Sunday, September 27, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's September 27, 2015 Newsletter:

Mr Halligan's Class Pages
High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
It was great seeing so many families at Open House!  If we missed you, feel free to call me or email me any time with questions about the music program.  Also, thank you to everyone who helped make our 3rd annual Car Wash Fundraiser a success!  Students earned over $250!

Read below about our upcoming events and fundraisers.
The next MMA meeting will be on October 6 at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library.  All are welcome!
Scott Halligan
625-9811 x1317

High School Music Calendar
Check out the High School Music Events Calendar HERE!   

Booster Day Parade – October 9, 5pm
Keep an eye out for the Mohawk Warriors Marching Band on Booster Day!  The Booster Day Parade will once again feature our Mohawk Warriors Marching Band!  The parade steps off from Arms Academy at 5pm.

Select Chorus at Fall Festival – October 11, 11:00-11:45am
Our Select Chorus will be performing once again at the Ashfield Fall Festival this year!  Come to check out their latest work (and stop by the Baked Potato Booth)!  They have a prime time mid-day time slot; Main Street and the town common are sure to be packed!  Be sure to get there early to park!

Annapolis Trip –Deposit due October 16
Deposits for this year’s trip are due October 16.  The suggested deposit amount is $50, but families are welcome to pay more or less.
High School Band and Chorus members will be traveling to Annapolis, MD in April for the Annapolis Exhibition Music Festival.  Students will participate in the festival, visit the Smithsonian Museums, and attend concerts at the Naval Academy and the Kennedy Center.

Student Fundraisers
Florida Citrus – Music Students in the High School and Middle School are taking orders for high quality Florida Citrus!  Proceeds benefit the students directly and help to pay for their trips this year (Worldstrides Heritage Exhibition Festival in Annapolis, Maryland for High School students; Music in the Parks for Middle School students).  Orders are due by October 23.  Citrus will arrive in time for Thanksgiving!

Business Sponsorships – High School Music Students are currently seeking individual sponsorships from businesses to help pay for their trip to Annapolis. For a tax deductable donation of $100, businesses support an individual Mohawk Music student, and in return receive advertising in the Music Department Concert Programs. If you have a business and are interested in sponsoring a student, please email Mr. Halligan at: shalligan@gmail.com

MMA Fundraisers – Booster Day Pie Sale! Potato Booth at Fall Festival!
The Mohawk Music Association will be running their annual Pie Sale at the Booster Day Game on Friday, October 9 at Mohawk.  Be sure to stop by the MMA tent for a slice (or two) during the game!

Over Columbus Day weekend, the MMA will once again have their famous Baked Potato booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival.  These baked potatoes from the Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm in Hatfield are hefty and delicious, and they come with toppings of your choice: bacon, broccoli, butter, cheese, chives, salsa, salt & pepper, sour cream, taco meat (ground turkey & seasoning) – all free!  Plus, if the weather happens to be cold that weekend, your baked potato doubles as a hand warmer!

If you are interested in volunteering to help with these important fundraisers, email: MohawkMusicAssociation@gmail.com

MMA Meeting – Oct. 6, 6:30pm, Mohawk Library
All parents of music students at Mohawk are invited to the MMA meeting on October 6, 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library!

“Something Rotten” on Broadway
Students in the Middle School and High School Music program are eligible to participate in a special trip to New York City on November 4 to see “Something Rotten” on Broadway.  The total cost of the trip is $75.  We have 85 tickets reserved and they are available while they last on a first come first served basis. For those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, $40 is due ASAP.  Email Mr. Halligan with any questions: shalligan@mohawkschools.org

Mohawk Music Association
If you are the parent of a music student at Mohawk, please get involved in the Mohawk Music Association! For more information visit the MMA Website at http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/  
The Mohawk Music Association (MMA) supports the music students and programs of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and is composed of parents, community members and other music friends working throughout the year to:
·       raise funds to help the music department and provide scholarships to graduating music students
·       assist the music department in its activities
·       encourage youth and adult interest in music.
The Mohawk Music Association meets during the school year on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  The next regularly scheduled MMA meeting is Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 pm.
All are welcome.

Mrs. Clark's Class Pages
Middle School Music News from Mrs. Clark

NYC:
The MS/HS Music department will be taking their annual trip to Broadway on Wednesday, November 4th. This year we will be seeing "Something Rotten" which tells the story of 2 brothers in the year 1590 who are writing the world's first musical after desperate attempts to become playwrights during the time of William Shakespeare's fame.
Tickets are on sale now and are $75 total. An intent form has gone home, asking for a $40 deposit to reserve the ticket. We have limited spots, and it is recommended to return forms a.s.a.p. If your child is in need of another form please have them contact me in class!

