Monday, December 21, 2015

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's December 21, 2015 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Please read below about our recent performances!  You can also read about the Coupon Book fundraiser we are wrapping up, and about next payments for the Annapolis Trip.  
Happy Holidays!
Scott Halligan

Winter Concert Video is Online!
To everyone who came out to spend the evening with us at our Winter Concert – Thank You!
If you missed the concert, or if you were there and would like to see it again, Falls Cable has posted video of the concert online!  At this time, you can access video of the second half of the concert.
You can view it here!  Thank you, Falls Cable!
Thank You Charlemont Senior Center and Shelburne Falls Women’s Club!
High School choirs were privileged to be invited to perform at two community events last week.  The Charlemont Senior Center hosted our singers at the beautiful Charlemont Federated Church, and then shared a fabulous meal with us.  Thank you!
The Shelburne Falls Women’s Club hosted Select Chorus at the Shelburne Falls Community Center, made a donation to our program, and shared a reception with us.  Thank you!
What a pleasure it was to share great music (and great food!) with these important groups in our community!  We hope to return again next year!
Fundraising – Coupon Books
The deadline to purchase coupon books is Wednesday, December 23 at 2:30pm!  
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 shalligan@mohawkschools.org
Annapolis Payment Update
The next payment for the Annapolis trip is due by January 15.   
Students in Band and Chorus will take home an info sheet next week listing the money they have contributed to the trip and their total balance due.  A payment will be required by January 15 for most students, but many students are paid in full!  I will also send home information about how to apply for scholarships.
Please contact me with any questions: shalligan@mohawkschools.org
MMA Meeting – January 12, 6:30pm
The next meeting of the Mohawk Music Association is January 12 at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library.  Be there!

Middle School News from Mrs. Clark
Thank you to all students and families who came out for our winter concert on Thursday, December 10. It was a pleasure to spend the evening listening to all of our wonderful and talented performers here at Mohawk. After the break I will be sending out more information regarding upcoming winter and spring performances for both the Band and Chorus. Until then, I wish you all a safe, and wonderful vacation and holiday season!


Eagerly anticipating this year’s musical in March

Auditions for this year’s musical will be held on Monday, January 4, afterschool for all students in grades 8-12 who are interested in performing. This year's production will be "Urinetown", an award-winning musical that imagines a community with a critical water shortage where the government has banned the use of private toilets. The citizens must use public facilities that are controlled by a single corporation that profits by charging admission for this basic need, and the people organize to challenge this situation. The show is a satire that examines capitalism, social inequality, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, local politics, and musical theater. We selected this show in part because it invites us to explore environmental and social issues while also being a challenging and engaging production for our student performers.

Mohawk welcomes Will MacAdams as Director of this year’s production.  He writes,

“I am proud to be joining the Mohawk community to direct "Urinetown."  I've been a teacher and a theater director for over twenty years.  I have taught theater in colleges (most recently at Hampshire College), high schools, after-school programs, and in the juvenile justice system.  I have worked in theater in South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, and across the U.S. 

What matters to me is community - places that people feel passionate about, places where stories are the lifeblood.   This is clearly that kind of place.

"Urinetown" is a story of struggle in difficult times and it is also about how to laugh at ourselves and make music in the midst of loss.  I'm excited for your participation and your partnership in the process - necessary ingredients in making this an incredible show and, even more importantly, a transformative learning process for the wonderful Mohawk students.

Will MacAdams, Director of the 2016 Mohawk Musical

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Winter Concert

High School Concert Band performing at the 2014 Winter Concert
The annual Winter Concert is Thursday, December 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!

This concert is free and open to the public. Monetary donations for the Music Department will be accepted.

You won’t want to miss this! Bring your friends and family for some winter warmth! We hope to see you there!

Concessions will be available during intermission. Proceeds will go to the Mohawk Music Association and will be used to enhance the music education for students at Mohawk.

Concert Bake Sale
Baking Help Needed!
We are looking for volunteers to donate baked goods for our concession table at the Winter Concert. If you can help us out, please bring your items (must be individually wrapped in an amount to sell for $1.00) to the concert that evening, or you may have your child bring them to the music room that day. Thank you for your help and support!
Gingerbread Biscotti - fresh from the oven and heading to the bake sale!

Concert Chorus Performing for the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club


"Songs to Warm the Heart (and the Toes)" performed by members of the Mohawk Regional High School Student Chorus, under the direction of Scott Halligan, 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.

Scott Halligan has been at Mohawk for four years. Previously he taught music at Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. The Mohawk music department performs at 20 to 30 events each year, with more than 50 students participating in various music events.

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 kayberenson@gmail.com

Monday, December 7, 2015

MMA December Meeting, and more

Middle School Band performs at the 2014 Winter Concert.
It is a busy week ahead, with our monthly MMA meeting, four performance events by Mohawk Music ensembles, and two weekend performances of the play Arsenic and Old Lace.

The Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, December 8, at 6:30 pm in the school library. Please join us.

On the agenda:  we'll get updates from the Music Directors about their upcoming events, plan for the Winter Concert Bake Sale, and more!


Baking Help Needed!
 We are looking for volunteers to donate baked goods for our concession table at the Winter Concert. If you can help us out, please bring your items (must be individually wrapped in an amount to sell for $1.00) to the concert that evening, or you may have your child bring them to the music room that day. Thank you for your help and support!


Performances This Week
Tuesday, December 8, 1:00pm. Middle School Chorus will perform at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center holiday luncheon.

Wednesday, December 9, 11:15am. Concert Chorus performs at the Charlemont Senior Center

Wednesday, December 9, 7 pm. Select Chorus performs at the Shelburne Falls Women's Club

Thursday, December 10, 6:30pm. Winter Concert performances by all High School and Middle School music students. Mohawk auditorium

Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 7:00 pm. MAEC presents the play Arsenic and Old Lace in the school auditorium

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!  
Best,
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 kayberenson@gmail.com

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 shalligan@mohawkschools.org  

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 gclark@mohawkschools.org.
**Please note: This is a mandatory concert for all students.
Please continue to check out my class pages at: https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/middle-school-music/


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. 
Sincerely,
Principal Lynn R. Dole

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Job Posting: Director of Musical Production


The process is underway to hire a Director for this Spring's musical. The job is posted on the Mohawk Central District website:
Director of Musical Production - Mohawk Trail Regional Middle/High School
https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/job-postings/job-postings
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Uir234mAxqejJRSXZEZVhtbEU/view

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hilltown Harmony Holiday Concert

Hilltown Harmony's Holiday Concert is this Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls (map). Three groups will be coming together to celebrate the season in style! Come enjoy the season with Hilltown Harmony, Mohawk's Concert Chorus (not Select Chorus as listed on the flyer), and a brass quintet.

The event is free of charge, but they are accepting lightly used articles of clothing as a donation which will go directly to the Community Clothes Closet.

You can also join them beforehand at the community meal, also held at Trinity Church, which is served at 5:30pm.