Make Dad Smile

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18.  Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Father’s Day including electronics, clothing, and more. Amazon will donate to Mona Shores Orchestra Parents Association with AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mona Shores Orchestra every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the MSOPA.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will be asked to designate a charitable organization.   Select Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association, and your purchase will help support our orchestra program.

Spring Meat Block Fundraiser

The Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association has partnered with the Meat Block for a spring fundraiser to begin the grilling season. The deadline for all order forms with payment is Friday, May 12. Please make checks payable to MSOPA. Items will be available for pick up on Tuesday, May 23 from 3 to 4:30 PM, in the High School East Parking Lot by the orchestra room entrance.

Thank you for supporting the Mona Shores Orchestra Program!

Chamber Orchestra Pittsburgh Bound

2016-2017 Chamber Orchestra
2016-2017 Chamber Orchestra

Wishing safe travels, best of luck and congratulations to the Mona Shores Chamber Orchestra.

Yesterday on their performances at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra District 7 Orchestra Festival at Grand Haven yesterday. They performed for a panel of four expert adjudicators who rated the groups in the five areas of Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Interpretation, and Technique. The Concert Orchestra earned an Excellent rating.

Scheduling worked out yesterday that after the required material for the MSBOA Orchestra Festival the adjudicators came in and gratiously gave a mini session as the Chamber Orchestra as was playing their remaining pieces for their National Orchestra Festival performance this weekend.

The Chamber Orchestra is on their way  now to National Orchestra Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The festival is one of the many events that takes place during the American String Teachers Association’s National Conference. Fewer than thirty school orchestras from the entire country have been selected to participate this year. Our orchestra is very excited to receive this invitation to perform on a national stage!

This is an incredible opportunity for our orchestra. After the Chamber Orchestra performs, they will receive feedback from the adjudicators and work directly with one of the clinicians in a hour long workshop. Chamber Orchestra members will also have the opportunity to attend the educational sessions associated with the National Conference.

2017 MSBOA Dist 7 Orchestra Festival

Congratulations to the 7th grade, 8th grade, Concert, and Chamber Orchestras on their performances at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra District 7 Orchestra Festival at Grand Haven yesterday. Each group performed for a panel of four expert adjudicators who rated the groups in the five areas of Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Interpretation, and Technique. The middle school groups and the Chamber Orchestra earned a Superior rating and the Concert Orchestra earned an Excellent rating. Well done!!

Welcome Mr. McBrayer

Dear Parents and Community,

My name is Kirk McBrayer and I am currently a music education photomajor in my final year of study at Grand Valley State University. During this semester, I will be student teaching at Mona Shores Public Schools under the direction and supervision of Kelly De Rose and Nick Mosley. As a student teacher working in both middle and high school academic settings, I will be striving to improve and build upon my current teaching practices. It is my intention to provide quality teaching that is effective, appropriate, and sufficiently meets the needs of all students. Safety, respect, and inclusivity are essential components of teaching that I value and take seriously. Teaching with these things in mind will ensure a productive and positive experience for students and myself. Continuing to develop the fundamentals of musicianship, displaying professionalism in the classroom, setting and achieving personal musical goals, and understanding the importance as a member of an ensemble are goals that I aim for all students to accomplish. I am grateful for the unique opportunity of being able to teach and receive mentorship in a such a well-respected school district as Mona Shores, and look forward to what lies ahead. I pledge to always give your students my best and am confident we will all have a lot of fun learning together throughout this experience!

Sincerely,

Mr. McBrayer

Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish everyone and their families a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope everyone who is traveling home, going to visit friends & family or having people visit that everyone haves safe travel this break.

After a fabulous meal and quality family time, you might be inclined to start some holiday shopping. Consider these options below to find that special gift and support the orchestra at the same time.

You can support the orchestra by shopping on Amazon. When you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or any time for that matter), start by going to #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0958489 and Amazon will donate to the Mona Shores Orchestra Parents Association.

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g500_black_1If you missed ordering orchestra apparel in October, you’re in luck. We have opened up another order window from now until Nov. 30th with delivery before the Holiday Break. Orders can be placed online at http://www.trophymuskegon.com/mona-shores-orchestra.html.
You can support the orchestra by renewing or purchasing your magazines through Great American Opportunities. Use our organization code: 2520013 when placing your order.

We are teaming up with Barnes and Noble for a Book Fair on Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11. Shop in the store during this time or online (through Dec. 16) and the voucher number 12047205 when checking out. A flyer with this voucher number is attached. PDF Flyer File:barnes-and-noble-book-fair-flyer-2016

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Thanks for continuing to support our orchestra

Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association