Springfield Falcon's hockey game:
On Friday November 13th the Middle School Band and Chorus will be performing at the Springfield Falcon's hockey game. The Band will perform on the concourse, and the Chorus will be performing the national anthem on the ice! This is also a fundraiser for us! Tickets are $18 and the music department will receive $6 back on each ticket. In the past we have used the funds to pay for busses for future trips, or to reduce ticket prices for students for our Six Flags festival, which will take place in May. Students have received information at open house, or in class this week. Tickets are on sale now, and anyone can come! Parents, family, friends! Checks should be made out to Mohawk and all orders returned to me no later than November 1st. Tickets will be distributed to students beginning November 9th. Our goal this year is to sell 100 tickets! We hope that you can come out and support us at this wonderful event!

Open House and MMA
A BIG thank you to all Middle School Chorus students who performed at our open house last week. Excellent job!! I am so proud of you. It was also great to meet so many parents this year!  Hope that you will all consider becoming a part of the Mohawk Music Association! Our next meeting will be Tuesday October 6th in the library at 6:30p.m. We are always looking for new members!

Junior District Festival:
The Western Ma Junior District music festival is an audition based music festival for band and chorus, and string students in grades 7-9. (Grade 6 for strings). This festival combines students from all over Western MA, and is a great way to increase musical skills and work with students from other schools. The auditions are December 5th. If students are accepted there will be 2 rehearsals and one concert. Last year 3 of our 8th grade chorus students participated and had a fun and very enriching experience. I will be sending home information soon. I also have more information on the "junior districts" link on my class pages. I am hoping to have more chorus students, and band students participate this year!

Class pages
Please visit my class pages, found on the website! There you will find much more information about the Middle School music program at Mohawk including: upcoming performances, information about grading, assignments, links to our MMA and Facebook pages, and more!!  https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/middle-school-music/home

Monday, September 21, 2015

Car Wash Fundraiser – Wednesday, September 23, 1:00-4:30pm

Bring your sap covered Subaru or dusty old Dodge or whatever you drive to Mohawk's parking lot on Wednesday afternoon and have it washed by some enthusiastic music students! Please make a generous donation to show your appreciation for their service.

The details:
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00-4:30pm. Music department Car Wash in the Mohawk parking lot after school (early release day.) Mohawk High School Music Students will be washing cars and trucks and accepting donations to support the Music Department! This event is being organized by the Mohawk Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Interested in participating in this event as a chaperone? Email Mr. Halligan: shalligan@mohawkschools.org

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mohawk Open House Thursday, Sep. 17

The High School Chorus performs at the 2014 Fall Open House:  "...the acoustics in the foyer will take your breath away!"
Lots to hear, see, and do at tonight's All-School Open House at Mohawk. Click here for a schedule and more information from Principal Lynn Dole.

Be sure to arrive in time for the 6:15-6:30 pm Choral performances by middle school and high school ensembles in the front foyer. Music Director Scott Halligan says "These groups are off to a very good start this year – and the acoustics in the foyer will take your breath away! Later that evening, please stop by the music room (freshly painted!) and say hello!"

Please visit the Mohawk Music Association table in the hallway near the auditorium to learn more about the music programs and how you can get involved.

Two of our big fundraisers are coming up soon and we would love to have your help!
  • Sign up to bake a pie for our Booster Day Pie Sale
  • Sign up to bake potatoes or work in the sale tent at our Ashfield Fall Festival Baked Potato Sale

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

MMA and Music Department meetings Tue. Sep. 15

The High School Music Student/Parent Mandatory Meeting will be at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. 
The MMA Meeting will follow at 7:00pm, location TBD. Depending on how large a group we are, we might be most comfortable in the library, the music room, or the auditorium.  

Mandatory Music Meeting – Tuesday, September 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium
The Mohawk Music Association and I are holding a mandatory meeting for students in the High School Band and Chorus programs and their parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:30pm in the auditorium.
Students will be fitted for their concert attire at this time.  We will not have an “in school” attire fitting this year, so every student in Band and Chorus must be present at this meeting!  Students and parents will also fill out and sign a contract regarding concert attire.
Parents will receive important information about this year’s calendar of events, including the Band and Chorus trip to Annapolis, Maryland.  My expectation is that 100% of band and chorus students participate in this important trip, which is an integral part of our curriculum.  The Music Department and the MMA are committed to working with families as much as possible to make this expectation of 100% participation feasible for everyone.  We will discuss details of the trip, the cost, and available scholarships at this meeting.  Please contact me with any questions: shalligan@mohawkschools.org

Mohawk Music Association Meeting - Tuesday, September 15, 7:00pm (location TBD:  depending on size of group the meeting may be in the library, the music room, or the auditorium.)
Agenda:
I. Minutes
II. Treasurer's report
III. Director's report
     a. Scott
     b. Gina
IV. Open house
V. Fundraising
VI. Fall Festival

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's September 12, 2015 Newsletter:

 High School Music News from Mr. Halligan:
This will be another exciting year for Music at Mohawk! Mrs. Clark and I have lots of great concerts and events planned, including the Winter and Spring Concerts, Junior and Senior Districts, the MICCA Festival, a trip to New York City to see a show on Broadway, and a trip to Annapolis, Maryland in April for high school band and chorus members. Our chapter of Tri-M, the National Music Honors Society is also actively planning activities and fundraisers. This is a great year to be involved in Mohawk Music!

