Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

The Mohawk Middle School Marching Band participated in the Colrain Memorial Day services at the West Branch Cemetery. They were thanked by the Grand Marshall at the close of ceremonies for their participation for so many years.

Grand Marshall and Honor Guard

Middle School Marching Band



Performing God Bless America

See MMA's Facebook page for photos of the High School Band enjoying a lunch break at the Abbatiello's home between the Ashfield and Plainfield Memorial Day services.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's May 21, 2016 Newsletter:

High School Music News from Mr. Halligan

High School Concert Chorus performs Ho Hey! at the 2016 Spring Concert
Below you can find information about our recent Spring Concert, plus our upcoming events: Memorial Day Ceremonies, Senior Awards Night, and Graduation.  Applications for Tri-M are due June 3.  
Also, please mark your calendars (June 14 at 6:30 pm in the school library) for the year’s final meetings of the Mohawk Music Association.  The MMA will be electing officers for next year.  Please be involved!
Scott Halligan
Spring Concert video is online!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Spring Concert on May 10!  It was a night to be remembered.  If you missed it, or if you want to see it again, now you can!  Falls Cable has posted video of the concert on their website.  DVDs of the performance are also available from Falls Cable for $10.
This was a very special night.  Feel free to share the video with friends and family near and far.  Thank you Falls Cable!
You can access more Mohawk videos on Falls Cable here: http://fallscable.com/?portfolio_tag=mohawk

May 30, Memorial Day Ceremonies
The High School Marching Band will be performing in parades and services in Ashfield (10am) and Plainfield (1pm).  Our students play an important role in these meaningful public ceremonies.  Ceremonies will take place rain or shine.
More information for about High School Band’s participation in Memorial Day activities is available on my class pages.

June 2, Senior Awards Night – 6:00pm, Mohawk Auditorium
High School Concert Band will provide processional music to honor the graduating class.  Note that the start time is 6:00pm.  This is a change from last year.

June 5, Graduation – 1:00pm, Mohawk Football Field
High School Concert Band and members of the Middle School Concert Band will provide processional and recessional music.  The High School Chorus and members of Rock Band class will also perform.

June 13, Elementary School outreach tour
Middle and High School music students will perform at elementary schools to connect with the junior members of our Mohawk community.

Tri-M – Applications are being accepted through June 3
Is your student interested in joining Tri-M?  Mohawk’s Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society is accepting new members!  Tri-M is the international music honor society for high school students.  It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel in music and leadership. Through more than 5,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education.
Students in grades 9-11 who are enrolled in music are eligible for membership.  To apply, students write a short essay stating why they would like to join the organization and what special skills and attributes they have to contribute.  

Mohawk Music Association – Please attend!
Here is the date and agenda for final MMA meeting of the year.  Please attend and contribute to this important group!
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm, High School Library
Election of officers, schedule the summer potluck meeting.  


Youth Orchestra Auditions
Saturday, May 21st we (PVSYO) will be holding youth orchestra auditions for all young instrumentalists ages 18 and under, at Artspace Community Arts Center, 15 Mill Street, Greenfield, from 10am to 12pm. The cost for auditioning is $20, and online registration is now open.
We encourage everyone who's interested to audition, but if young musicians you know don't feel ready to attempt an audition, there's a chance for them to get some practice and some extra coaching at the Summer Orchestra Intensive at Artspace from July 25 - 29. There will be another opportunity to audition in August, date and time TBD.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested! As in past seasons, the youth orchestra will perform 2 concerts, do at least one side-by-side performance with the PVS Orchestra, and have other opportunities to perform in the community.
Rehearsals are Saturday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:30 at Greenfield High School, and run from September through May. If you have any questions about the youth orchestra, email youth orchestra co-manager Cecilia Berger.
Thank you for helping us spread the word about the PVS Youth Orchestra auditions!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spring Concert Video

Falls Cable posted the video of the Mohawk Spring Concert. Enjoy!


Link to the video on Falls Cable Vimeo site: https://vimeo.com/166819324

The tribute by the Senior Class members of the Select Chorus to Mr Halligan, including their performance of Leaving on a Jet Plane, begins at 1:22:55.

