Mogadore Music Newsletter

Issue 5, Volume 8; December 2020

Mogadore Music Department Web Page

Official site for the Mogadore Music Department

Happy Holidays!

The Holiday season is upon us! We had a wonderful display of talent at our Fall program, videos still listed below, and are working on some virtual performances for December! Check out our social media, Google Classrooms AND this newsletter for some video updates in mid-December with performances from each of our ensembles! We hope all of you had a restful, wonderful Thanksgiving and continue to have a blissful holiday season.

Go Wildcats!


Stephanie Bonitz and Angelica Weichman

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Booster Information

Music Booster Meeting- Thursday, December 10, 2020-6:00 PM

Our December Music Booster Meeting will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 10, 2020 in the MHS Music Room. Masks are required for attendance. A Zoom Meeting link will also be sent out to anyone who would like attend virtually!

Please check the Mogadore Music web page--under Music Boosters for more information, past minutes, and ways you can get involved!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Basketball Concessions Help

Our next round of concessions is coming up fast with basketball season starting. Our Music Boosters and Drama Department share concessions responsibilities throughout the Winter Sports Season.

We would love your assistance at some of these games. Please click the link below to see our available games and thank you for your consideration!

ENDING SOON-Acme Cash Back Program

Our music program is enrolled in Acme Cash Back until the end of the 2020 year. If you have any receipts from your shopping trips--please send them with your student to put in our receipt bin in the music room, snap a picture and send it to Mrs. Bonitz, or hold on to them (We can collect them at a later date!)

Please bring in your receipts and drop them off at the main offices or leave them in the MHS Music Room!

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Mogadore Junior/Senior High Music News

Meet Our Instrumental Music Substitute, Mrs. Mabrey!

Dear Mogadore Music Parents,

My name is Kaitlin Mabrey and I am excited to be filling in for Mrs. Bonitz as a long-term substitute for the band program while she is away on maternity leave. In May of 2020, I graduated from Kent State University with my degree in music education and I play the saxophone. I am very passionate about teaching and performing music and I have been enjoying getting to share this with each of the ensembles throughout my day.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with your child as we rehearse together throughout these upcoming months and present to you our virtual concert in December! I cannot wait to meet you!

Thank you,

Mrs. Kaitlin Mabrey

Fall Concert Videos

Check out the Music Department's 7-12 Band and Choir Fall Concert Videos!
Fall Band Program 2020
Fall Choir Program 2020

High School Band Evening Rehearsals

As a reminder, the High School Band will have the following evening rehearsals in December from 6-7:30 PM.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 (Video Recording Night--Caroling Ensembles, High School Band, Jazz Band) Concert Dress with Holiday themed accent attire (should be able to play your instruments)

(Junior High Band will be recorded during school)

Pep Band 2020-2021

Our High School Band will performing at league games this season due to COVID. Below is our tentative schedule---we are excited to share our music to pump up the crowd! Go Cats!
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LAST CALL--Ohio Music Education Association Virtual Solo and Ensemble Sign Up- Grades 7-12 Band and Choir

Preparation for the Ohio Music Education Association High School Solo and Ensemble event is beginning in the upcoming months. This a great opportunity for students to explore different styles of music, specific instrument techniques, and engage themselves outside of the general band curriculum.

New this year---Solo and Ensemble will be a VIRTUAL event. Students will submit recordings of their solo or ensemble works (February) for a digital evaluation from an OMEA Adjudicator in March. More info to come!

I highly recommend that all our High School and Junior High students take this opportunity whether as a soloist or a participant in an ensemble. My experience has shown me that this can be one of the most rewarding, exciting, and challenging experiences for a young musician. This also provides opportunities for musical and individual growth. We hope that your student can participate, fill out the form below to get set up!

Choir Events:

Evening Rehearsal for Performance Recording- Tuesday, December 15, 2020- 6:00 PM

Junior High and High School Choir- Concert Attire with Holiday Inspired Accent Attire

Musical Auditions

Audition Dates:

Monday, December 14, 2020- 3:00-5:00 PM

Tuesday, December 15, 2020- 3:00-5:00 PM

Call Backs- Thursday, December 17, 2020

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Junior High Band Chamber Ensemble Schedule

Please check with Mrs. Mabrey about a modified Chamber Ensemble schedule as we get ready to record your holiday music!!

Regular Chamber Ensemble Reminders--We meet 6A until 12:15 PM. Please remember your instrument and music for our time!

Monday- Clarinets





O.H. Somers Instrumental Music News

Somers Band Rotation Schedule-December 2020

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Beginning Band Classes

For our fifth grade students who have not started a wind or percussion instrument, we will be exploring instruments and testing those instruments throughout the school year with Mrs. Bonitz. We will have a band program recruitment meeting for fifth grade students AND fourth grade students in the spring to get started with an instrument. More details about instrument testing and spring recruitment dates will follow!

Fourth Grade General Music

Our students are doing a fantastic job playing the recorder this school year, in person and virtually. As a reminder, our virtual students have the following assignments on Google Classroom:

1) Au Clair De La Lune mm. 1-2

2) BAG Notation Assignment

3) Au Clair De La Lune mm. 1-8

Please let us know if you have any questions!

O.H. Somers General Music News

Meet our General Music Substitute, Mr. Modney!

Dear Mogadore Wildcats,

It is so nice to meet most, if not all, of you during my first weeks of being here at O.H. Somers Elementary School. My name is Mr. Nicholas Modney and I am the long-term substitute for music moving forward. I have always loved and been involved with music since I was I preschool. I have always thought that music is one of the most important subjects in school, both from a learning and social position.

I have been involved with music since I was about 4 years old! I sang, I played viola, and I tried to learn everything there was about music. I went to college at The Boston Conservatory where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance, and then I went to the University of Akron where I earned a Masters Degree in Music Education. While in college, I learned how to teach both general music and choir.

I currently live in North Canton with my cat, Captain. When I am not teaching, I like to travel, work on cars, go on walks, and spend time with my friends and family. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at

I look forward to having a great time in music class!


Mr. Nicholas Modney

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