Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kids in Concert


The 10th Anniversary Kids in Concert is at the Mohawk auditorium on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 pm. This is the 10th anniversary of Kids in Concert. Come see the talented young musicians from the 4th, 5th and 6th grades of elementary schools in the Mohawk Schools Districts: Buckland-Shelburne Elementary, Colrain Central School, Hawlemont Regional, Heath Elementary, and Sanderson Academy. Rowe Elementary students are also participating.  There will be performances by the band, chorus, and a string ensemble from Heath.

Featured this year is a song that was arranged by local composer Alice Parker, who will be in the audience for the performance.

The Mohawk Music Association will once again be providing ice cream to the performers after the concert.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Music News

Two more Williamsburg trip photos, then Music News from Principal Lynn Dole's April 26, 2015 Newsletter:

At the Saturday night Awards ceremony.

Performing at the Great Hopes Plantation.


High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Greetings from Virginia!  Mohawk Music students are having an
action-packed adventure!   Below you can find a summary of what we are
up to on our trip, as well as information about our spring events and Summer
Band Camp.

Our Spring Concert is Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm  - save the date! I hope to
see you there!
Scott Halligan
shalligan@mohawkschools.org

Virginia Trip!
I am writing from Williamsburg, Virginia, where our Concert Chorus,
Select Chorus, and Concert Band participated yesterday in the
Worldstrides Heritage Performance Competition.  We are having a great
time on our trip!  For photos and video visit the MMA website at
http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/

Our two choirs performed at the Kimball Theater in Colonial
Williamsburg, adjacent to the College of Williams and Mary.  Our
Concert Band performed in nearby Heritage High School in Newport News.
All of our groups gave very strong performances and received
supportive feedback on stage from adjudicators.  In fact, the
adjudicator for Concert Band, who teaches music at Old Dominion
University and helped our group achieve a fuller, richer sound, in the
end was moved to tears by our students’ playing.

Apart from our performances, we have had a lot of additional
activities here in the Williamsburg area.  On Thursday evening we
attended a bittersweet, deeply moving concert at the Great Hopes
Plantation on the development of African American music.  Immediately
after the concert we went on a “Ghost Tour” – a late night guided
walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg with ghost stories.  Friday
morning we returned to Colonial Williamsburg and students had time to
explore.  The area is set up as a “living museum,” and visitors are
welcome to enter buildings and gardens and speak with costumed
interpreters who describe the circumstances of life in the Virginia
Colony.  Friday evening we attended the Virginia International Tattoo,
a showcase of traditional military bands from the United States,
France, Denmark, Finland, and Korea.  Saturday morning we visited the
historic Jamestown Settlement for a guided tour, and we will spend
Saturday afternoon at Busch Gardens amusement park.

Soon we will attend an Awards Ceremony to learn the results of the
competition!  We’re hoping for high ratings and rankings!  But at the
same time, we have had so many special moments on this trip
(spontaneous singing in restaurants and on the bus, incredible
concerts at Kimball, Heritage, Great Hopes Plantation, and the Tattoo,
our special moments backstage before singing, our moment with our
adjudicator for Band, our chance meeting with friends in Colonial
Williamsburg, and our many priceless hours together as a group) and
that’s really what it’s all about.

Spring Events – mark your calendars!
•       April 30, Kids in Concert, 6:30pm, Mohawk Auditorium
•       May 3: Lyonnaise, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 2-5pm (Select Chorus)
•       May 14, Spring Concert
•       May 25, Memorial Day, High School Marching Band in Ashfield (10am)
and Plainfield (1pm)
•       June 4, Senior Awards Night
•       June 7, Graduation
•       June 8 and 11, Elementary School outreach tour

Mohawk Music students have taken home information about these events.
The information is also available at the Class Pages
https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/high-school-music/
Parents, please read the information carefully, note the requirements for attire, mark your calendars, sign and return asap!

Mohawk Warriors Band Camp – August 10-14, 8:00 am-noon
This summer, concert band students entering grades 9-12 are welcome to sign up for a week of Band Camp!  Students will receive registration forms next week.  The registration form and additional information is also available here.

