Here is a PDF of the official IASAS Music Cultural Convention program for 2016, which takes place between the 3rd and 5th of March. This our once-in-six-years opportunity to host the event so we do hope you can make time to come and enjoy some amazing music.
IASAS Music 2016 official program
There are essentially two components to the convention, each of which culminates in a concert, which we urge you to attend.
Adjudications and Festival Showcase: The first aspect of the convention are adjudications of solo and school derived ensembles. Students receive feedback from experts in their field. We are lucky enough to have some of the best musicians and / or music lecturers in the Philippines as our adjudicators. (Please read the program attached above for biographies of each adjudicator.) The adjudication schedule for solos and ensembles becomes final on Wednesday and will be posted then. After two days of adjudication each school has students selected to represent them in the Festival Showcase Recital, which begins at 6pm on Friday on March 4th.
Festival Repertoire and Festival Concert: The second aspect of the convention is working with professional conductors to learn about preparation for large concerts. The Guest Conductors all selected repertoire for the groups back in October and the groups have been learning the pieces for the past few months. This will culminate in a Gala Festival Concert, starting at 4pm on Saturday, March 5th. The conductors we have coming are all professionals who have worked on the international music scene:
Choir- Dr. Joel Navarro, who is originally from Manila but currently Singapore-based, is lecturing at the Singapore Bible College after 12 years as a Professor of Choir at Calvin College in the U.S.
Orchestra- Paul Chiang, the artistic director and lead conductor of Philharmonia Moments Musicaux, who are based in Taiwan . (Paul is also currently the Principle Guest Conductor of Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra of Greece.)
Band- Dr. Peter Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program. He is also a critically acclaimed author of many musical texts.
IASAS Cultural Convention 2016 runs from March 2nd to 6th. This is an Arts festival, which takes place in three countries and involves representatives from each of the six IASAS schools: International School Bangkok, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Taipei American School, Singapore American School, Jakarta Intercultural School and, of courses, International School Manila.
IASAS Art, Dance, Drama and Tech students will be travelling to Taipei American School. Our Dance/ Drama/ Tech team have combined this year to create a piece of dance theatre called Internecine War in the Kingdom of Ra. Our Art delegates will take a travelling show of 25 art pieces.
IASAS Debate and Forensics students will be travelling to International School of Kuala Lumpur. There are five categories where students compete for medals: Debate, Original Oratory, Oral Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking.
International School Manila is excited to host IASAS Music 2016. Each music delegate presents a solo for adjudication and also sings or plays as part of a music ensemble. There are also two concerts to enjoy: the Festival Showcase of exceptional solos and ensembles and the Festival Concert conducted by professional musicians from around the world. (A more detailed post of this event will follow.)
Because of IASAS Cultural Convention, next week is dedicated to previews of the various works for our ISM community to enjoy :
- Monday, Feb 22nd: IASAS Music Solos (Part 1) in the AMR, starting at 5PM
- Tuesday, Feb 23rd: First showing of IASAS Dance/ Drama in the FAT , starting at 5.30pm. (Enjoy the IASAS Arts pieces in the FAT Lobby on the way in.)
- Wednesday, Feb 24th: IASAS Forensics Speaking Preview in LT, starting at 3.30pm (Original Oratory and Oral Interpretation)
- Wednesday, Feb 24th: IASAS Music Solos (Part 2) in the AMR, starting at 5PM
- Monday, Feb 29th: IASAS Forensics Speaking Preview in LT, starting at 3.15pm (Extemporaneous Speaking)
- Monday, Feb 29th: Second showing of IASAS Dance/ Drama in the FAT, starting at 5.30pm (enjoy the IASAS Arts pieces in the FAT Lobby on the way in)
- Tuesday, March 1st: Screening of IASAS Film Entries in the LT 3:00-3:30
All events are free seating and entry. Please come and support these talented students prepare to represent us at IASAS Cultural Convention 2016.