Sunday, March 20, 2016

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's March 20, 2016 Newsletter:


High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
Below you can find a summary of what students are learning in high school music classes.  You can also read about student participation in the All State Music Festival and Franklin County Honor Band, Concert Band’s participation in the MICCA Festival, and the upcoming Annapolis Trip!
Scott Halligan
What’s Happening in the Music Room?
Here is a summary of what Mohawk Music students are currently working on:
Concert Band students are rehearsing music for the MICCA Festival in April, where the ensemble will perform for a panel of adjudicators and receive coaching by distinguished music educators.  In Concert Chorus and Select Chorus, students are polishing up several pieces for the Annapolis Music Festival.  Students in strings class are progressing with their work on an original arrangement of “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay.  Rock Band students are playing in small groups and taking turns being the guitarist, bassist, and drummer.  Beginners are working on “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, and experienced rockers are working on “Float On” by Modest Mouse.  Music Technology students have been using Mixcraft digital audio software to create original compositions, add effects, and mixdown to MP3 files.  They are also recording and programming MIDI drum beats.
Please feel free to visit High School Music class pages!

Boston's Symphony Hall
All State
Two Mohawk students participated in the All State Music Festival last weekend!  Zach Arfa and Matthew Taylor performed in the All State Chorus, and spent the weekend of March 10-12 in Boston.  Zach and Matthew are the first Mohawk students to win an All State audition in over a decade!
The All State Music Festival is organized by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.  The weekend culminated in a concert featuring the All State Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Concert Band.  The concert took place at Symphony Hall in Boston, a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest concert halls in the world.
The All State Chorus was directed by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto.
CLICK HERE for videos of their performance at Symphony Hall in Boston!
Congratulations Zach and Matthew!
Special Thanks to the Mohawk Music Association for paying the All State fees for these students!

Franklin County Honor Band – Free Concert, TFHS, 3pm on April 2
Several students in Concert Band are participating in the Franklin County Honor Band!  Jennifer Boyle, Zach Arfa, Mahalia Dean, Morgan Young, Cassie Kudlay, and Julia Ussailis will be representing Mohawk!  Our students will perform in a large ensemble side by side with students from Greenfield, Turners Falls, Frontier, Pioneer, and Mahar.
Students will rehearse at Turners Falls High School on Wednesday evening, March 30, from 5-8pm, and Saturday morning, April 2, from 11-2pm.
The Franklin County Honor Band will perform a free concert at Turners Falls High School at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 2.
Special Thanks to the Mohawk Music Association for paying the participation fee for the Franklin County Honor Band!
Concert Band at the MICCA Festival – April 2
Concert Band will be participating in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival.  The festival will take place at Belchertown High School on Saturday, April 2.  We are performing at 8:30am.  Our performance will be adjudicated by a panel of distinguished music educators, and we will receive a 30 minute clinic with one of the judges.  We will also be able to hear other schools’ performances, and we will stay for an awards ceremony.  Following the Awards Ceremony, we will attend the Franklin County Honor Band performance at Turners Falls High School at 3:00pm.
Following the festival, Concert Band students will be able to hear a recording of their performance and read the adjudicators’ comments and suggestions for improvement.  This is a very important assessment for Concert Band, and we look forward to the opportunity to receive critical feedback as we aspire to higher levels of performance.
Annapolis Trip – April 7-10
This year’s music trip is coming up in just over two weeks!  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.  
Please find details about the trip, a packing list, itinerary, departure procedure, rules of travel, and a permission slip HERE.
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!

Mass Cultural Council logo.jpg
The Annapolis trip 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.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

MMEA All-State Choir 2016 Perfomances

Videos from the YouTube playlist (MMEA All-State Choir 2016) uploaded by nathansimani. 

Two Mohawk students performed at the All State Music Festival on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Zach Arfa and Matthew Taylor were accepted to the All State Chorus by successful audition!