Middle School Band:  00:00
High School Strings:  10:00
High School Concert Band:  38:40
Intermission
Middle School Chorus:  50:20
High School Concert Chorus:  1:03:15
Citrus and the Fruit Bowl:  1:38:45
Select Chorus:  1:44:20

Spring Concert 2016 Program
View a PDF copy of the Spring Concert 2016 Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8W5Ho-r2xbdQTJUZUtRWVNHbEk/view?usp=sharing

Monday, May 16, 2016

Music in the Parks Festival Photos

The Mohawk Middle School Band and Chorus participated in the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, May 14, 2016. See more photos of the morning performances and afternoon fun in the park in this MMA facebook photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1746727028902121.1073741832.1380123828895778&type=3


Trophies earned for
  • Junior High School Concert Band Division 1A - First Place with a rating of "Good"
  • Junior High School MIxed Choir Division 1A - First Place with a rating of "Excellent"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

MMA May Meeting

The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk school library. Please join us and help support the music students at Mohawk.

MMA officers selling 50/50 raffle tickets in the lobby before the Spring Concert.

We'll hear reports from the Music Directors, nominate officers for 2016-2017, and plan for the end of year events:
  • Memorial Day (5/30)
  • Step Up Day (6/3)
  • Senior events: Awards Night (6/2), Graduation (6/5), Dinner and a show? (date tbd)
  • Elementary school outreach by bands and choirs (dates in June tbd)

Cutting and bagging brownies at the MMA Concessions table before the Spring Concert. We had lots of delicious homemade baked goods -thank you to all the bakers!

High School Concert Chorus takes the stage after intermission performing "Lizela," a traditional Xhosa song.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Love and Tears

A great Spring Concert, highlighted by a surprise performance of Leaving on a Jet Plane  by the Senior members of Select Chorus for Mr. Halligan. Mr. Halligan began teaching at Mohawk in their freshman year, and a strong bond based on love and respect was clearly evident.

Seniors (front row) serenade Mr Halligan with Leaving on a Jet Plane.

Emotional group hug with Mr, Halligan following Leaving on a Jet Plane. Tears were flowing.


More photos from the Spring Concert:


High School Strings perform Viva la Vida.

Two MMA members speak to the audience at the end of intermission:  Please, volunteer with us! Fun and rewarding!

Middle school chorus directed by Richard Page.


Citrus and the Fruit Bowl in their final public performance. Three of the six members are graduating.

Select Chorus: Run, Freedom, Run.

Standing ovation as the wonderful night ends.

Collecting the performance attire after the show

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 PM


Middle School and High School Bands and Choirs will perform, plus High School Strings.

Our music students have reached a very high level of musicianship this year! Come to hear their amazing work, celebrate their achievements, and share in what is sure to be a very special night.

Free admission. Refreshments will be available in the lobby with proceeds benefiting the Mohawk Music Association, and donations will be accepted to benefit students in the music department.

Student artwork will also be on display! We will have a slide show in the lobby of photography by all High School Art students!

Come early to complete the Mohawk School Climate Survey in the Library. MTRSD is conducting a survey of students, parents, and staff in order to gather data for the purpose of improving our schools. Computers will be available for parents who would like to complete the survey at that time.

You can also come early to learn about the 9th grade course offerings as Guidance Counselor Taffy Ruggeri and Principal Lynn Dole provide an orientation to the high school schedule for parents of 8th grade students at 5:30 pm in the library.

