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ISM Fine and Performing Arts Events 2017-18

Fine Arts Calendar 2017-18

September 15-17 Dance Exchange Friday to Sunday All Day SAS Singapore HS
September 20 Great Works Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
October 13 & 14 MUN Locals Conference Friday & Saturday All day ISM Hosting HS
October 19 to 21 HS Play Thursday to Saturday All day FAT HS
November 8 to 12 IASAS MUN Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok HS TRIP
November 15 All Choirs Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
November 20 to 24 THIMUN Monday to Friday All day Singapore HS TRIP
November 21 Grade 2 Concert Tuesday 8:00 am FAT ES
November 21 ES AFAC Recital Tuesday 3:00 pm LT ES
November 27th MS Art Exhibition Opening Monday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby MS
November 27 to December 11 MS Art Exhibition Monday to Monday All Day FAT Lobby MS
November 27 All Strings Concert Monday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 29 All Bands Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 30 to Deccember 3 Robotics Tournament Thursday to Sunday All day Taipei American School HS TRIP
December 9 K-12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
January 16 Manila Student Film Festival Tuesday 5:00 pm FAT MS/HS
January 18 TRI-M Music Night Thursday 5:30 pm LT HS
January 19 to 21 GIN Conference Thursday to Sunday All day Concordia International School Shanghai HS TRIP
January 25 Children’s Musical Theater Thursday wholeday FAT ES
January 24 to 28 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Hong Kong Interntaional School MS Trip
January 27 Fast and Fresh Theater Festival Saturday All day ISM Hosting MS
February 1 to 4 ISTA Thursday to Sunday All day Bangkok MS Trip
February 7 to 11 AMIS Band Wedensday to Friday All day United Nation International School of Hanoi MS Trip
February 19 to 24 IASAS Preview Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Monday to Saturday All day FAT/AMR/LT HS
March 3 GIN Manila Conference Saturday All day Brent HS
March 2-4 GIN Conference Friday to Sunday All day Canggu Community School, Bali MS
February 28 to March 4 IASAS Cultural Convention Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Thursday to Sunday All day TAS/ISM/SAS HS
March 7 to 22 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Wednesday to Thursday All day FAT Lobby HS
March 7 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby HS
March 14 to 18 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Seoul Foreign School MS Trip
April 4 to 8 AMIS Boys and Girls Choir Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok MS Trip
April 17 HS Finale Concert Tuesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
April 18 HS Film Festival Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT HS
April 17 to 24 ES Art Exhibit Tuesday to Tuesday All day FAT Lobby ES
April 19 100% Dance Co Thursday 3:30 pm FAT HS
Apirl 25 to 28 VEX Robotics World Championship Wednesday to Saturday All day Kentucky USA HS
May 3 to 16 MS/HS Art Exhibition Tuesday to Wednesday All day FAT Lobby MS/HS
May 4 Preschool Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 4 & 5 MS Play Friday & Saturday All day FAT MS
May 8 Kindergarten Concert Tuesday 8:00 am LT ES
May 12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS
May 21 to June 1 IB1 Art Exhibition Monday to Friday All day FAT Balcony HS
May 23 HS Dance Finale Wednesday 3:00 pm LT HS
May 25 Grade 1 Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 30 MS Finale Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS
June 1 AFAC Recital Friday 3:00 pm LT ES/MS

IASAS Debate & Forensics Try Outs 2016/17

This next IASAS Debate and Forensics Convention is hosted by International School Bangkok. The group of 6 Debate, 3 Oral Interpretation, 3 Original Oratory, 3 Impromptu and 3 Extemporaneous speakers will travel on March 1st, 2017. If you would like to be considered for one of these spots you should already be talking with the coaches. Here is a list of try out dates. The teacher leading each group is underlined. Please talk with them ASAP if you haven’t already been in contact:


Here is the link to the IASAS Impromptu Speaking try out sign up form: IASAS IMPROMPTU SPEAKING- SIGN UP HERE!


