Sunday, June 19, 2016

Shelburne Falls Military Band 2016 Schedule

Playing in the band shell in 2011
An outdoor concert is a great way to spend a summer evening. The Shelburne Falls Military Band has many Mohawk alumni playing in their ensemble, and sometimes current Mohawk students. Be sure to catch at least one of their performances this summer!

Shelburne Falls Military Band 2016 Schedule.
All concerts are Wednesday from 7-8:30pm unless otherwise stated.

Monday May 30
8 AM Memorial Day Parade Buckland
10:30 Shelburne Falls

Wednesday June 15
Band Shell @ Buckland Shelburne Elementary School

Wednesday June 22
Band Shell @ Buckland Shelburne Elementary School

Wednesday June 29
Arms Academy, Shelburne Falls

Monday July 4
Probably 11 or 11:30ish Parade and Concert Shelburne Falls

Wednesday July 6
Shelburne Center Grange

Wednesday July 13
Mary Lyon Church, Buckland Center

Wednesday July 20
Charlemont Federated Church

Wednesday July 27
Band Shell @ Buckland Shelburne Elementary School

Saturday July 30
1-2:30 PM Buckland Summer Day Concert, Mary Lyon Church

Wednesday August 3
Shelburne Center Grange

Wednesday August 10
Band Shell @ Buckland Shelburne Elementary School

Saturday August 13
10 AM Parade Whitingham, VT Old Home Day

Wednesday August 17
Colrain Community Church

Sunday August 21
11:30-12:30 Heath Fair Concert

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Maestro Halligan

Mr. Halligan came to our final meeting of the school year last night and we were able to express our thanks to him for his four years of wonderful work with our students and his enthusiastic leadership of the Mohawk Music Department. Goodbye and good luck in your new job!

Unwrapping a gift

Group hug with seniors at Spring Concert

Leading the band at Memorial Day 2013

In the music room at Mohawk

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mohawk Music Department Announcement

An email came today from the Mohawk Superintendent to the school community:

Dear Mohawk MS-HS Community:

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Mohawk Music Teacher, Mr. Scott Halligan, has accepted a position with Longmeadow Public Schools.  Mr. Halligan has been with Mohawk for the past four years and has made remarkable contributions to our music department and students.  He will be greatly missed.  We wish Scott and his family all the best.  Mohawk will begin the process of hiring a new music teacher immediately.  If you are interested in serving on this hiring committee, please inform Principal Dole.  Thank you.

Michael A. Buoniconti
Superintendent of Schools
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
Hawlemont Regional School District
24 Ashfield Road
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Phone:  (413) 625-0192 x1010
Fax:  (413) 625-0196

Sunday, June 12, 2016

MMA June Meeting

The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk school library. Please join us and help support the music students at Mohawk.

Agenda includes election of 2016-2017 officers, and scheduling the summer potluck meeting in August. We will also welcome some new members and say goodbye to our "retirees."

Seniors at the Bushnell, June 12

Friday, June 10, 2016

Select Chorus Summer Homework

Mr. Halligan held auditions last week for Select Chorus. Several students earned membership in the 2016-2017 ensemble, and were immediately given a summer assignment: to learn "My Heart Doth Beg You'll Not Forget," which is the Senior Districts vocal audition piece for next year.
Select Chorus performs at the 2016 Spring Concert.
 Mr Halligan describes the Select Chorus as "Mohawk's elite vocal ensemble." Extra work, including summer homework, is expected of the members to achieve their high levels of performance. See for yourself by watching their performance at the Spring Concert on the video provided by Falls Cable (skip ahead to 1:44:20 to see the Select Chorus.)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bike-A-Thon for Sanderson Academy's Music Program

Saturday, June 11, from 9AM to 5PM on the Ashfield Town Common. All proceeds will go towards the music program at Sanderson Academy. The Mohawk Music Association will be there to show support and will be giving away free tote bags while supplies last. More information here about the event, registration, or how to sponsor a rider or donate to the event.

Other events on the Town Common include four different musical performances lined up, including some of Sanderson's own past and present students. There will also be the regular farmers market, as well as a bake sale with lots of yummy treats to buy.

MMA's tote bag. Get one Saturday at the Bike-A-Thon!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Class of 2016 Graduation

Mohawk's Class of 2016, families, and friends gathered in the Mohawk gymnasium on Sunday, June 5 for the graduation ceremony. It was an afternoon of celebration made more meaningful with music performances by Mohawk's band, chorus, and rock band, including some of the graduating class members performing for the last time as Mohawk students.

Concert Band plays the Processional as the graduates march into the gym.

Concert Chorus performs the National Anthem.

Concert Chorus performs the National Anthem.

Performance of the Class Song: "Float On" by Modest Mouse.
Citrus and the Fruit Bowl performs their a capella version of "Parting Glass."

Concert Chorus, with guest performer Kevin Hollister (Mohawk Class of 1976,) performs the Mohawk Alma Mater, written by long-time Mohawk music educator Stanley Smithers. Mr. Smithers' grandson Samuel is a member of the graduating class.
Lark Thwing, Chair of the Mohawk School Committee, handed diplomas to each graduate.