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's May 8, 2016 Newsletter:

 High School Music News from Mr. Halligan
This a meaningful time of year for Mohawk Music students, who are reflecting on their achievements over the course of the year and preparing to share the fruits of their labor with the community in a series of important concerts and ceremonies.  Below you can find info about our springtime performance schedule.  Also, please mark your calendars for the year’s final meetings of the Mohawk Music Association.  The MMA will be electing officers for next year.  Please be involved!
I hope to see you at our Spring Concert on May 10!  Bring your friends and family – it will be a great evening of music!
Scott Halligan
Band performs at Kids in Concert
 
Kids in Concert Recap
Last Thursday at Mohawk, elementary school musicians came together to get a taste of performing before a packed house in a big auditorium!  Students from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades performed together in a combined chorus and a combined band.  Heath Elementary School String students also performed.  Congratulations to all of the students and adults who participated in Kids in Concert!
Tuesday May 10, Spring Concert – 6:30pm, Mohawk Auditorium
Middle School and High School Bands and Choirs will perform, plus High School Strings.  Refreshments will be available in the lobby, and donations will be accepted to benefit students in the music department.
Our music students have reached a very high level of musicianship this year!  Come to hear their amazing work, celebrate their achievements, and share in what is sure to be a very special night.
Student artwork will also be on display!  We will have a slide show of photography by all High School Art students!
You can also come early to complete the Mohawk School Climate Survey in the Library.  MTRSD is conducting a survey of students, parents, and staff in order to gather data for the purpose of improving our schools.  Computers will be available for parents who would like to complete the survey at that time.   
May 30, Memorial Day Ceremonies
The High School Marching Band will be performing in parades and services in Ashfield (10am) and Plainfield (1pm).  Our students play an important role in these meaningful public ceremonies.  Ceremonies will take place rain or shine.
June 2, Senior Awards Night – 6:00pm, Mohawk Auditorium
High School Concert Band will provide processional music to honor the graduating class.
June 5, Graduation – 1:00pm, Mohawk Football Field
The High School Concert Band will provide processional and recessional music.  The High School Chorus and other music students will also perform.
Valley Gives Day Recap
Thank you to everyone who supported us on Valley Gives Day!  The Mohawk Music Association received $400 in donations.  On behalf of our music students, thank you!
Mohawk Music Association Meetings – Please attend!
Here are dates and agenda items for MMA meetings for the remainder of the year.  Please attend and contribute to this important group!

Tuesday, May 17, 6:30pm, High School Library
Nominate officers and plan for the end of year events:  
  • Memorial Day (5/30)
  • Step Up Day (6/3)
  • Senior events: Awards Night (6/2), Graduation (6/5)
  • Elementary school outreach by bands and choirs  
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm, High School Library
Election of officers, schedule the summer potluck meeting. 


7th and 8th Grade Band and Chorus with Mr. Page
Band and Chorus students have been working hard to prepare music for the Spring Concert in May and the Six Flags Music Festival on Saturday, May 14th. All students are expected to participate in both events. If a student is unable to attend, please write a note or email me at rpage@mohawkschools.org. Happy practicing!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Kids in Concert Photos


Mohawk Music Association's facebook page has posted some pictures from Thursday evening's Kids in Concert performance. A great night for the students and the full house audience!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kids In Concert - Thursday, May 5

The 11th annual Kids In Concert performance is Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk auditorium. Come support the elementary school musicians as they come together to get a taste of performing before a packed house in a big auditorium.

Kids In Concert is the annual showcase event for the talented musicians in six elementary schools:  Buckland-Shelburne Elementary, Colrain Central School, Hawlemont Regional, Heath Elementary, Rowe Elementary, and Sanderson Academy. Students from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades perform together in a combined chorus and a combined band. Also performing will be the Heath Elementary School String students. Many of these students will continue their musical careers at Mohawk Middle School and High School.

After the show the MMA treats all the performers with ice cream!

Thank You Valley Gives Supporters

The MMA greatly appreciates the support it received yesterday on Valley Gives Day. Together we can make a difference in the music education for the students at the Mohawk Schools.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Working Together

Why do we work all year to raise money? A few of the reasons are: to provide music students at Mohawk opportunities such as participating in the Annapolis Music Festival, to provide music workshops for the entire high school, and to award scholarships to some of the graduating seniors to help them continue their education at college.

We appreciate any help you can give, including donations of money on Valley Gives Day (see our Valley Gives page here), or donations of your time and talent throughout the year as we work together to enhance the opportunities for the music students at Mohawk.