Electrify Your Strings

On Friday December 12, 2014 Several of our Mona Shores High School & Middle School orchestra members had the chance to participate in the Mark Wood’s Electrify Your Strings with Muskegon High School Orchestra. Mlive reports:

Wood, an original member of the Multi-Platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Joel, among others.

The Friday night concert was more of a rock concert and full of energy. Vega Goorman and Jason Fitzpatrick were featured performers in a couple of songs. Jason put down his instrument to the Viper for a spin for his featured spot. Mr. Mosely even got in on the fun. Question of the night is who had more fun the audience or the players?

Here are a few shots of the fun.

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MLive Article : http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/muskegon/index.ssf/2014/12/emmy-winning_composer_mark_woo.html

Thank You Muskegon Center For The Arts

Ruth Bolles RuthBolles2The Save The Strings fundraiser was a huge success!! Generated over $1300 dollars that will help students finance the performance trip to Italy in 2016. Thank you to all the people who place bids and won.

Thank you to all of the creative artists for their hard work transforming the instruments into amazing pieces of art. Thank you to the Muskegon Center For The Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery for their efforts promoting the fundraiser and displaying the art in the gallery, as well as hosting a fantastic opening event with the Fiddlers.


Special thanks to Cat Jackson for her talent, support and coordination, for this would have not been possible without her.

Help us thank everyone by visiting and shopping local.

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Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery
356 W Western, Muskegon, MI
Located in the Century Club Building

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday  10am – 4pm

The SaveThe String Artists:
Cat Jackson
Catherine Swiatek
Charlie Brown
Ginny Gilbert
Jan Grant
Jill Farkas
Joy VanderVen
Laurie Hieftje
Lon Hieftje
Michael Schaafsma
Ruth Bolles
Sarah Barnard
Thomas Thoebe
Anna Eldenbrady


2014 Holiday Concert

Mona Shores Symphonic Orchestra
Mona Shores Symphonic Orchestra

The Holiday Season is upon us with festive times all around us. The Mona Shores High School Symphonic Orchestra just finished performing to very positive reviews with the Mona Shores Choir at the Singing Christmas Tree. If you missed it or just want more, then we have a treat for you. The High School and Middle School Orchestras will perform a joint Holiday Concert on December 10, 2014, 7pm, at the  Mona Shores High School Performing Arts Center.

This is a Holiday Concert you want to come early to. From 5:30-7:00 will be the Silent Auction for Save The Strings. Cat Jackson  has done amazing job with The Muskegon Center for the Arts & Red Lotus Gallery to put this fundraiser together for us. Its event really worth coming early to check out!


Who: Mona Shores High School and Middle School Orchestras

Where: Mona Shores High School Performing Center

When: December 10, 2014

Save The Strings: 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Holiday Concert: 7:00 PM

Giving Tuesday

Middle School Playing PIc

Today is the third annual Giving Tuesday. Two days of deals with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday was created to give back to families, charities, community centers and students. Its a simple idea but a great way for you or your company to help our students.

The Mona Shores Orchestra Association makes it possible for the Mona Shores Orchestra Program to realize the extraordinary. The generosity of parents, volunteers, and donors helps the orchestra program cover the gap between school funding and all of the demands of being a world-class orchestra. Donations and Fundraising like Save The Strings are needed so we can as many students as possible on the Italy Performance Tour.

The Mona Shores Orchestra Association depends upon your goodwill. To that end, there are several ways to contribute including individual donations to the association’s annual fund directly or through the United Way, Business Advertising, or a donation to the Mona Shores Orchestra Edquist Memorial Fund via the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Mona Shores Orchestra Association is a 501 C(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law, plus Michigan Tax Credit for Community Foundations.

PDF Link: Donation Flyer 2013-14.pages Donation Flyer 2013-14

2014 Meyer Music All Star Orchestra

Abbe Grevious - Violin, Kendra Robbins - Cello, and Ezekiel Kenney - Violin,
Abbe Grevious – Violin, Kendra Robbins – Cello, and Ezekiel Kinney – Violin,

Congratulations and thank you to Abbe Grevious – Violin, Ezekiel Kinney – Violin, and Kendra Robbins – Cello for representing Mona Shores Orchestra at the Meyer Music All Star Orchestra at Caledonia High School on Nov. 22, 2014.

The students participated in a day of workshops with a performance at the end of the day under the direction of John Varineau, who is the Associate Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association


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