Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mohawk Concert Band in the "Seussical" Pit Orchestra

 Welcome back!
It has been many years since members of the Mohawk Concert Band participated in the Pit Orchestra for Mohawk musicals.

Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan is excited about the return:
Concert Band Members in “Seussical”! 

Seussical the Musical is coming to Mohawk, and students in Concert Band will be participating in the performances! Some Concert Band members are already involved in the production and have roles to play on stage or behind the scenes, but others will be playing in the pit orchestra.

Specific skills are required to successfully play in a Broadway-style show, ie: sight reading in a variety of keys and time signatures. Concert Band members will gain first-hand experience with these skills in a rich, authentic learning experience. (By the way, I played bass guitar in my high school’s production of “Les Misérables” when I was a freshman – those shows were my very first public performances!)

I hope to see you at “Suessical”!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

YOUssical can help Suessical the Musical

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL………..is fast approaching!

Wondering how you can help out? 
We need YOU! 
And are looking for volunteers in the following areas!!

Cafeteria: We are in need of 3 adults per evening (Friday,Saturday,Sunday shows, as well as Thursday March 5th dress rehearsal) to chaperone our 5th and 6th grade performers.
CONTACT: Gina Glover

Ticket sales: 3 adults are needed each night to sell tickets. We also need 2 people willing to take tickets at the door each evening. These duties may be split – if you can even volunteer for one night!
CONTACT: Sherry Taylor

Concessions: we are in need of 3-4 volunteers per evening to sell baked goods at our concessions booth.
CONTACT: Cathy Purington

50/50 raffle: we are looking for a couple of dynamic individuals to sell tickets in the auditorium as well as in the lobby during intermission!
CONTACT: Maryellen Abatiello

Other volunteer opportunities:
*donating baked goods for our concession stand
*selling “Mohawk Arts” tote bags
*individuals to oversee concession stand during Act 1
CONTACT: Emily Robertson

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Music News

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

We hope that everyone will come see Seussical the Musical during the weekend of March 6, 7, and 8.  The cast includes students from all of our elementary schools and highlights the many ways that students get involved with the arts and theater at Mohawk.  Students will be performing on stage, in the pit orchestra, behind the scenes with set design and lighting and sound production, and a number of students have been working on the digital art used in this year’s show.  This is a great show for all ages!

 
Seussical the Musical

It’s hard to believe but opening night for Seussical is only two weeks away! Everyone is diligently working to pull this show together.  There are a few students who have taken advantage of working with Jake Mazanec to create digital art backdrops and I must say they’re quite stunning!  Michelle Laroque and her set crew are continually working to transform the auditorium into the ultimate Seussical landscape. Scott Halligan is preparing his band students to play in the pit band and Sean Conlon is busily working with his crew to make sure the lights and sound system are ready to go!

This week there will be full cast rehearsals everyday so the cast can focus on running the show and adapting to the set, their props and costumes! The costumes are going to fabulous thanks to Jana Purington!  Additionally, on Friday, February 27, 2015 the entire cast will be visit the surrounding elementary schools to perform excerpts from the show.  So many things to look forward to!

I’m constantly impressed and inspired by the students’ commitment and enthusiasm regarding the show. Everyone involved has worked very hard and I hope we will have a wonderful showing of support for each performance. It’s going to be a fun show!

Performances are on March 6 & 7 at 7:00pm and March 8 at 2:00pm.  Reservations can be made by calling 625-9811  x1364.  If you are interested in helping with the show feel free to send me an email.  Otherwise, I hope to see you at the show!
Shelley Roberts
All-School Musical Director/Producer

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

Below you can find a summary of what students are learning in high school music classes.  You can also read about Concert Band members’ involvement in “Seussical”, and important information about final payments for the Virginia Trip.  I would also like to invite you to the next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association on March 3, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library.
Scott Halligan

What’s Happening in the Music Room?
Here is a summary of what Mohawk Music students are currently working on:
Concert Band is preparing for the MICCA Festival in March, where the ensemble will be adjudicated and coached by renowned music educators.  Several Concert Band members are also preparing to play in the pit orchestra for “Seussical” at Mohawk on March 6, 7, and 8 (more details below).  In Concert Chorus, students are continuing their study of triads through sight-reading, ear training, and solfeggio, and they are also completing their first new piece of the semester, “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie.”  We also held solo auditions for this piece, and I would like to congratulate Adam Hallenbeck, Sam Harris-Fried, and Sara Paige for winning solos!  Select Chorus has completed another great season of Song Grams, and they are moving forward with their study of “With Drooping Wings,” the haunting and tragic conclusion to Henry Purcell’s 1688 opera Dido and Aeneas.  Students in Strings class are learning the fundamentals of left hand technique on cello and upright bass, and have started putting together a shredding arrangement of “Crazy Train”.  Jazz band students are in the midst of a detailed study of the blues: its history, theory, and practice.  Music Theory students have completed their first unit, and are moving on to Melodic Dictation (hearing a melody and writing it down), syncopation, minor scales, and the basics of Musescore music notation software.
Please feel free to visit my class pages!