Evening Chorus – Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm
On Wednesday evenings, Mr. Halligan is offering an additional Chorus class. If your student can't fit chorus into their schedule, this is for them! Evening Chorus bears one credit per semester, and students who enroll are eligible to participate in all Music Department concerts and events. The “Evening Chorus” combines with the “Day Chorus” for performances. The high school chorus can always use more voices - especially young men's voices! No experience is necessary, and the more the merrier! It's a friendly environment where students all learn to make music together.
Students who decide to enroll in Evening Chorus will also be eligible to participate in the trip to Annapolis, Maryland in April to perform in the Worldstrides Heritage Exhibition Festival.

Select Chorus – Rehearsal Schedule
Select Chorus rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm.

Mandatory Music Meeting – Tuesday, September 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium*
The Mohawk Music Association and I are holding a mandatory meeting for students in the High School Band and Chorus programs and their parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:30pm in the auditorium.
Students will be fitted for their concert attire at this time.  We will not have an “in school” attire fitting this year, so every student in Band and Chorus must be present at this meeting!  Students and parents will also fill out and sign a contract regarding concert attire.
Parents will receive important information about this year’s calendar of events, including the Band and Chorus trip to Annapolis, Maryland.  My expectation is that 100% of band and chorus students participate in this important trip, which is an integral part of our curriculum.  The Music Department and the MMA are committed to working with families as much as possible to make this expectation of 100% participation feasible for everyone.  We will discuss details of the trip, the cost, and available scholarships at this meeting.  Please contact me with any questions: shalligan@mohawkschools.org
(*note: Auditorium is the correct location, instead of Music Room)

Choirs Perform at Open House – Thursday, September 17, 6:15-6:30pm
Come early to Open House next Thursday to hear the Middle School Chorus and High School Select Chorus perform in the foyer. These groups are off to a very good start this year – and the acoustics in the foyer will take your breath away! Later that evening, please stop by the music room (freshly painted!) and say hello!

Car Wash Fundraiser – Wednesday, September 23, 1:00-4:30pm
Need a Car Wash? Come to our Car Wash Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 23! From 1:00-4:30pm, Mohawk High School Music Students will be washing cars and trucks and accepting donations to support the Music Department! This event is being organized by the Mohawk Chapter of Tri-M, the National Music Honors Society.
Interested in participating in this event as a chaperone? Email Mr. Halligan: shalligan@mohawkschools.org

Select Chorus at the Ashfield Fall Festival – Sunday, October 11, 11:00am 
The Mohawk Select Chorus will perform at the Ashfield Fall Festival on Sunday, October 11 at 11:00am. Please come to hear this fantastic group of singers! And while you're there, you'll want to visit the Mohawk Music Association booth for a delicious Baked Potato!

Mohawk Music Association
If you are the parent of a music student at Mohawk, please get involved in the Mohawk Music Association! For more information visit the MMA Website at http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/ 
The Mohawk Music Association (MMA) supports the music students and programs of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and is composed of parents, community members and other music friends working throughout the year to:
·      raise funds to help the music department and provide scholarships to graduating music students
·      assist the music department in its activities
·      encourage youth and adult interest in music.

The Mohawk Music Association meets during the school year on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  The next regularly scheduled MMA meeting is Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 pm.
All are welcome to attend. 
  
Announcing Auditions for A Very Potter Musical (AVPM)
AVPM soundtrack art
Mohawk senior Zach Arfa is directing this spoof musical on Harry Potter that was developed by a theater group out of the University of Michigan.  Zach has scheduled auditions for the show and students who are interested in getting involved can sign up in the Front Office. 

More information about the musical on Wikipedia's AVPM page:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Very_Potter_Musical

YouTube video, Act 1, Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwM_AKeMCk

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mandatory Meeting

From Mr. Halligan: 

Mandatory Music Meeting – Tuesday, September 15, 6:30pm in the Auditorium*

The Mohawk Music Association and I are holding a mandatory meeting for students in the High School Band and Chorus programs and their parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:30pm in the auditorium.

Students will be fitted for their concert attire at this time.  We will not have an “in school” attire fitting this year, so every student in Band and Chorus must be present at this meeting!  Students and parents will also fill out and sign a contract regarding concert attire.

Parents will receive important information about this year’s calendar of events, including the Band and Chorus trip to Annapolis, Maryland.  My expectation is that 100% of band and chorus students participate in this important trip, which is an integral part of our curriculum.  The Music Department and the MMA are committed to working with families as much as possible to make this expectation of 100% participation feasible for everyone.  We will discuss details of the trip, the cost, and available scholarships at this meeting.  Please contact me with any questions: shalligan@mohawkschools.org
(*note: Auditorium is the correct location, instead of Music Room)

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