Who: Mohawk Band Members entering grades 9-12
What: Band Camp!
When: August 10-14, 8:00 am-noon
Where: Mohawk High School
Why: To develop musicianship, basic marching skills, and esprit de corps!
Details:  At this camp, Students will focus on building instrumental music skills, marching band basics, and developing esprit de corps.  The week will be structured around team-building activities, Marching Band practice, and a series of workshops and activities on specific skills: Marching Basics; Musicianship; Jazz Improvisation; Battery Percussion; and Performance.  Open to novices and experienced instrumentalists entering grades 9-12.
Day 1 – Welcome, Team Building, Marching Basics
Day 2 – Team Building, Marching Practice, Musicianship 101
Day 3 – Team Building, Marching Practice, Jazz Improvisation
Day 4 – Team Building, Marching Practice, Battery Percussion
Day 5 – Team Building, Informal Performance, Picnic Lunch

Cost:
$100 per student
Students who qualify for reduced lunch: $50
Students who qualify for free lunch: $0

Middle School Music News from Ms. Glover
**Please see my class pages for up-to-date information including permission slips!
https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/middle-school-music/

Upcoming Performances:
Saturday May 2nd: Music in the Parks Six Flags New England: Band and Chorus
6:30a.m. - meet at Mohawk
7:00 – depart
8:00 – warm up & performances Holyoke HS
12:00 – 6 Flags arrival
5:00 – dinner together & awards
9:00 – depart 6 Flags
10:00 p.m. – arrive at Mohawk
Students will need: Permission slip, instrument, music, concert dress, money for one meal (or they may bring a lunch to eat on the bus), money for drinks or souvenirs.
(Information has gone home already, $45 due: checks made out to Mohawk)-payments are due now

Sunday May 3rd: Mary Lyon “Lyonnaise” performance: Chorus and 8th grade Band only
3:30 p.m. – arrival at Shelburne/Buckland Community Center
4:00 - 4:30 – performance
Students will need: Instrument, music and concert dress
**we will be meeting at the Community Center at 53 Main St. in Shelburne Falls by the post office.

Thursday May 14th: Spring Concert: Mohawk auditorium: Band and Chorus
5:30p.m. – arrival and rehearsal with 6th grade students
6:30p.m. – concert begins
Students will need: instrument, music and concert dress

Monday May 25th: Memorial Day Parade: West Branch Cemetery: Colrain: Band only
9:00a.m. – arrival at West Branch
9:30 a.m. – parade and ceremony
10:30.m. – pick up at cemetery
Students will need: a ride to West Branch, instrument, music
Dress is as follows: Black pants/shoes, white polo shirt

Monday June 8th & Thursday June 11th: Elementary School Performances: Band and Chorus

Monday June 8th:
8:00a.m. departure from Mohawk
performances in Rowe, Hawlemont, & BSE – Lunch at Mohawk

Thursday June 11th:
8:00a.m. – departure from Mohawk
performances in Heath & Sanderson – lunch at Mohawk

For both trips students will need: permission slip, music, instrument. (dress TBA)

 ***If you have any questions about any of these events please contact me at 413-512-0042 or at gglover@mohawkschools.org

ALSO: Please note that this year’s Kids In Concert performance will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30p.m. in the auditorium at Mohawk. This is our 10th anniversary of this event! Please come and support the elementary Band and Chorus students!

Saturday's Photos

A few photos and an in-pool performance video from Williamsburg.

Group photo after Saturday breakfast.

Trying on colonial garb in Jamestown Settlement.

Singing in the pool (video screenshot.) Link to the video on the MMA facebook page.

Awards ceremony.

Awards ceremony.
See more photos on the Mohawk Music Department facebook page: morning activities and evening awards.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Festival Performance Photos

Friday's Festival performance photos shared on the MMA facebook page.
"We have been busy here in Virginia. The sun has been shining, and everything is green. We don't think the audience believed that it was snowing when we left home."
Concert Band

Concert Chorus

Select Chorus

Select Chorus
Today everyone gets to relax at a fun day in the park:
Saturday, April 25
Guided tour of Jamestown Settlement in the morning, followed by an afternoon at Busch Gardens Amusement Park. The Music Festival Awards Ceremony is inside the park in the evening.

Sunday, April 26
Bus departs from Williamsburg in the morning and arrives at Mohawk in the evening.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Select Chorus Evening Song

Middle School Music Director Gina Glover shared a video of the Mohawk Select Chorus singing at the Thursday evening African American music concert at the Great Hopes Plantation.

Screenshot from the video.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Williamsburg Trip

[Update 4/29/2015:  Trip photos here, here, here, and here.]


The Mohawk High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will travel to Williamsburg, VA on Thursday, April 23, to participate in the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival and Competition, and then return home on Sunday.

Worldstrides Heritage Performance is renowned for their high quality festivals, which are held each year in major American cities (as well as some destinations in Europe). Williamsburg, VA is one of their most popular destinations on the East Coast, and schools from all over the country will be coming to participate.

On the day of the festival, each group will have warm-up and performance time. Performances will be assessed by professional adjudicators (usually faculty members of Universities and Conservatories of Music). Directly after the performance, groups will receive coaching from adjudicators on stage.

Itinerary Highlights

Thursday, April 23
Depart from Mohawk in the early morning and travel via coach bus to Williamsburg, VA. Dinner at Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill, followed by an African American Music Concert at the Great Hopes Plantation, and then a Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour.