Concert Band Members in “Seussical”!
Seussical the Musical is coming to Mohawk, and students in Concert Band will be participating in the performances!  Some Concert Band members are already involved in the production and have roles to play on stage or behind the scenes, but others will be playing in the pit orchestra.
Specific skills are required to successfully play in a Broadway-style show, ie: sight reading in a variety of keys and time signatures.  Concert Band members will gain first-hand experience with these skills in a rich, authentic learning experience.  (By the way, I played bass guitar in my high school’s production of “Les Misérables” when I was a freshman – those shows were my very first public performances!)  
I hope to see you at “Suessical”!

Virginia Trip – Final Payments due March 6
Students participating in the trip will need to submit final payments by March 6.
Before February Vacation, students received an info sheet to take home which includes their current balance due.  
Please contact me with any questions ASAP: shalligan@mohawkschools.org

On a related note, I’m happy to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal of $5251!  This will be used to cover the cost of transportation to Virginia for the Heritage Music Festival and Competition in April.  
We were able to reach this goal thanks to the generous support of our community, the Mohawk Music Association.  This program is supported in part by grants from the Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Heath, Plainfield, and Rowe Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


MMA Meeting, Tuesday March 3 6:30pm
The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be on March 3 at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library.  The agenda will include preparations for “Seussical”.
Get involved!  Be there!

Middle School Music News from Ms. Glover

Here is a quick overview of our upcoming schedule! Times will be announced as we get closer, and information will be sent home. Please mark these dates on your calendar!

March 6,7,8: Seussical performances: please see “Seussical” information
March 7th: Junior District rehearsal @ Belchertown HS (for 4 students who auditioned)
March 14th: Junior District performance (UMASS)
March 27th: Springfield Falcon’s Hockey: Band and Chorus
May 2nd: Music in the Parks @ Six Flags: Band and Chorus
May 17th: Mary Lyon “Lyonnaisse” Chorus ONLY - please note the change in date!
May 14th: Spring Concert @ Mohawk 6:30p.m.: Band and Chorus
May 25th: Memorial Day Parade in Colrain; 9:00 arrival: Band ONLY
June: TBA: Elementary School concerts: in-school performances

Springfield Falcon’s Hockey Game
Tickets for the Middle School Band and Chorus performance at the Springfield Falcons hockey game are NOW ON SALE! Tickets are IN and can be purchased through a Mohawk middle school music student, or through me. Tickets are $18, with $5 from each ticket donated back to the music department. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please contact me at gglover@mohawkschools.org, or by contacting a music student. Checks should be made out to Mohawk. Please come and support our hard working music students and have a blast watching the Falcons game!


Mohawk student Sequoia LeBreux Finalist in Poetry Contest
Student Sequoia LeBreux has been selected as a finalist for the 8th annual Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize.  Narrowed down from 72 submissions, LeBreux is one of eight finalists who will perform before the judges on Monday, February 23rd in the Acton Memorial Library between 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Started in 2007, the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize honors one or two Massachusetts public or private high school students each year.  The Helen Creeley Prize winners receive not only a monetary prize, but also the honor to open for the winner of the Robert Creeley Award at both the renowned poet's evening, public audience, and also the poet's morning presentation to their fellow high school students. 

[UPDATE 3/9/2015: Sequoia LeBreux (photo) was one of the two winners of the 2015 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize.]

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Middle School Band and Chorus @ Springfield Falcons


Springfield Falcon’s Hockey Game Fundraiser!!

Come see the Mohawk Trail Regional Middle School Band and Chorus perform at the Springfield Falcon's Hockey game on March 27th!

Tickets are $18, and $5 per ticket will be donated to the music department!

The band will be performing on the concourse and the chorus will perform "God Bless America" on the ice before the game!

If you would like tickets please email Middle School Music Director Gina Glover at gglover@mohawkschools.org.

