IASAS Forensics and Debate Tryouts


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The IASAS Forensics and Debate Cultural Convention will be held at Singapore American School March 1-4, 2012.  The Debate and Forensics Delegation is composed of the following teams:

Parliamentary Debate: 3-6 students ( 3 Speakers and up to 3 researchers.  )

Original Oratory: 3 speakers

Oral Interpretation: 3 speakers

Extemporaneous Speaking: 3 speakers

Impromptu Speaking: 3 speakers.

Students may try out for more than one event, as crossovers are permitted, however, this arrangement us purely at the ISM Coachs’ discretion.

Try out information is as follows.  All dates are also posted on the FAO calendar on the Calendar tab at the top left of this page.

OI: Prepared reading of a selection poetry and/or prose that has recognized literary merit.  4:50 – 7:10 in Length

  • Ms. Arndt’s Room (2053)
  • Info Session:  Oct 11.  3:00 pm
  • Round 1:  November 9&10.  3:00 pm
  • Round 2: November 24.  3:00 pm

OO: Original Persuasive Oration on a topic of delegate’s choice.  4:50 – 7:10 in length.

  • Ms. Thompson’s Room (2047)
  • Info Session: October 18.  3:00 pm
  • Round 1: November 8
  • Round 2: November 22

Impromptu: Speaker has 60 seconds to select and plan an original speech on one of two topics. 2:50 – 5:10.

  • Mr. Cook’s Room (2063)
  • Info Session:  go and see Mr. Cook for more info
  • Try outs:  November 7 &8

Extemp: Topics shall be chosen from  current events of political, economic, social and cultural importance. 4:14 – 7:50

  • Mr Hutchison’s Room (3011)
  • Round One: Tuesday Nov. 8,  Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday Nov. 11; 2:35 to 3:15
  • Round Two: Tuesday, November 15  and Thursday  November 17.  2:35 to 4:15.
  • Final Round: Tuesday, Nov. 22 and Thursday, Nov. 24. 2:35 to 4:15.
  • More information on process here

Parliamentary Debate: modified from the Asian Parliamentary  Debate Association.

  • Mr. Curry’s Room
  • November 16, 18 and 23.  3:00 pm
  • See Mr. Curry for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

IASAS Piano Auditions: October 12 and 13.


It’s Audition Season!

We will be auditioning for 3 IASAS Piano delegates to complete our IASAS Music team for Cultural Convention 2012  at Taipei American School. Auditions will be held October 12 and 13 after school in Room 1129 (Ms. Gander’s Room).    Please sign up for an Audition on the Audition board behind the FAT.  Audition requirements are below.

Your audition will consist of:

  • Piano solo piece of your choice
  • Sight-reading piano music

After passing the audition, in consultation with the Piano Coach, piano delegates will choose  a Piano solo piece which is a maximum of 8 minutes and is of the “classical idiom and not of the ‘popular’ or jazz idioms.” (as per IASAS Handbook 2011)

Important Note:

IASAS Piano delegates will perform one solo piece at Cultural Convention.  Additionally, each Piano delegate will be required to accompany 2 IASAS Vocals, 2 IASAS String, & 2 IASAS Band delegates on  their solo pieces.

In addition to learning the accompaniment for CulCon team members, piano delegates must be available to meet with their assigned vocal, strings and band musicians to rehearse on a regular basis.  Piano Delegates must also meet with the IASAS  Piano coach at least once a week as they work on the pieces for the convention.

Piano delegates may also be selected to participate in the Festival Ensembles  (Vocal, Strings or Band) during the convention.

Good Luck!

 

Performers needed for Friday Night Lights!


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Calling all musicians, singers, jugglers, bands, dancers and performers of all sorts.

Peer Helpers is looking for performers for their first Friday Night Lights event.  It will be held in the HS courtyard after school (3 pm – 4:30 pm) on Sept 30.

There is a great opportunity for soloists and small ensembles/bands to perform.  There will be lots of wonderful food food provided by the PTA,  great music and other performances provided by our very talented ISM HS students and after the event, everyone can stick around to support the X-Country Twilight meet.

If you are interested in performing, sign up sheets on bulletin board behind the FAT.

Deadline for sign ups is Thursday September 22 at 3pm.

If you would like more information,  contact Ms. Mohr or any of the following Peer Helpers: Bianca E., Bianca C., Moonie S., Luke S., Henny K., Shivani P.  or Yihua L.

 

So You Think You Can Dance? BoB 2011


So, you think you can dance?  Really?  Check out the grade level dances from 2011 Battle of the Bearcats “So You Think You Can Dance” event and you may find that your skills pale in comparison to the talent demonstrated by Bearcat Grade Level Dance teams.  Battle of the Bearcats (BoB) is an annual School Spirit competition between grade levels.  Each grade level enters teams of students into a wide variety of athletic, artistic and performance competitions.  While there are Gold, Silver and Bronze medal placing awarded for each event, the over-all winner of the day is the grade level which demonstrates the most positive school spirit – not only for participating and cheering on their own grade level, but for supporting all participants in all events.  The competition is friendly – and fierce.   The grade level councils for each year organise t-shirts, hats, banners, teams and the all important Grade Level Cheer.  The Senior entrance and Dance Co performance at the opening ceremony are highly anticipated events.  This year, at the request of the student body, more Arts and Performance events were added to the competition.  We saw incredible artistic talent at the Speed Painting, Bearcat Idol and Bearcat’s Got Talent among many other arts related events.