Friday, April 24
Choral Music Festival in the morning, followed by lunch in Merchant’s Square. Instrumental Music Festival in the afternoon, then attend an evening concert: Virginia International Tattoo Concert at Scope Plaza, Norfolk.

Saturday, April 25
Guided tour of Jamestown Settlement in the morning, followed by an afternoon at Busch Gardens Amusement Park. The Music Festival Awards Ceremony is inside the park in the evening.

Sunday, April 26
Bus departs from Williamsburg in the morning and arrives at Mohawk in the evening.

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.


This trip is also made possible by the generosity of many local individuals and businesses that supported the fundraising efforts of the students and the Mohawk Music Association. Thank you!

Monday, April 20, 2015

BSE Flow Reports on Kids in Concert and Lyonnaise



More music news in the latest edition of the BSE flow:  Kids in Concert and the Mary Lyon Foundation Lyonnaise. Pick up a copy locally or check out the digital version with this link.

This is the 10th anniversary of Kids in Concert. Music teacher Sandy Carter is pleased to report that Buckland Shelburne Elementary will have about 50 performers at the concert,  which includes musicians from the 4th, 5th and 6th grade of elementary schools in the Mohawk Schools Districts: Buckland-Shelburne Elementary, Colrain Central School, Hawlemont Regional, Heath Elementary, and Sanderson Academy.  The concert is Thursday, April 30, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, with performances by the band, chorus and a string ensemble. Featured this year is a song that was arranged by local composer Alice Parker, who will be in the audience for the performance. The Mohawk Music Association will once again be providing ice cream to the performers after the concert.

Mohawk High School and Middle School choral ensembles will be performing at the Mary Lyon Foundation Lyonnaise on Sunday, May 3, from 2pm - 5pm at the Shelbune Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls. The Lyonnaise celebrates excellence in local education.

Both events are open to the public and admission is free.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

MMA April Meeting

The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 pm in the school library.




1980 - A New Jersey state assemblyman introduced a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" the official state song.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Middle School Hockey Game Photos

Middle School Music Director Gina Glover shared some photos of the Middle School Band and Chorus performing at the Springfield Falcons hockey game on March 27th.

Band performing on the concourse before the game





Chorus performing "God Bless America" on the ice before the game
It was a great experience for the students to have the opportunity to perform before a large crowd (reported attendance: 4019), and then they got to watch an exciting, high-scoring game. The Falcons lost to the visiting Worcester Sharks by a score of 6 to 3.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's April 5, 2015 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

Happy Spring!  Below you can find a summary of what students are learning in high school music classes.  You can also read about our upcoming Competition Trip, Tri-M activities with elementary and middle school music students, our spring events schedule, and registration info for Summer Band Camp!  Info on special workshops for Chorus and Select Chorus and Concert Band’s recent participation in the MICCA Festival can also be found below.
Scott Halligan
shalligan@mohawkschools.org

What’s Happening in the Music Room?

Here is a summary of what Mohawk Music students are currently working on:


Concert Band students are reflecting on their recent experience at the MICCA Festival, listening to their performance recording and studying written comments provided by adjudicators.  Based on this feedback, students will make adjustments to their playing in preparation for the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Festival and Competition in Williamsburg, Virginia (details below). 

Both Concert Chorus and Select Chorus are going through a similar process, reviewing judges’ comments from performances last year and making adjustments to prepare for the upcoming competition.  Next week, all singers in both groups will have vocal workshops with Shelley Roberts (more info below). 

Students in Strings Class are developing music literacy skills, sight-reading classical music in traditional notation and rock and pop music from lead sheets.  

Jazz Band students are transferring their knowledge about jazz improvisation from their primary instruments to their secondary instruments.  They are also making fantastic progress on A Night in Tunisia.” 

Music Theory students are working on their midterm project, using Musescore to create a lead sheet for John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” They are transcribing the melody, lyrics, chords, and rhythm of the song.

Please feel free to visit High School Music class pages!

Virginia Trip!
Mohawk Music’s trip to Williamsburg, Virginia for the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Competition is right around the corner!  The Mohawk High School Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus are all poised to have very strong performances. 

Please note: Students participating in the trip will be bringing home a packet of information next week.  The packet will include an itinerary, contact information, a code of conduct, a packing list, a medical form, and a permission slip.  All information will also be posted on my class pages early next week.  Please review these items carefully and contact me immediately with any concerns.

Spring Events – mark your calendars!
Mohawk Music students are bringing home information about Mohawk Music events for the remainder of the year.  The info is also available here.  Parents, please read the information carefully, note the requirements for attire, mark your calendars, sign and return asap!

