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A Spooktacular Thank you

Spooktacular 2016
Spooktacular 2016

The costumes are hung, the pumpkins are beginning to weep, the belly is full of candy, and its almost time to eat spaghetti. The Spooktacular and Fall Concerts were concerts were two successful nights with great sounding performances, fun costumes, and yummy Domino’s Pizza dinners.

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Thank you and congratulations to the students and directors for the two nights of fall entertainment.  Thank you to all our parents, friends, family, and orchestra supporters with the fundraising activities so far this fall for the High School Chamber Orchestra to go to the National Orchestra Festival. Thank you to all the parents & students that volunteered on the concerts nights to make this all happen. Thank you to Alexis Liddle for organizing all the volunteers. Thank you to Kim Wells for bring the pizza dinner idea and coordination with Domino’s.

Money raised so far:

Chili’s give back = $273.16

Domino’s All You Can Eat Dinners (both Middle School and High School) = $1088

50/50 raffle at Spooktacular Concert = $73 (winner donated his winning back to the group)

Student Sponsorship Letters = $345

Current and future fundraisers:

Meat Block Ham and Gift Card Sale – now through November 14, delivery on December 8

Savory Foods Cookie Dough and Popcorn Sale – now through November 14, delivery on December 8

Spaghetti Dinner at the Cherokee Restaurant – Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 8 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets are available from Chamber Orchestra students or by calling Mrs. DeRose at 231-332-8327.

Be the Director Raffle – New this year! One lucky ticket holder will win a chance to conduct the Symphonic Orchestra performing Leroy Anderson’s Sleighride. During the Holiday Concert.

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2nd Annual Spooktackular


dominos-logoThe MSOPA and Domino’s Pizza have teamed up to provide an All You Can Eat Pizza Dinner as a fundraiser to send the High School Chamber Orchestra to The National Orchestra Festival.

Tickets are $6.50 each (4 years and under are free) Pop, Juice Boxes, Water Bottles, Cookies and Brownies will also be sold for $1 each. Reservations requested but not required.

Make your reservation for the Spooktacular Concert Night (10/27) Here At This Link

National Orchestra Festival

2016-2017 Chamber Orchestra
2016-2017 Chamber Orchestra. Courtesy of Hume Photography

We are proud to announce the Mona Shores Chamber Orchestra has been selected to play at the National Orchestra Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 2-4, 2017. 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.

While the orchestra is hard at work practicing, the Mona Shores Orchestra Parents Association (MSOPA) is also working to raise money to make this trip possible. The total cost of the trip including travel, food, lodging and festival participation is nearly $800 per student. The MSOPA has already committed to cover around 25% of the cost, and is actively pursuing other funding sources and fundraising opportunities.

Fundraising efforts began last week at the Norton Shores Chili’s on Henry Street with a Give Back Event. Thank you to Chili’s for partnering with us.  Domino’s Pizza is helping us with the next two fundraising events.  The MSOPA is hosting All You Can Eat Pizza Dinners before the Middle School Fall Concert on Wednesday, October 26, and the High School Spooktacular Concert on October 27.  Tickets are $6.50 each (4 years and under are free). Pop, Juice Boxes, Water Bottles, Cookies and Brownies will also be sold for $1 each. Reservations are requested but not required.

Make a reservation for the Middle School Concert (10/26) Here.

Make a reservation for the Spooktacular Concert (10/27) Here.

The MSOPA is actively seeking grants, donations, and new fundraising opportunities.  Details are coming soon about a Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Cherokee Restaurant.   If you or your business would like to make a donation or sponsor a student for the National Orchestra Festival, direct donations can be sent to:

Mona Shores High School attn. MSOPA
1121 Seminole Road
Norton Shores, MI 49441.

Thank you for your continued support!



2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards

Seniors at the end of Finale
Seniors at the end of Finale from Symphony No. 45

The 2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony was an amazing show. Mrs. DeRose said “The concert is bittersweet. The 8th grade orchestra sounds great, I can’t wait to work with them. The seniors are such amazing group of people I am sad to see them go but excited for them as they leave Mona Shores.”

8th Grade Orchestras
8th Grade Orchestras

Mr. Mosley’s Eighth Grade Orchestra open the concert with Richard Meyer’s Geometric Dances.

Concert Orchestras
Concert Orchestras

The Mrs. DeRose’s High School Concert Orchestra took the stage starting the evening musical theme of Tributes. They played Andrew Dabcynski’s arrangement of An Armed Forces Tribute, Jon Williams The Olympic Spirt, and a Beatles Melody.

Mona Shores Fiddlers
Mona Shores Fiddlers
Greg Beaudoin introducing Amran nut de Caerlaverock
Greg Beaudoin introducing Amran nut de Caerlaverock

The Mona Shores Fiddlers played two tunes. One original piece Amran nut de Caerlaverock by our own Greg Beaudoin. This piece was first performed by the Fiddlers at 2016 Collage Concert but tonight we got the touching explanation on how Amran nut de Caerlaverock is a tribute to his family. The Fiddlers finished night with a new version of Jackie Tar.

Symphonic Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra

The Symphonic Orchestra continued the tribute theme with John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and a Tribute To John Williams adapted by Paul Lavender.  Tribute To John Williams was accompanied with a video arranged by Mr. Dave Droski and Jacob gravel.

Combined Orchestra performing Finale from Symphony No 45
Combined Orchestra performing Finale from Symphony No 45

The Combined Orchestras played Franz Hayden’s The Finale from Symphony No 45, arranged by Richard Meyer with the musicians turn off their stand lights when leaving the stage as they played leaving only the Seniors at the end.

2016 Senior Strings
2016 Senior Strings

The Senior Strings presented some touching gifts to Mrs. DeRose and performed Jupiter From The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Deborah Baker Monday.

2015-2016 Awards:

National Orchestra Award: Dale Liddle

Directors Award: Margaret Henrikson

Outstanding Fiddler Award: Greg Beaudoin

MSBOA Scholar Musician Award: Paul Young

Edquist Memorial Fund Scholarship Awards: Dale Liddle, Emily Morris, & Paul Young

Senior Strings:

Ezekiel Clark – 2008-2016

Margaret Henrikson – 2008-2016

Dale Liddle – 2008-2016

Emily Morris – 2009 – 2016

Shelby Sikes – 2008-2016

Paul Young – 2008-2016

Senior Winds:

Madalyn Bacon – 2015-2016

Matthew Farmer – 2015-2016

Madison LaDuke – 2015-2016

Noah Sowles – 2014-2016

Hayley Towers – 2012 – 2016

Exchange Student: Kako Nishiyama – 2015-2016