IASAS Cultural Convention Auditions begin

This week, the first auditions for  IASAS Cultural Convention are taking place. For those new to ISM, Cultural Convention is actually 3 separate events hosted by 3 different IASAS schools. This year, IASAS CC is March 3rd, 4th and 5th and is held in the following places:

  • Debate & Forensics hosted by ISKL in Kuala Lumpur
  • Art/ Dance/ Drama hosted by TAS in Taipei
  • Music (Strings/ Band/ Vocals/ piano) hosted by us!

This week we see Music auditions taking place. Students should have already talked to the IASAS coaches if they want to be involved. These are Ms. Carrie Grev for Vocals, Mr. Tom Nazareno for Band and Mr. Giovanni Bobbise for Strings.

In the first week after October break, Drama auditions will take place in the FAT on November 5th & 6th  and then Dance on the 18th. This year, Ms. Tami Monsod and Ms. Yek Barlongay will direct a joint Dance/ Drama piece, which will certainly be an exciting event.

Art has a selection process that happens within G22 Art classes.

Debate and Forensics coaches will also start selections in November so students should watch out for details of these mentioned in assembly and posted on the Fine Arts Office notice board.

Fine & Performing Arts Calendar 2015-16

Welcome back to another exciting year for the Arts at ISM. Having been inspired by various experiences over summer, teachers are back from the break and are now keen to see our talented students breath life into their ideas. The link below is a list of the major events the Fine Arts Office  supports throughout the year. (In addition, we support many curriculum-derived events and details of these will come throughout the year from the organising teachers.)

Fine & Performing Arts Events 2015-16


IASAS Debate and Forensics Final

Tomorrow the finalists for each of the 5 events will be delivering their pieces in the FAT. Here is the schedule if you wish to see the action:

Saturday March 7th Schedule
Forensics Schedule Debate Schedule
07:30 Coaches meet at FAT Balcony
08:00 Debate Semis Topic–FAT
8:05-9:05 Debate Semis prep
9.15-10:25 Debate Semis– AMR/ LT
10:25-10:35 Feedback to debaters– AMR/LT
10:45-11.45 Impromptu Final–FAT
11:45: 12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 OI Final– FAT
13:05 Extemp prep room opens
13:45-14:45 Extemp Final–FAT 13:45:00 Debate Announced– FAT
13:50-14:50 13:50-14:50 Debate Prep for final
15:00-16:10 Debate Final- FAT
16:30-17:30 OO Final- FAT


Fine and Performing Arts Events 2014/15

Welcome back! Here is a list of the Fine and Performing Arts events for the year. Make this the year you try something new! The first big events for HS are auditions for the HS Play and in MS the afterschool program includes a a One Act Play Festival. For more information, come and see me, Mrs. Hillman, at the Fine Arts Office.

Fine Arts Events 2014/15

Congratulations to IASAS Cultural Convention Delegates

IASAS Cultural Convention 2014 ran from March 5th to 9th in three locations around Asia and saw some amazing performances in all diciplines. Students are all back at school now suffering from post IASAS blues and dreaming of next year’s inspirational peformances. To enjoy this year’s IASAS  moments again, go to the following places:

IASAS Music Convention, hosted by International School of Kuala Lumpur

Follow this link to find a copy of the Friday and Saturday night concerts:

Follow these links to see pictures from the convention:

IASAS Music Opening 2014 (Video) –
IASAS Debate and Forensics, hosted by Taipei American School
Here are the winning Forensics speakers in action:
Here are other speakers in action:
IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama. Hosted by Jakarta international School
You can find all the Drama and Dance performances, including ISM, on this page:
IASAS Dance 2014Drama IASAS 2014Music iasas 2014IASAS Forensics 2014

IASAS Cultural Convention Previews

This week is IASAS Previews befor the IASAS Cultural Convention Delegates travel to Kuala Lumpur (Music), Taipei (Debate and Forensics) and Jakarta (Art/ Dance/ Drama). It would be great to see people at these events. Here are the schedules for the events:

Wednesday, 26th February @5pm in the AMR- Music Previews (Part One)
Thursday, 27th February @ 3pm in the Little Theater- Forensics Previews
Thursday, 27th February @5pm in the FAT- Dance and Drama Previews
Dance- En route
Drama- Hotel Cabana
Friday, 28th February @5pm in the AMR- Music Previews (Part Two)
Saturday, 1st March @3pm in FAT- Drama and Dance Previews
Drama- Hotel Cabana
Dance- Enroute

IASAS Cultural Convention Review















Between February 27th and March 2nd, nearly 20% of High School students were involved in some way with this year’s IASAS Cultural Convention.

IASAS Debate and Forensics

At 5am on the Wednesday, 17 students left ISM bound for Jakarta and the IASAS Debate and Forensics part of the Convention. Over the three days, students competed in the various events which culminated  in finals on the Saturday. This year, the following students all made the finals in their respective areas:

  • Malvika Subramaniam for Oral Interpretation
  • Kerry Tinga for Oral Interpretation
  • Mia Kawazu for Original Oratory
  • Akshar Bonu for Impromptu speaking
  • Akshar Bonu for Extemporanous speaking
  • Ellice Tordesillas for Extemporanous speaking

The final results saw Kerry eventually bring home the bronze medal for her  insightful piece that took us into the mind of a middle aged man on the verge of a breakdown. Meanwhile, Akshar delivered an Impromptu speech that encouraged the audience to laugh, to think and to ultimately award him gold.


By 8am on the Wednesday, the 27 Music students was also bound for the airport, with Singapore being their destination. Throughout the convention, each music student completed a solo performance in front of a panel and then received a comprehensive critique, which is an invaluable learning experience. They also performed as part of one of ISM’s octet groups for strings, band or vocals. In addition to this, all students participated in large group music rehearsals with highly experienced workshop leaders. On the Friday night some students were also invited to perform in a Showcase Concert while others were invited to participate in the Finale Festival Concert on the Saturday night. ISM is proud to say that all three octets performed in both evening performances, which is a real credit to the depth of talent being fostered in the Music department. In addition to the octets, several students were invited to perform their solos in the showcase or were given honored positions in the finale:

  • Gaea Morales- Vocal solo
  • Moonie Sohn- Two vocal solos
  • Yifeng Yang- Flute solo
  • Jae Woo Jang- Flute solo
  • Jeongmook Lim- Oboe solo
  • Jun Woo Jang- Clarinet solo
  • Keum Seok (Steve) Nam- Tuba solo
  • Yining Zhang- Piano  for Festival Finale
  • Jimin Kim- Concert Master for Strings in Finale
  • Eun Jee (Nikki)  Kang- First Chair for Second  Violin
  • Jeongmook Lim- Festival Band Tuner

IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama

Once the students had left for Jakarta and Singapore, groups from all the other IASAS schools started arriving for 4 nights in manila to participate in the Art, Dance and Drama section of the festival. Over the three days, six 20-minute dances, 6 45-minute Drama performances and a 125 piece Art exhibition were staged. It was a whirlwind of tech rehearsals, workshops with professionals and team pictures on the jeepney brought in to bring a local touch to the proceedings.  This year, Yek Barlongay, the ISM HS Dance teacher, and Tami Monsod, the ISM HS Drama teacher both staged original pieces inspired by Philippines history. The beauty of these pieces is captured by ISM teacher Brandon Hoover in his wonderful photographs of the event. Here is a link to the website where these pictures can be viewed and downloaded:

Beyond the wonderful exhibition and engaging performances, the most outstanding feature of the event for other schools seemed to be the hospitality and commitment of all the other ISM students involved in running the event. This started with a brave group of 20 singers, dancers and actors who opened the show with a variety act that aimed to introduce Filipino culture to our visitors. There was also a team of  students who helped the visiting schools with all the technical elements of the show from programming lights to making set changes possible. There was of course another large group who were dedicated to documenting the event through photography, video and writing. Here is a link to the special edition of the Bamboo Telegraph put together especially for the event:

