Mogadore Music Spring Newsletter

Issue 4, Volume 10; Spring 2023

Mogadore Music Department Web Page

Official site for the Mogadore Music Department

Spring Is Almost Here....

We have had some nice "glimmers" of spring time weather over the past few weeks---it has been nice to get out and about but really, we can't wait for warmer weather!

Our students have done an outstanding job representing Mogadore in the past few months--from participation in the Kent State All-Star Band, OMEA District 6 Junior High Honor Band and Choir, to Solo and Ensemble participation---our students have been busy!

We have several upcoming events in the program in the coming months! First, we have the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event for our High School Band and Choir. Next up, we have our Spring Musical--Suessical, JH March 30-April 1. In addition, our junior high students are preparing for the OMEA District 6 Junior High Solo and Ensemble Contest, April 15. Plus much more!

Additionally, March is Music in Our School's Month---For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

This newsletter celebrates the successes in the program from the past few months and details some of our upcoming musical experiences this month, and throughout the spring! We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Go Wildcats!!

Stephanie Bonitz

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Booster Information

Music Booster Meetings in the MHS Community Room

Thursday, March 9, 2023- 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 13, 2023-6:30 PM

Wednesday, May 3, 2023- 6:30 PM--Prep for OMEA JH Large Group

Thursday, May 11, 2023-6:30 PM

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Mogadore Band Program Spring Fundraiser

Our band students are currently participating in our spring fundraiser which includes some tasty treats, flowers, and more! The sale runs until March 3---please make sure your student returns orders with money (payable to the Band Boosters) by March 3.

Fundraiser items will be available for pick up in the Mogadore High School Community Room on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 5PM-7PM.

Mogadore High School Concert Band Preview Concert 2023

Music Department Banquet

The Mogadore Junior High Band, Junior High Choir, High School Band and High School Choir will be holding their annual awards ceremony and music department banquet on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Mogadore High School Commons. We will be presenting senior awards, individual performance awards, and much more! Information will be sent home for students in grades 7-12 for the banquet following spring break!

OMEA Junior High Large Group Adjudicated Event---Hosted at MOGADORE!!!!

We have an exciting opportunity coming up in May for our program! We have agreed to host the OMEA Junior High Large Group Adjudicated Event here at Mogadore! The event will take place Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. This opportunity will provide a wonderful musical experience for our students in Summit, Portage, Medina, and Wayne County Schools.

To put this event into perspective---I like to think of this event as an indoor "bandshow", but a little more formal. We will need as many volunteers as possible to make this a great experience for the participating schools, students (and ourselves).

Please complete the form below to indicate your availability and interest in positions. Thank you for your consideration.

Mogadore High School Concert Choir Preview Concert 2023

Mogadore Junior/Senior High Music News

Band and Choir Notes from Mrs. Bonitz

I want to commend all of our music department students on some wonderful performances these past few months! I am so proud of all of the instrumentalists for their energy, enthusiasm, and work ethic! Looking ahead, we have a number of events coming up:

Friday, March 10- OMEA District 6 Large Group CHOIR CONTEST- Nordonia High School- Performance at 5:40 PM in the Nordonia Gymnasium. (student report time 3:40 PM at MHS)

Saturday, March 11- OMEA District 6 Large Group BAND CONTEST- Medina Performing Arts Center- Performance at 1:00 PM in the Auditorium. (student report time 10:30 AM at MHS)

Saturday, April 15- OMEA Junior High Solo and Ensemble at Stanton Middle School, Kent- Select students

Sunday, April 23- Spring Band Concert-Grades 7-12; 2:00 PM

Friday-Saturday, April 28-29- OMEA State Contest

Saturday, April 29- Community Fair and Art Show at MHS

Sunday, April 30- Music Department Banquet Grades 7-12 2:00 PM

Friday, May 5-Saturday, May 6- OMEA District 6 Junior High Large Group---Hosted at Mogadore- student and parent volunteers needed!!

Tuesday, May 9- Elementary Bands Concert 7:00 PM at MHS

Thursday, May 25-Graduation in Memorial Stadium-High School Band 7:00 PM

Monday, May 29- Memorial Day (High School Band and 7th Grade Band)

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Congratulations, Kent State All-Star Band Participants

I want to commend Nathan, Jon, Jack, Lonnie, Lillian, and Landon for representing Mogadore at the 2023 Kent State All-Star Band Performance at Kent State University in January! The students had a tremendous time with their clinicians and meeting new friends from across Northeast Ohio. Great work!
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Bravo, Pep Band!

Miss Brind and I want to commend our students on a job well done during this Pep Band season! It is always a good time playing for our basketball team, and always a great game to watch! GO Cats!

Congratulations, High School Solo and Ensemble Participants

Mogadore had a total of twenty-three events scheduled at this weekend’s Solo and Ensemble event held at Barberton High School, with a total of nineteen soloists and three ensembles. Our students did an excellent job, earning sixteen “Superior” ratings (I’s) and four “Excellent” ratings (II’s). This is a fantastic achievement for our young musicians, and a testament to the amount of work that they put in to preparing for this event!

