and will give more information soon.

At this point I am communicating information to families in the following ways:
·      Ms. Dole’s bi-weekly News from Mohawk newsletter
·      Information sent home
·      NEW: MS band and Chorus email contact groups
The email groups seem to be working rather well this year as I am able to send out detailed information to specific (and perhaps smaller groups). I have gotten several email responses indicating that it is helpful to receive messages in this way. Please continue to check my class pages for continued updates! I have been including messages on my home page indicating what pages I have made updates, or have added new information to.

Junior Districts
We have 8 auditions happening in the Middle School this year!
I have sent all information and payment. The auditions are scheduled for Saturday December 5th with a snow date of Saturday December 12th.
We have the following auditions happening:
·      Treble chorus: 2 auditions
·      Male chorus: 2 auditions
·      Concert Band: 3 auditions
·      Jazz Ensemble: 1 audition

Upcoming Music/Theater Events

Tuesday, December 1
Please support the Mohawk Music Association on #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.  

Friday, December 4
Holiday Concert with Hilltown Harmony –7:30pm, Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls
Mohawk’s Concert Chorus will be joining together with the Hilltown Harmony Community Choir in holiday concert at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls, 7:30pm on Friday, December 4

Tuesday, December 8, 1:00 pm
Middle School Chorus will be performing for the Shelburne Falls Senior Center’s holiday luncheon.

Tuesday, December 8
MMA Meeting at 6:30 pm in the school library

Thursday, December 10
Mohawk Music Winter Concert 6:30pm in the auditorium

Friday, December 11
Mohawk presents Arsenic and Old Lace!  7:00 pm in the auditorium

Saturday, December 12
Mohawk presents Arsenic and Old Lace!  7:00 pm in the auditorium