Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Music Students Depart Thursday for Annapolis Heritage Festival

Mohawk High School Band,Chorus, and Select Chorus members will be traveling to Annapolis, MD on April 7-10, 2016 for the Annapolis Exhibition Music Festival. Students will participate in the festival, visit some Smithsonian Museums, and attend concerts at the Naval Academy and the Kennedy Center.


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). Schools from all over the country will be coming to participate. We will be competing with schools that have fewer than 600 students, and we will hear the work of many others. 

On the day of the festival, each of our groups 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. Performances will also be recorded, and we will receive copies of the recording with adjudicators' comments.

Thursday, April 7:
5:30 AM: Arrive at Mohawk (cafeteria door) and load bus
(Yup. 5:30 in the morning. This is not a misprint!)
6:00am departure. Stops en route for lunch/snacks
3:00pm: Hotel check-in, prepare for evening out
4:30pm: Dinner at Golden Corral
6:30pm: Arrive at KennedyCenter
Nikolaj Znaider conducts a program that includes Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27,
featuring pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Performance
held in the Concert Hall, running time 1 hour, 40 minutes.
9:00pm: Return to hotel

Friday, April 8:           
8:30am: Breakfast at HardRock Cafe
After breakfast, depart for Smithsonian Museums
            Mid-day: Lunch on-own
            3:30pm: depart for US Naval Academy in Annapolis
Performance by premier concert organist Monte Maxwell on an instrument important
to the academy's history. The Main Organ Console, which was paid for by a gift from
the Naval Academy Class of 1951, is the largest drawknob organ console in the world. Its specifications include: 268 ranks plus percussion and traps, 522 drawknobs, 796 total controls, 15688 pipes and 5 manuals.
6:30pm: Dinner on US Naval Academy grounds
Under the direction of Cindy Bauchspies
9:00pm: Return to hotel

Saturday, April 9: 
7:00am: Buffet Breakfast at hotel

109 Burns Crossing Rd.
Severn, MD 21144
8:50: Concert Band Warm Up
9:20: Concert Band Performance
            Northeast Senior High School
1121 Duvall Highway
Pasadena, MD 21122
11:15am: Panera Bread lunch delivery
12:10pm: Concert Chorus Warm Up
12:40pm: Concert Chorus Performance
            1:50pm: Select Chorus Warm Up
2:10pm: Select Chorus Performance
            4:00pm: Depart for hotel for down time and change for Medieval Times Banquet
            6:00pm: Arrive at Medieval Times for Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremony
            9:30pm: Return to hotel

Sunday, April 10:
9:30am: Room Check, Check Out, Load Bus and Depart for home 
            Stops en route for lunch/snacks.
6:00 PM (Approx) return to Mohawk, unload bus, parent pick-up.

Scott Halligan
Music Director
625-9811 x1317

Look for updates and more information on Mr. Halligan's Mohawk High School Music website:

38 students in Concert Band, Concert Chorus, and Select Chorus will be participating in the Annapolis Music Festival.  Our ensembles will be adjudicated by a panel of distinguished music educators, and will each receive a 30 minute clinic with one of the judges.  Additionally, students will attend a National Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center, a Women’s Glee Club concert at the US Naval Academy, visit the Smithsonian Museums, and attend concerts by other schools from across the country.
Thanks to donations, scholarships, community support, and fundraising, the per-student cost for this trip has come down from the September estimate of $365. It is now $284!  
The school district transportation budget, the Mohawk Music Association, Local Cultural Councils, and the Mary Lyon Foundation have all made significant contributions.  The Mary Lyon Foundation has provided scholarships for over a dozen students.  We also received a significant donation from a community member.  Several local businesses have sponsored our students, and we have received valuable contributions from the Shelburne Falls Women's Club, the Shelburne Grange, and the Charlemont Senior Center.  Dozens of individuals supported our students by purchasing our fundraising items, Florida citrus and Western Mass coupon books - and of course several parents and members of the MMA have offered vital support in terms of planning and logistics. 
Thanks to this support, we will be taking 100% of eligible students who want to participate!

This program is supported in part by grants from the Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Cummington,  Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.