Category Archives: Music

IASAS Music Previews

IASAS Music Previews take place on February 13th and 15th in the AMR. Each student will present their solos and there will also be Octet performances. The group travels on March 1st to Jakarta. During the convention, they will be adjudicated as a solo and in their octets. There will also be a finale concert on Saturday 4th. I will update this post with a web link when this is made avaliable so you can follow details. Here is the program for this week’s previews so you can see who is performing and when:


ISM to host AMIS Band Festival- Host Families Needed

ISM is pleased to host the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Honor Band Festival between the March 8th and 12th. AMIS is a by-audition orchestra of 86 students and the 2014 participants come from a mix of 17 different international schools in East and South East Asia. We are now looking for host families to support this event by housing the visiting students for 4 nights. Although March may still seem far away, we really would like to secure homes for these students before the February break so we have time to check relevant information to make sure pairs work for both hosts and visitors. More details of hosting responsibilities and a request form can be found in the following links:

AMIS hosting request letter

AMIS Honor Band Provisional Schedule for Host Families

Evening Concert Series 2016

It is time again for the Evening Concert Series and we have three wonderful evenings of music planned throughout November. Please note the change in date from the printed calendar for the Choir Concert. After the calendar was printed, we chatted with ES Music teachers and decided to include ES singers from the ISM Sing! group in the event for the first time! In addition, the ISM Staff choir will also present an item. This makes this a truly whole school event. Please mark your calendars with this year’s dates:



HS Great Works Concert- Tuesday, September 20th, 2016@5:30pm

  • Who? High School Music classes and members of the Manila Symphony  Orchestra
  • Where? ISM Fine Arts Theatre
  • When? Tuesday, September 20th
  • Starts? 5:30pm

This year’s HS Great Works Concert takes on several Russian  greats including,  Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The main purpose of the Great Works, however,  is to provide an opportunity for the HS music classes to collaborate on a substantial piece of music. With this in minds, this year’s concert culminates in the Orchestra, Band and Choir joining to perform Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor.

Continuing on from last year’s success, members of the Manila Symphony Orchestra will again be playing alongside students. This provides an opportunity for students to interact with and learn from professional musicians.

Other program pieces include:

  • Overture 1812 op.49 by P.I.Tchaikovsky (arr. J.Brubaker)
  • Choreography by Robert Sheldon
  • Spitfire by Gary P. Gilroy
  • Bogoroditse Devo by Sergi Rachmaninoff
  • Vocalize by Sergi Rachmaninoff  (arr J.Manookian)

IASAS Music Cultural Convention- Host Families needed!

This year ISM has the honour of hosting IASAS Music. This exciting event  brings together 162 student musicians from across the IASAS network.  Each school brings 27 students from various Music programs: 8 from Band, 8 from Choir, 8 from Strings and 3 piano players.  Throughout the convention each student will perform a solo, which is critiqued by our adjudicators (professional musicians from Manila). The various octets will then perform a selection of pieces as a group. The whole convention culminates in a Gala concert of Saturday night where our International guest conductors bring together large group performances.

The biggest challenge of hosting any event is definitely making sure we have enough beds to house our guests. Please help by clicking the link below and filling out the housing form. Housing is a fun way to feel part of the event and also beneficial because of the international friendships it fosters. All students coming are High School age but you  don’t have to be in high school to offer up a bed.

IASAS CC Music Housing request letter and form


MS/ HS Music Concert Series 2015

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It is time again for the MS and HS Music Concert Series. These  three concerts are designed to support musical specialisms and also foster vertical growth by bringing different age groups together.  There are three concerts in the series: Strings, Choir and Band. Please note: originally in the printed ISM calendar these concerts were to take place on different dates. Unfortunately, due to the predicted traffic issues during APEC week the concerts have shifted to the following dates:

  • Strings- Monday, November 23rd at 5.30pm (no change)
  • Choir- Wednesday, November 25th at 5.30pm (changed from the 26th)
  • Band- Tuesday, December 1st (changed from the 17th)

All concerts are being held in the Fine Arts Theater and start at 5.30pm each night.



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.

HS Great Works Music Concert- Tuesday, September 22nd @5.30pm

The first big event of the Fine and Performing Arts calendar is the HS Great Works Concert. This event brings together the various HS Music performance classes to perform individual numbers but, more importantly, to collaborate on a piece of significant music. Past years have performed  extracts from such as Bizet’s Carmen Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. This year the group will join together to explore extracts from two famous pieces: John Rutter’s Magnificat and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

To add to the excitement of exploring such great music, students will this year play alongside special guest musicians for the Manila Symphony Orchestra. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to collaborate with and learn from professionals. In addition to playing the collaborative pieces, the orchestra will also be treating the audience to a few individual pieces.

This year we are also including a piano solo from ISM’s very own Lisa Zheng. Lisa, who is a senior this year, has recently  performed a solo recital at the CCP Theatre and is one of the top piano talents currently playing in Manila.

Hope to see you, come Tuesday, September 22nd. This is a free concert and no tickets are not required (free rather than assigned seating). Doors open at 5.10pm and the show begins at 5.30pm.

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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