Category Archives: High School

Michigan Irish Music Festival Thank You

Mona Shores Fiddlers 2017

We would like to publicly thank everyone that made the Michigan Irish Music Festival an incredible weekend for the Fiddlers.

Thank you to the Michigan Irish Music Festival for again inviting the Fiddlers to perform at this incredible event. It’s an honor to be able to play at the same venue with such amazing musicians from around the world right here in Muskegon.

Thank you to parents, families, friends, and Mona Shores Alumni that came out to support the Fiddlers. Playing to a full, friendly house was a blast!  All the weekly rehearsals have paid off.

Thank you to the very talented sound crew! It’s alway nice to perform when we have friendly and knowledgeable audio engineers!

Over the weekend we shared many more pictures and videos of the MIMF on our Instagram and Facebook pages – too many to re-post here.  We also shared that The Founding (formerly Blarney Castle) will be our special guest at the 16th Annual Fiddle Festival.  More Fiddle Fest information coming soon.

If you missed the Fiddlers this past weekend you can catch them this Friday, Sept 22, 2017, at the Mona Shores High School Homecoming Tailgate Party!

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

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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