Sunday, December 6, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's December 6, 2015 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
This December, join us in the Mohawk Music Department as we give a warm welcome to winter!  This is the season for celebration and togetherness.  In that spirit, I want to invite you to attend our upcoming concerts – you’ll be glad that you did!

Music Parents, please visit my class pages for permission slips and info about call times, attire, and other important details for our upcoming performances.  I hope to see you at our next MMA Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library!  
Scott Halligan

Giving Tuesday Recap
Thank you to everyone who supported the Mohawk Music Association on Giving Tuesday!  Your contribution will make a difference for our students in the Music Program! 

Hilltown Harmony Concert Recap
Concert Chorus, Select Chorus, and two of our a cappella groups performed in a spirited, standing-room-only concert with Hilltown Harmony at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls on Friday, Dec. 4.  Our students gave high-quality performances with their signature charm and enthusiasm!

The church served a hearty community supper prior to the concert.  The concert program featured holiday music performed by Hilltown Harmony community chorus, directed by Mohawk alumna Shelley Roberts.  An outstanding brass quintet sponsored by Greenfield Cooperative Band also performed.  The evening closed with a touching sing-along of “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 

To everyone who came out to spend the evening with us – Thank You!  

High School Choirs at Charlemont Senior Center – Dec. 9, 11:30am
Concert Chorus and Select Chorus will be visiting the Charlemont Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 9, where they will sing selections from their repertoire.  The performance will take place at the Federated Church in Charlemont at 11:30am.  

Select Chorus at Shelburne Falls Women’s Club Meeting – Dec. 9, 7:30pm
"Songs to Warm the Heart (and the Toes)" performed by members of the Mohawk Regional High School Select Chorus will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls.

The program will follow the regular business meeting of the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club, which begins at 7 p.m.  Members and potential members of the club are invited to a social time beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the program.  There is no admission charge but donations toward the music group's planned trip will be accepted.  Light refreshments will also be served following the music program.

The Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club was founded in 1925 and supports the Bridge of Flowers, scholarships for local students and other area community service projects.  New members are always welcome.  Dues are $20 per year.
For more information contact: Kay Berenson 625-9239 or

Winter Concert – Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30pm
Our annual Winter Concert is next Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Auditorium!  Middle and High School Bands and Choirs will be performing a great selection of music including pop songs, classical music, and holiday favorites!  Concessions will be available during intermission.  This concert is free and open to the public.  You won’t want to miss this!  Bring your friends and family for some winter warmth!  I hope to see you there!
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  

MMA Meeting – Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30pm
The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association is this Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library.  I hope to see you there!  

Middle School News from Mrs. Clark
Junior Districts:
On Saturday December 5th six students auditioned for the Western Massachusetts Junior District music festival. This festival is open to any middle school student in western Massachusetts.

Senior Center Performance on Tuesday, December 8
On Tuesday, December 8th Middle School Chorus students will be performing at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center for their holiday luncheon. The Chorus will perform concert selections as well as a sing-along of holiday songs and carols. This performance is at 1:00 pm and is open to the public!

MMA meeting:
The next MMA meeting will be held on Tuesday December 8th at 6:30p.m. in the library at Mohawk. Please join us!

Winter Concert:
Our winter concert will be held this Thursday, December 10th!! Come join us for a variety of concert and holiday selections performed by the Mohawk HS concert band, MS concert band, HS chorus and select chorus and the MS chorus. This event is free and open to the public, and will begin at 6:30p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!
Concert reminders:
Call times: Band students: 5:30 in the music room. Chorus students: 6:00 in the cafeteria
Concert dress: Please remember concert dress is required for this event. That includes: white tux shirt, vest and bowtie (all provided by Mohawk), black dress pants, black dress shoes, and socks (all provided by students) If you have any concerns regarding concert dress please contact me directly at gclark@mohawkschools, or at 413-512-0042.
Baked Goods: The Music Association will be selling baked goods during intermission at the winter concert. If you can donate a baked good for that evening please email me at
**Please note: This is a mandatory concert for all students.
Please continue to check out my class pages at:

Zach Arfa honored with Superintendent’s Award
At a ceremony on December 3, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti recognized senior Zach Arfa as this year’s recipient of the annual Superintendent’s Award.  Superintendent Buoniconti noted Zach’s many accomplishments in academics, athletics, music, and the performing arts in his recognition of Zach at an event held at the Franklin County Technical School.  

This is a great time of year to appreciate the dynamic arts scene at Mohawk!  This is a week of music and theater!  On Tuesday our middle school chorus is performing for the Shelburne Falls Senior Center, on Wednesday our high school chorus is singing at the Charlemont Senior Center during the day and our Select Chorus is performing at the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club meeting in the evening, and on Thursday night you can enjoy vocal and instrumental performances from middle and high school music students at our annual Winter Concert at 6:30 pm.  Then come see Mohawk students present the delightful play Arsenic and Old Lace on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm! You can see evidence of our vibrant visual arts programming in the display cases in the Front Foyer as you visit our school. 
Our engagement with the arts extends to field trips; during the week of December 14 various classes will be visiting the Smith College Museum of Art, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and UMass Day of Poetry. 
Principal Lynn R. Dole