Mohawk Warriors Band Camp – August 10-14, 8:00 am-noon
This summer, concert band students entering grades 9-12 are welcome to sign up for a week of Band Camp!  Students will receive registration forms next week.  The registration form and additional information is also available here.
Who: Mohawk Band Members entering grades 9-12
What: Band Camp!
When: August 10-14, 8:00 am-noon
Where: Mohawk High School
Why: To develop musicianship, basic marching skills, and esprit de corps!
Details:  At this camp, Students will focus on building instrumental music skills, marching band basics, and developing esprit de corps.  The week will be structured around team-building activities, Marching Band practice, and a series of workshops and activities on specific skills: Marching Basics; Musicianship; Jazz Improvisation; Battery Percussion; and Performance.  Open to novices and experienced instrumentalists entering grades 9-12.
Day 1 – Welcome, Team Building, Marching Basics
Day 2 – Team Building, Marching Practice, Musicianship 101
Day 3 – Team Building, Marching Practice, Jazz Improvisation
Day 4 – Team Building, Marching Practice, Battery Percussion
Day 5 – Team Building, Informal Performance, Picnic Lunch
Cost:  $100 per student
Students who qualify for reduced lunch: $50
Students who qualify for free lunch: $0

Tri-M Activities
Tri-M members will be volunteering in next week’s Kids in Concert band rehearsal at Mohawk High School.  The following week, Tri-M will be hosting a step-up day for 8th grade singers and instrumentalists, inviting them into High School Band and Chorus classes and leading a variety of activities to connect Middle School Music and High School Music!

Mary Lyon Foundation Mini-Grant: Vocal Workshops
Thanks to a Mary Lyon Foundation Mini-Grant, members of both Concert Chorus and Select Chorus will be working with soprano Shelley Roberts next week in a series of vocal workshops!  Singers are studying “With Drooping Wings,” the haunting and tragic conclusion to Henry Purcell’s 1688 opera Dido and Aeneas.  In order to meet the challenges in this piece, our singers will learn special vocal techniques and performances practices with Ms. Roberts – the same Shelley Roberts who directed last year’s “Wizard of Oz” and this year’s “Seussical”!  Incidentally, Ms. Roberts is a Mohawk alumni and a graduate of Westminster Choir College. 

Concert Band at the MICCA Festival – March 28
Last weekend, Concert Band participated for the first time in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival.   The MICCA Festival has very high standards, and our band received a very respectable Bronze Award!  At the festival, which took place at Belchertown High School on Saturday, March 28, the band’s performance was followed by an informative 30 minute clinic with one of the judges.  Students in Concert Band will be listening to a recording of their performance and read the adjudicators’ comments and suggestions for improvement.  This is a very important formative assessment for Concert Band, and we look forward to the opportunity to receive critical feedback as we aspire to higher levels of performance. 

Middle School Music News from Ms. Glover

Upcoming Performances Information:
Hello – we have quite a busy spring ahead of us! The following is an overview of all of the remaining performances for the year including dates, times, and what your child will need for each performance.

Saturday May 2nd: Music in the Parks 6Flags NewEngland: Band and Chorus
6:30a.m. - meet at Mohawk
7:00 – depart
8:00 – warm up & performances Holyoke HS
12:00 – 6 Flags arrival
5:00 – dinner together & awards
9:00 – depart 6 Flags
10:00p.m. – arrive at Mohawk
Students will need: Permission slip, instrument, music, concert dress, money for one meal (or they may bring a lunch to eat on the bus), money for drinks or souvenirs.
(Information has gone home already, permission slip is attached. $45 due: checks made out to Mohawk)

Sunday May 3rd: Mary Lyon “Lyonnaise” performance: Chorus and 8th grade Band only
3:30p.m. – arrival at Shelburne/Buckland Community center
4:00 - 4:30 – performance
Students will need: Instrument, music and concert dress
**we will be meeting at the community center 53 Main st. Shelburne Falls, Ma

Thursday May 14th: Spring Concert: Mohawk auditorium: Band and Chorus
5:30p.m. – arrival and rehearsal with 6th grade students
6:30p.m. – concert begins
Students will need: instrument, music and concert dress

Monday May 25th: Memorial Day Parade: West Branch Cemetery: Colrain: Band only
9:00a.m. – arrival at West Branch
9:30 a.m. – parade and ceremony
10:30.m. – pick up at cemetery
Students will need: a ride to West Branch, instrument, music
**Dress is as follows: Black pants/shoes, white polo shirt

Monday June 8th & Thursday June 11th: Elementary School Performances: Band and Chorus

Monday June 8th:
8:00a.m. departure from Mohawk
performances in Rowe, Hawlemont, & BSE – Lunch at Mohawk

Thursday June 11th:
8:00a.m. – departure from Mohawk
performances in Heath & Sanderson – lunch at Mohawk
 **for both trips students will need: permission slip, music, instrument. (dress TBA)

***If you have any questions about any of these events please contact me at 413-512-0042 or at gglover@mohawkschools.org

Please see “Permission Slips” on my class pages to access permission slips:
https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/middle-school-music/permission-slips