Thank you!
Gina Glover
gglover@mohawkschools.org
Mohawk Middle School Music

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mohawk Trail Regional Presents: Seussical the Musical


Come see Seussical the Musical! A musical that is based on at least 15 works by Dr. Seuss. The story weaves together his most famous tales and characters into an exciting journey of musical fun! Come meet The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, The Grinch and many more fantastical creatures at Mohawk Trail Regional High School!

Performances:
March 6&7 @ 7:00p.m.
March 8th @ 2:00p.m.

Tickets:
Adults - $10
Students/Seniors - $5
Children age 2 & younger - free (the child will sit in the adult's lap)

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS: tickets sell fast!
413.625.9811 ext. 1364



Directed by Mohawk alumna Shelley Roberts.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

MMA February Meeting

The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 pm in the school library.

Agenda:

I. Minutes
II. Treasurer's report
III. Director's report
      a. Scott
      b. Gina
IV. Concessions for musical
V. Trip fundraising status (dinner, baskets etc.)
VI. Senior event

Monday, February 2, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's February 2, 2015 Newsletter:

Seussical the Musical
It's hard to believe that opening night is one month away! The students are working diligently to memorize their songs, blocking and dances. I'm amazed at how creative and committed the students are. For example, one of the dances in the show has been completely choreographed by a couple of the students and it looks great! If you are interested in a sneak preview of the show, come to Open House on Thursday, February 5th! 

As always, we are looking for brightly colored paints for the set. The Mohawk Music Association has generously offered to handle refreshments again this year. If you are interested in volunteering to assist them during the performances please feel free to contact Sherry Taylor staylor@mohawkmusicassociation.orgJana Purington has again volunteered to help with costumes this year and is it wonderful to have her on board! If you are interested in helping out with the show, please feel free to contact me directly. The more the merrier!

Best,
Shelley Roberts

Technical theater meetings will be held on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2:30- 4:30. Tuesdays will be with Mr. Conlon and school nurse Michelle Larocque working on set and lights, Friday afternoons working with Jake Mazanec on digital artwork for the backgrounds.  Come help out, no experience necessary!

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Welcome to Semester II! Students in the music department are diving into new music, beginning new instruments, singing and playing in new combinations, and beginning a detailed study of music theory. It’s an exciting time! Below you can find a summary of what each class is working on. You can also read about Open House, Song Grams, Select Chorus members participating in a special workshop at the Rowe Conference Center, and about how music students can apply to join Tri-M, the National Music Honors Society. Also included below is a link to view our recent Winter Concert online! I would also like to invite you to the next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association on Feb. 10, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library.
Scott Halligan

New Semester!
Here is a summary of what Mohawk Music students are currently working on.
Concert Band has been sight-reading several pieces of music in preparation for the MICCA Festival in March, where the ensemble will be adjudicated and coached by renowned music educators. In Concert Chorus, students are beginning to study new repertoire, including a spirited version of the American folk song “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie.” They are also studying triads in detail through sight-reading, ear training, and solfeggio. Select Chorus has begun learning “With Drooping Wings,” the haunting and tragic conclusion to Henry Purcell’s 1688 opera Dido and Aeneas. Select Chorus is also hard at work preparing original small-group a cappella arrangements of love songs for Song Grams (more on that below!). Students in strings class are learning the basics of tone production on cello and upright bass. Jazz band students are already improvising over 12-bar blues, and have begun studying two challenging tunes: “A Night in Tunisia,” as recorded by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, and “Teen Town” by Weather Report. They are also viewing the first two installments of Ken Burns’ monumental 10-part documentary, “Jazz.” Music Theory students are learning the basics of the organization of pitch, including identifying notes on the piano with letter names, identifying whole steps and half steps (the most fundamental components of melody), and playing all 12 major scales on the piano. They are also beginning to study music notation in bass and treble clefs.
Please also visit my class pages!

Wednesday Evening Music: Evening Band, Chorus, Select Chorus
Wednesday Evening Music is back! We took a short hiatus in January so that students could focus on preparing for final exams. Now that we are in Semester II, our evening rehearsals are in full swing.  On Wednesday evenings, high school students can participate in special evening classes of Band and Chorus. If your student can't fit band or chorus into their schedule, this is for them! If your student has wanted to try band or chorus, this is a great opportunity for them to get their feet wet! Anyone can come to try it on and see if it's for them. Mr. Halligan is hoping for as much student participation in music as possible! This is a friendly environment where students all learn to make music together.
 