Then there were the ushers, the host families, the t shirt sellers, the food organisers and the guides who all committed their time and energy to making sure ISM was perceived as welcoming and helpful. Such a large event requires a lot of coordination  and flexibility; the adult tech crew, the Fine Arts Office staff and the wonderful Fine Arts Council have been invaluable in all aspects of bringing the show together.



Previews and Cultural Convention schedule

ISM hosts the 31st IASAS Cultural Convention (Art/ Dance/ Drama)!


On Wednesday the 27th of February 117 actors, dancers, technicians and artists arrive from the other IASAS schools. This is great experience for not only those involved but also the ISM community. During the convention there are plays, dances and an art exhibition to come and enjoy (see schedule below). In addition, the week prior to Cultural Convention is dedicated to previews (see schedule below).


Some people I’ve talked to seem a little unsure of the format of Cultural Convention. With this in mind, I decided to put an explanation together for those who might not completely understand the workings of this part of the IASAS Program.

The 31st IASAS Cultural Convention is held over 3 days from February 28th to March 2nd. There are three parts to this event, each of which is held at a different IASAS School:

  • IASAS Music- hosted this year by Singapore American School (8 strings players, 8 band members and 8 choir singers accompanied by 3  pianists playing solos as well as performing in octets)
  • IASAS Debate and Forensics- hosted this year by Jakarta International School (17 students competing in the areas of Debate, Impromptu speaking, Oral interpretation, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous speaking)
  • IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama- hosted this year by ISM! (8 Dancers presenting a 20 minute piece, 8 actors presenting a 45 minute play and 5 artists accompanying 25 pieces of Art add to an exhibition)

Being part of a Cultural Convention group is essentially the cultural equivalent of making a varsity sports team. All students who are involved have completed some form of audition or selection process. The students of our cultural ‘teams’ are called delegates and represent ISM against other IASAS schools.

If you wish to read a description of the format for each discipline, please click here for the full version of this information sheet:


Previews are held in the week prior to the actual Cultural Convention. This is a chance for students to test their works on an audience and also a chance for people to enjoy the parts of the convention that are travelling. (Please: note this is a change since last week because Forensics has decided to have an extended preview.)




Here is a link to the full music previews program:

IASAS Music Preview Program


Over three days, IASAS Art, Dance and Drama delegates all participate in workshops to develop their skills. The most anticipated parts of the convention, however, are the performances and an art exhibition opening. Here is a list of what is on offer:










This is a link to the live streaming of performances:


While we welcome the ISM community to enjoy these performances and the Art Exhibition, we would appreciate you taking into consideration the following recommendations:

BE ON TIME: You will notice that timings are very precise. This is because the theatre is in use the whole day for technical rehearsals. There is no time allowance for lateness. With this in mind you must arrive before the start time. Latecomers will be refused access, even if you have a child performing.

SWITCH IT OFF: These plays are the culmination of months of hard work, please turn all phones off. It is an expectation of all audience members to adhere to this. You will not be able to leave to take a call during any performance. IASAS is very serious about this rule and it is considered the height of bad manners to admit audience members who are not aware of this. We want to make a good impression as the hosts and lead by example.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY: We have a team of student photographers and a photography expert taking photos. We are also videoing all performances and copies of these will be available via the Fine Arts Office. Flash photography is distracting.

CONSIDER CONTENT: These performances are meant for a HS audience. While most performances are family friendly, we advise discretion when bringing MS audience members to watch. The ISB Drama group has already advised that their performance on the Saturday morning is not suitable for those children less than 13 years of age. MS students, who want to watch JIS Dance and ISM Drama, will be admitted to the theatre at 1.30pm.