Turning of the Tassels, led by the Class Officers.

Mortarboards are tossed into the air in celebration!

Concert Band plays the Recessional as the standing audience applauds the departing graduates.

See more graduation photos on the MMA facebook timeline and more photos and an article on the Greenfield Recorder newspaper website.

Graduation 2016 program (PDF file)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's June 4, 2016 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

The drum awaits the drummer before the start of Senior Awards Night. The Mohawk Concert Band played the Processional as the Seniors marched into the auditorium.

As the year comes to an end, our music students have a lot going on - as usual! You can read below about our year-end activities: Band, Chorus, and Rock Band members will perform at Graduation.  Recording sessions are taking place.  Band, Chorus, and Select Chorus students will visit elementary schools for outreach performances.  And, Final Exams are approaching!  In addition to all of this activity among our students, parents have a major event on Tuesday, June 14, when the Mohawk Music Association elects new officers!  Please be involved!
This has been a great year for our music students! Thank you to everyone who came out to hear our students perform this year, and to everyone who contributed their personal time and energy to our numerous events and fundraisers!  
Scott Halligan

High School Band, Chorus, and Rock Band members will be honoring the graduating class with performances at Graduation this Sunday.  Call time for student performers is noon.  The ceremony begins at 1:00pm.

Recording in Progress!
The Mohawk Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honors Society is funding recording sessions of student work!  Recording engineer Tommy Byrnes of Southpaw Recording brings a mobile recording studio to the Mohawk Auditorium to work with our students and record some of their best work.  The first recording session took place on May 25, and a second recording session is scheduled for June 7.  Among the music being recorded is a set of large group choral pieces, several small group a cappella songs, and an original composition for hand bells by senior Josh Paige.  The recordings will serve as a memento for our seniors, and a potential portfolio demonstrating musical achievement for our students who seek to pursue music in college. In the case of Josh Paige and his original composition “Snowflakes Falling,” the recording may become commercially available.  More info to come!

Elementary School Outreach Performances
High School and Middle School Band and Chorus members will be visiting our elementary schools on Monday, June 13 to give outreach performances.  Students will perform at BSE, Hawlemont, Heath, Colrain, and Sanderson.  Unfortunately we are unable to visit Rowe due to logistical constraints.

Music students will have final performance exams before the end of the year.  These exams can be performed live in the music room or can be recorded and emailed to me at

Summer Opportunities
Students have several opportunities for making music over the summer!  Band members should strongly consider playing with the Shelburne Falls Military Band and/or the Ashfield Community Band.  Singers should consider attending Summer Sings with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus, where they can sing gorgeous music (like the Brahms Requiem on June 28) with a large choir!  

An additional opportunity for singers is the Harmony Explosion camp at Worcester State University, August 4-7.  Full Scholarships are available!  This is a weekend music camp for high-school aged singers.  Visit the Harmony Explosion website for more information.  Contact me ASAP if your student is interested in attending:

Mohawk Music Association Meeting, June 14
The Mohawk Music Association will meet on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30pm in the Mohawk Library to elect officers for the 2016-17 school year. Be there!

Middle School Music News:
Middle School Band (wearing white shirts and black pants) participate in Memorial Day services in Colrain.

Thanks to the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band members who marched on Memorial Day in Colrain: Lydia Barrett-Miller, Sienna Boyle, Dylan Boutwell, Elliot Goguen, Jaden Kitchen Lipski, Zane Kitchen Lipski, Sienna Lewis, Erika Looman, Kaitlyn Randall, Austin Sumner, Ella Ussailis, Jackie Wells. Special thanks go to Austin Sumner and Dylan Boutwell for playing Taps.
Trumpeter Dylan Boutwell performs the Echo Taps from a remote area in the cemetery.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Senior Awards Night

Mohawk Seniors gathered Thursday evening in the auditorium for the last time with their families and friends to be honored and recognized for their many achievements at Mohawk and in the community.

Waiting in anticipation for the Concert Band to strike up a tune as the Seniors begin their Processional march into the auditorium.

A sea of blue mortarboards and gowns.

Many scholarships and awards were presented. Principal Lynn Dole remarked that over $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to members of the graduating class, and another $50,000 will be awarded this spring to Mohawk alumni who are still in college. A very generous community supports the post-secondary education of our students!

Mohawk Music Association was pleased to award five scholarships in the amount of $500 each to
  • Amar Abbatiello
  • Zachary Arfa
  • Kylee Cole
  • Erin Crosby
  • Catherine Kudlay
Other music-related scholarships awarded were: 
  • The Shelburne Falls Kiwanis Club Stan Smithers Scholarship - $500: Catherine Kudlay.
  • Shelburne Falls Military Band Scholarship - $200: Zachary Arfa.
  • Linda Neil Memorial Scholarship for Music: $250: Joshua Paige.

Mr. Halligan presents Music Honor Cords to seniors in the Music Department

Class officers pose for a photo during the reception in the cafeteria.