The list of participating students is listed below, and we are very pleased to see that we had a variety of students of all grade levels and abilities performing this past weekend. Congratulations on the tremendous amount of growth you have all exhibited! We are so very proud! Kudos again to everyone who participated, and to all the families who support the Mogadore Music Program!

Superior Rating:

Mogadore Saxophone Quartet-Class A- Nathan Archibald, Jonathan Cumberlidge, Jonathan Snavely, Landon Wicks

Mogadore Trumpet Trio-Class C- Cecelia Nelson, Grace Steffen, Jane Woods

Mogadore Euphonium Trio-Class C- Erial Kroah, Matthew Trusky, Shawn Wagner

Nathan Archibald- Alto Saxophone Solo, Class A

Nathan Archibald- Voice Solo, Class C

Daniel Carter-Piano Solo, Class A

Jonathan Cumberlidge-Voice Solo, Class C

Mia Gaetjens-French Horn Solo, Class C

Miley Kirkpatrick-Tenor Saxophone Solo, Class C

Miley Kirkpatrick-Flute Solo, Class C

Tristyn McCaman-Snare Drum Solo, Class C

Cecelia Nelson-Voice Solo, Class A

Emma Quillen-Voice Solo, Class C

Grace Steffen-Voice Solo, Class C

Matthew Trusky-Euphonium Solo, Class C

Lillian Wicks-Tuba Solo, Class C

Excellent Rating:

Cecelia Nelson-Flute Solo, Class B

Shawn Wagner-Euphonium Solo, Class C

Shawn Wagner-Trombone Solo, Class B

Landon Wicks-Alto Saxophone Solo, Class B

Go Wildcats!

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Suessical JR

Green Door Theatre will be presenting Suessical JR March 30-April 1 in the Mogadore High School Commons. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the high school office. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Door. We hope you can see this exciting production and check out the amazing talents of our students at Mogadore!
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Junior High Solo and Ensemble Participants

The OMEA District 6 Junior High Solo and Ensemble event will be Saturday, April 15 at Stanton Middle School in Kent. Students have started lessons in preparation for the event and should be bringing home information in the coming week!

Please wish these students the best of luck in their preparations!


Colton B., Snare Drum Solo, Mallet Percussion Solo

Kaiden C., Bb Clarinet Solo

Hannah C., Alto Saxophone Solo

Delaney C., Mezzo Soprano Solo

Ava G., Flute Solo, Soprano Solo

Isabelle H., Mezzo Soprano Solo

Gabrielle K., Mezzo Soprano Solo

Jackson M., Trombone Solo

Piper M., Trumpet Solo

Nadia N., Flute Solo

Isabella P. Piano Solo

Evan P., Alto Saxophone Solo

Rylee R., Flute Solo, Alto Solo

Kayden S., Alto Saxophone Solo

Alvin W., Bb Clarinet Solo


Mogadore Flute Trio

Mogadore Trumpet Trio

Mogadore SA Vocal Duet

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Congratulations, OMEA District 6 Honor Band and Choir Participants!

A big shout out to Colton, Hannah, Aubrey, Everett, Ava, and Rylee for their participation in the OMEA District 6 Junior High Band and Choir event hosted at Streetsboro High School in February! It is a such a unique experience to rehearse and perform with other students you just meet---what a great learning opportunity and hopefully, life-long memory! Go Cats!

O.H. Somers Instrumental Music News

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Link Up-The Orchestra Sings!

We are quickly approaching our Link Up! performance in collaboration with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. This performance is going to be taking place at the Akron Civic Theater on March 15th during the school day. The students will be performing selections such as Ode to Joy and New World Symphony on the recorder, as well as vocal selections such as Oye!, alongside 20+ other school districts in the area. This experience gives our students the opportunity to not only watch an orchestra perform, but allows them to perform with the orchestra from their seats with the rest of the audience. Due to the number of schools attending, parents and guardians will not be permitted at the performance. Students will be given time for lunch upon their return to O.H. Somers Elementary.

We look forward to this amazing event!

Miss Jessica Brind

Bravo to our, O.H. Somers Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade!

Bravo to our elementary band students on a wonderful performance on Sunday, January 29! We loved the opportunity to share our progress and really enjoyed the crowd!! Keep up the great work, students!

Elementary Band Spring Concert-Tuesday, May 9

The O.H. Somers Fifth Grade Band and Sixth Grade Band will be presenting their Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM in the Mogadore High School Commons. We truly are so excited to share our music making in May.

Students will need to report to MHS with their instrument and music at 6:30 PM. Dress attire is required for this performance. Please let Mrs. Bonitz know if you have any questions!

General Music Notes from Mrs. Tonsic

As a reminder, first and second grade will be performing at the Community Fair and Art Show on Saturday, April 29th. Second grade is performing at 10:30 and first is performing at 11:00. More information will be sent home soon!

MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance will be teaching Irish dance lessons to 1st through 5th grade after school on Wednesday's ( 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26.) until April 26th for $5.00 a lesson. This is an opportunity for our students to have professional dance lessons for an incredible value without having to be transported to the dance studio. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Tonsic (