Every year the adults in the building are amazed and frequently left speechless at what these incredibly talented kids can accomplish when we step back and just let them get on with it.  Speaking of just “getting on with it”  without any further ado, here are the videos of BoB 2011 So You Think You Can Dance? No teacher assistance, no time in class and no grades – just pure, joyous, spectacular Bearcat talent and grade level pride.

Freshmen: ISM Class of 2015 YouTube Preview Image

Sophomores: ISM Class of 2014YouTube Preview Image

Juniors: ISM Class of 2013 YouTube Preview Image

Seniors: ISM Class of 2012 and Winners of the 2011 Battle of the Bearcats Spirit Award YouTube Preview Image

We love our Bearcats and our Bearcats love their Arts!

 

MS Play Auditions


We are still deciding on the show that will be produced for the MS Play this year, but here are some dates to add to your calendar.

Information Session for MS Actors and Technicians:  November 15 and 16 at 3 pm in Room 1149 (Ms. Purdue’s Room)

Auditions:  November 29 and 31 at 3pm in Room 1149 (Ms. Purdue;s Room)

Check back in a few weeks for more information

ISTA Auditions


Calling Grade 7 and 8 Actors and Technicians!

ISM will be sending 20 Middle School students to the MS ISTA Drama Festival at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore from February 16-20, 2012.

We would like to send 18 actors/performers and 2 technicians as this festival will include a technical theatre ensemble.

The theme for this year’s ISTA festival is Power to make or break

STARTING POINT: Wind will assist a kite to delicately carve the sky; it can also fuel a fire that ferociously tears through a city.  Let’s explore this together.

Information sessions will be held September 27 and 28 at 3:00pm in  room 1149 – Ms. Purdue’s Room. Interested students should attend one of these sessions to find out about the festival, as well as what is necessary for the audition

Auditions will be held October 4 and 5  at 3:00 pm in Room 1149.    Please see Ms.  Purdue or Mrs. Matthew for more information.

ISTA participation is limited to students in grades 7 &8 only.

 

IASAS Dance, Drama and Art Auditions


We are still one month away from the opening of the HS Play, but Romeo and Juliet will have come and gone before we know it and it will be time to start working on the next HS Dance and Drama productions.

IASAS Dance, Drama and Art Convention will be held at International School Bangkok from February 29 – March 4, 2012.

ISM will be sending a delegation of 22 students to the DDA Cultural Convention:

8 dancers
8 performers/actors
5 artists
1 Technician

More details about the preparation required for the auditions will be available at a later date, but please take note of the following dates:

Drama Auditions:  November 14 in FAT and 15 in the AMR .  3 pm – 5pm.

Dance Auditions: November  28 and 29 in the Dance Studio.

Technician applications: Due November 9 to Ms. Close in the FAO.

Artist Applications: TBA

AMIS Music Auditions


Attention Middle School Musicians:

Auditions are coming up for the AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) festivals.  ISM will be participating in 3 AMIS Middle School Festivals this year.

1.  MS Honor Mixed Choir:  January 18-22 at American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.

2. MS Junior Honor Orchestra:  February 1-5 at Jakarta International School (JIS) in Indonesia.

3. MS Honor Band:  February 8-12 at Singapore American School (SAS) in Singapore.

Participation in all festivals is by audition only. Students  auditioning for Honor Mixed Choir will be selected by Music Faculty at ISM.  Students chosen for Junior Honor Orchestra and Honor Band will be selected by an outside panel appointed by AMIS.

Audition dates are as follows:

Honor Mixed Choir: Info Sessions Sept.  21 at lunch time in Room 1128 (Ms. Hausman‘s Room) Download Mixed Choir Audition information:  Here

Auditions: Sept. 23 & 26  3 pm in Room 1128 (Ms. Hausman’s Room).

Junior Honor Orchestra: Oct. 17 & 18 at 3 pm in Room 1126 (Mr. Odendaal‘s Room)

Honor Band: Oct. 17 & 18 at 3 pm in Room 1127 ( Mr. Howrey’s Room)

 

Find out more about AMIS by visiting HERE or by visiting the Music Teachers’ Blogs by clicking their name in this post.

Students will have to get their parents to sign a permission form to participate in the auditions.

Priority for AMIS Strings, Band and Choir will go first to students in grades 7 and 8, but grade 6 students are welcome to audition and may be chosen in “exceptional circumstances” (AMIS  Handbook). ” Students who audition for AMIS festivals must be in good standing with the music department of the school they attend.  Where possible, they should be members of the relevant performing ensembles. “(AMIS Handbook)

Good Luck

IASAS Music Auditions


IASAS Music Convention will be held at Taipei American School March 1-4, 2012.

ISM will send 27 delegates to the convention:

8 Band (Winds+Percussion)
8 Strings
8 Vocal
3 Piano

The 3 pianists will be serve as accompanists for ISM ensembles and soloists as well as be adjudicated as soloists themselves.

Auditions for each of the Music Ensembles will be held at the following times.

Band: Round 1:  September 29 and 30. See Mr. Nazareno for details or check out his blog.
Round 2: October 17 and 18.

Strings: November 2 and 3. See Mr. Odendaal for details or check out his blog for more details

Vocal: October 19: 3pm to 5pm and October 20 2:45 – 4:30 in 1128 (Ms. Hausman’s room).

Piano: October 12 and 13. Sign up on the Audition board behind the FAT.

All Audition information can also be found on the FAO Google Calendar