The festival is organized by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. The concert featured the All State Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Concert Band. The concert took place at Symphony Hall in Boston, a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest concert halls in the world.

The All State Chorus was directed by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto. For more information click here.

Congratulations Zach and Matthew!!










See two more performances by going to the YouTube playlist (MMEA All-State Choir 2016) uploaded by nathansimani:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8FnY0r28nmTSi9Jr1KL_8uPQzPj8vCSy

Monday, March 7, 2016

MMA March Meeting

MMA volunteers selling admission tickets and 50/50 raffle tickets at URINETOWN.
The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk school library. Please join us and help support the music students at Mohawk.

We'll hear reports from the Music Directors, debrief last weekend's URINETOWN activities by the MMA, discuss the upcoming Music Department trip to Annapolis, and more.

MMA volunteers serve cast and audience members before the show starts.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's March 5, 2016 Newsletter:

Executive office of the Urine Good Company
Don’t miss out on Mohawk’s production of the musical “Urinetown”, with shows tonight at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.  As tech crew member Reality McCallister says, “This new musical has got it all: comedy, love, our water supply limitations, and political statements on consumerism!... Come and have a laugh with this funny and politically inclined musical!”  Last night’s opening night show was great!
End of URINETOWN Act 1:  rebellion at Public Amenity #9


 Middle School Music
In the last issue of News from Mohawk I wrote about middle school music teacher Gina Clark leaving.  I am pleased to announce that experienced music educator Rick Page (rpage@mohawkschools.org) has joined our faculty as the middle school band and chorus director this spring.  We are delighted to have Mr. Page join us!

Tuesday, March 8
Mohawk Music Association meeting at 6:30 pm in the library.  All are welcome.  

More upcoming Music Department events:

-  Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm. Two Mohawk students performing with the All-State Chorus at the All-State Festival in Boston

-  Saturday, April 2, 8:30 am. High School Concert Band participating in the MICCA Festival, at Belchertown High School. 

-  Saturday, April 2, 3:00 pm. Some High School Band members performing in the Franklin County Honor Band at the Turners Falls High School auditorium. 

-  April 7-10. Worldstrides Heritage Exhibition Music Festival in Annapolis, MD for High School Band, Chorus, and Select Chorus members.

Friday, March 4, 2016

URINETOWN: THE CAST


Mohawk Trail Regional presents

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Will MacAdams

Performances

  • Friday, March 4 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm 
More information about the show, ticket prices and reservations:  http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/p/urinetown.html

Synopsis 
 In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire, URINETOWN is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

 URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

"URINETOWN" in the news


Great article about Mohawk's URINETOWN production by Diane Broncaccio in Thursday's Recorder. Pick up a copy at a newsstand or read it online:  Stop by Mohawk while ‘Urinetown’

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Your Weekend Destination

Mark your map for Mohawk's musical and plan to arrive early for best seating. The box office opens one hour before the show and the auditorium opens 30 minutes before the show. Be thankful for the free "public amenities" near the lobby, because in URINETOWN you pay a fee,and It's a Privilege to Pee.

Mohawk Trail Regional presents

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Will MacAdams

Performances

  • Friday, March 4 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm 
More information about the show, ticket prices and reservations:  http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/p/urinetown.html

Synopsis 
 In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire, URINETOWN is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

 URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

Bakers Wanted

We're looking forward to three great performances of URINETOWN in the Mohawk auditorium this weekend. And that means that the Mohawk Music Association will be selling refreshments during the intermission to raise funds to support the music programs.

We need donations of baked goods (or bought goods) in order to have refreshments to sell.

Please note the following specifics:

  • Items must be individually wrapped
  • Items will sell for $1.00 each
  • Items containing nuts should be marked as such

Can you help out by providing something? Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, slices of banana bread or other quick breads, muffins, individual bags of crackers or chips, juice boxes. . . all sorts of snacks are popular.

We'll be set up in the foyer and goods can be dropped off when you arrive for the show.

Thanks very much for any help you can give.