Musical Roots: ES International Day Concerts

ES International Day is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations in the Elementary School.  Following the Flag Ceremony (8 am – 8:15 am) the day explodes into a wide array of events celebrating the many cultures that make up our ISM school community.  The ES Music Department is putting on its annual international day concert to showcase music from a wide variety of countries and cultures, as well as the outstanding talents of our ES musicians.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 am  – 9:30 am :  Grade 2 Concert in the FAT

11:00 am  – 12:00 pm :  Grade 3 Concert in the FAT

1:00 pm  – 2:00 pm : Grade 4 Concert in the FAT


We look forward to seeing you there.





Photos: CulCon – Dance, Drama & Art

International School Bangkok Art teacher Basil Tahan was a key figure at this year’s convention; Mr. Tahan and his camera, that is.  In addition to taking beautiful and creative team shots (from overhead while the team was arranged on the floor in the shape of a flower) Mr. Tahan attended every performance and event, as well as many workshops – with his camera.

His photos of the Cul Con Students at work and in performance are stunning.  As one ISM student stated, “He managed to capture all of the key moments in our productions – without ever having seen the shows before!”

Please follow this link to view the photos from Dance, Drama and Art CulCon 2012.  Page 1 begins with the creation of the Art Exhibition.   Photos of Obscurum begin on page 18 and  the collection and Indulto shots begin on page 21 with a few more Obscurum shots following after the play photos.  I guarantee you will want to look at the photos from all of the performances and events.  Here is a taste:





UPDATE: IASAS Dance and Drama Performance recordings

They gasped, they laughed, they cried, they held their collective breath and at the end,  the audience leapt to their feet for thundering standing ovations at both ISM dance and drama performances at IASAS Dance, Drama & Art Cultural Convention held at International School Bangkok this past weekend. The cast of Indulto, dancers of Obscurum and technician Dinesh Mohnani all received high praise for their work on stage and backstage.  Due to the wonders of technology – and the internet – Teacher Yek (who was not able to travel with the dancers this year) gave notes and encouragement during the technical rehearsal via Skype.  Parents, teachers, friends, family and alumni from all over the world and from a variety of time zones watched the performances live via ISB livestream.  Praise, congratulations and support came pouring in via Facebook, text messages, Twitter and email.  If you were not able to catch the previews or the live stream, recordings of the performances can be found here , as well as recordings of all of the Cul Con Performances from each of the IASAS schools.  Direct links:  (Obscurum)  (Indulto – unfortunately, it seems the first 4-5 minutes were not recorded.)  We thank everyone for the support and ISB for providing this service.

UPDATE:  A higher quality version of Obscurum has just been posted to YouTube courtesy of someone who is clearly a huge fan of IASAS Dance performances (there are recordings that go back to 2006, including ISM’s Frieda (2009) and Spectra (2011).)

Congratulations to the Ms. Monsod and the cast of Indulto; Teacher Yek, Teacher Mimi and  the dancers of Obscurum and of course to Dinesh for his incredible technical designs. We are so proud of you. Welcome home.


IASAS Music : Festival Concert

Congratulations to all of our IASAS Music delegates for representing ISM so well at Taipei American School.  Based on exceptional performances during the solo and ensemble adjudications on Thursday and Friday, ISM had many students nominated for the Showcase Recital  Each Performance group had the honor and and yet difficult task of choosing only one nominated soloist or ensemble group per performance area to perform. Please see this post listing the performers.  An additional honor was bestowed on ISM pianist Yining  Zhang, who was chosen to be the sole pianist for the Festival Concert on Saturday evening.

Check the TAS Cultural Convention Website for a recording taken from the livestream of the Festival Concert on Saturday evening.  There are also links to team photos and photos taken through out the day during rehearsals and adjudications. I have taken a quick skim through and there are many photos of the ISM Music delegates.  See if you can spot the Bearcats!

We are very proud of all of our IASAS Musicians. Welcome home and so very well done.


IASAS Debate/Forensics Results

We are extremely proud of all of the fine work presented by our Debate and Forsnsics team members at this year’s IASAS Debate and Forensics convention at Singapore American School.

Of the 8 ISM delegates who made it to the finals, 5 delegates brought home medals.

Extemporaneous Speaking:  Akshar Bonu: Gold Medal (Alonzo Virata: Finalist)

Oral Interpretation: Kei Matsunami: Gold Medal &  Lynn Yu: Bronze Medal (Young Sun Park: Finalist)

Original Oratory: Sofia Benares: Bronze Medal

Impromptu Speaking: Cody Clifton: Bronze Medal (Luke Smith: Finalist)

Complete results can be found at the SAS Convention website.

SAS student reporters also interviewed a number of our ISM delegates and the video reports can be viewed at The SAS EYEOnline site.

Congrats to all of our Bearcat Debate and Forensics delegates and thank you for representing ISM with wit, wisdom, intellect, and grace.



8 ISM Finalists for IASAS Forensics!

8 members of the ISM Forensics team have advanced to the finals at IASAS Cultural Convention 2012.

Impromptu Speaking: Luke Smith and Cody Clifton

Original Oratory: Sofia Benares

Oral Interpretation: Lynn Yu, Young Sun Park and Kei Matsunami

Extemporaneous: Akshar Bonu and Alonzo Virata.

Finals will be available on live stream from SAS.  Schedule can be found HERE

Livestream link HERE

Very proud of all of our Bearcats!


ISM Music Delegates Selected for Showcase

Word has just come through that the following ISM music delegates have been selected to perform in the IASAS Showcase concert this evening in Taipei.

Band: Caitlin Coyiuto with Kao Sugata accompanying.

Strings: ISM Quintet (Yong An, Emiri Tanaka, Seo Young Yoon, Jimin Kim,  Jae Youn Park)

Vocal: Mahek Tulsiani and Myung In Sohn with Ms. Gander accompanying.

Piano: Yining Zhang *

*only 2 pianists  were chosen from all of the IASAS schools

Ms. Hurst  reports that all ISM students have performed to a very high standard and have represented ISM well.  We are so proud of all of them.   If you read this post in time, please try to watch the concert, via the live stream at the following link: 



Performing Arts Auditions for SY 12-13

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Auditions for enrolment in SY 12-13 HS Performing Arts Classes will take place March 7-9.

Auditions are open to any student in grades 8-11, however, some experience or pre-requisites may be required by individual teachers.

Students should see the teacher in charge of the course if they have any additional questions about what is required for auditions.

Click on the ensemble above to open a link to see specific audition dates and audition requirements.   Audition Dates and times can also be found on the FAO Google Calendar .  You must sign up for an audition ahead of time.  Please see the Audition Board behind the FAT or the teacher of the Auditioned course.  Students should also inform their guidance counselors that they intend to audition.