Wednesday Evening Band and Chorus classes are scheduled in the evening on Professional Learning Days to give students ample time for homework, athletics, and downtime. Here is the schedule for evening music classes:

Wednesday Evening Band: 5:00-5:45pm
Wednesday Evening Chorus: 5:45-6:30pm
Select Chorus: 6:30-7:30pm

Open House, Thursday, February 5 
Select Chorus members will be previewing their Song Grams at Open House next Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 in the lobby. They have worked in small groups to create impressive, original a cappella arrangements of love songs, and they sound wonderful! Come hear what they have accomplished together, and consider purchasing Song Grams for your loved ones!

Song Grams!
The popular annual fundraiser for Select Chorus is back! Purchase Song Grams for your friends and loved ones, and members of Select Chorus will serenade your lucky someone with a personal a cappella performance at school or over the phone! Song Grams are the perfect way for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Song Grams can be purchased at Open House, during lunches at Mohawk, or by special arrangement with Mr. Halligan (you can email me here: shalligan@mohawkschools.org). Song Grams are only $2 for a song at Mohawk, and only $3 for song over the phone. Get yours before Valentine’s Day!

Select Chorus members sing with Dr. Kathy Bullock at the Rowe Conference Center
Members of Select Chorus will be participating in a special workshop this weekend (Sat., Jan. 31) at the Rowe Conference Center. Dr. Kathy Bullock, who gave an unforgettable presentation at Mohawk in October 2013, will be presenting a weekend-long workshop: “Singing in the Spirit: Rejoicing in African-American Gospel Music.” By special arrangement with Dr. Kathy Bullock and Rowe Conference Center Director of Programming Arthur Samuelson, our singers will be participating in the workshop on Saturday afternoon and evening. We are delighted to have this opportunity, and it is sure to be a very special event!

Tri-M Applications accepted February 2-6
Applications are being accepted from February 2-6 for Tri-M, the national music honors society. To be eligible, students need to be actively participating in the music program at Mohawk, have at least a B average in music classes, at least a C average in other classes, and must demonstrate leadership, service, and character. Students interested in becoming members should submit a 2-3 paragraph statement to Mr. Halligan describing why they would like to be considered for membership, and what they can contribute to the group.

Tri-M is an organization founded to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel in music and leadership. Mohawk’s Tri-M chapter organizes events, fundraisers, and community outreach for the music department.

Winter Concert Video is Online!
Thanks to Falls Cable, our entire recent Winter Concert is now available to view online! And it’s in HD! Click here to see our 2014 Winter Concert. Please feel free to forward the link to friends and family near and far who might appreciate the musicianship of our students. Thank you, Falls Cable!

MMA Meeting, Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30pm
The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association will be on February 10, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library. Be there!

Middle School Music News from Ms. Glover:

All 7th and 8th grade band and chorus students have just completed a mid-year evaluation (“mid-term”). This exam consisted of a written exam, and a performance evaluation, where students performed one-on-one (band) or with a partner (chorus). Students in band performed a scale and a section of a piece we are currently working on. Chorus students also performed a scale (solo) and then performed a section of a piece with a partner, where each student performed a melody or harmony part. It was great to see the incredible growth students have made since the beginning of the year and I look forward to seeing their progress as the year continues!

With the beginning of the 2nd semester comes a very busy spring! Between now and the end of the year, students will not only be involved in Seussical, but also performances at: Springfield Falcon’s Hockey game, Junior District Festival, Spring Concert, Music in the Parks at Six Flags, Memorial Day Parade, Mary Lyon “Lyonnaisse”, and elementary school visits.

Please visit my class pages for more detailed information: https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/middle-school-music/

Here is a quick overview of our upcoming schedule! Times will be announced as we get closer, and information will be sent home. Please mark these dates on your calendar!

March 6,7,8: Seussical performances: please see “Seussical” information
March 7th: Junior District rehearsal @ Belchertown HS (for 4 students who auditioned)
March 14th: Junior District performance (UMASS)
March 27th: Springfield Falcon’s Hockey: Band and Chorus
May 2nd: Music in the Parks @ Six Flags: Band and Chorus
May 14th: Spring Concert @ Mohawk 6:30p.m.: Band and Chorus
May 17th: Mary Lyon “Lyonnaisse” Chorus ONLY
May 25th: Memorial Day Parade in Colrain; 9:00 arrival: Band ONLY
June: TBA: Elementary School concerts: in-school performances