|HS GIN Locals||Sep 2-3||@Chinese International School, Manila|
|IASAS Dance Exchange||Sep 16-17||ISM hosts!|
|Great Works Concert||Tue, Sep 20th||FAT|
|MUN Locals||October 21/ 22||@British School Manila|
|HS Play||Thu-Sat, Oct 13-15||FAT|
|Filipiniana||Fri, Oct 21||FAT|
|IASAS Model United Nations||Nov 9-13||@Taipei American School|
|THIMUN||Nov 21-25||@Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore|
|AFAC Recital||Tue, Nov 22||LT|
|All Strings Concert||Wed, Nov 23||FAT|
|All Bands Concert||Thu, Nov 17||FAT|
|All Choirs Concert||Tue, Nov 28||LT|
|MS Art Show||Wed- Mon, Nov 23- Dec 5||FAT Lobby|
|MS International Schools Theatre Festival (ISTA)||Nov 24-27||@Hong Kong Island School|
|MS Art Open||Wed, Nov 23||FAT Lobby|
|K-12 Dance Recital||Sat, Dec 3rd||FAT|
|G2 Concert||Fri, Dec 9th||FAT|
|ES Children’s Musical||Thu, Jan 26||FAT|
|AMIS Strings||Feb 8-12||@Singapore American School|
|IASAS CC Previews||Feb 13-28||Music in AMR/ Dance- Drama in FAT|
|IASAS CC||March 1-5||Music@JIS/ ADDT@ISKL/D&F@ISB|
|MS GIN||March 3-6||@Hong Kong Academy|
|AMIS Band||March 8-12||ISM hosts!|
|IB2 Art Exhibit Opening||Wed, Mar 8||FAT Lobby|
|IB2 Art Exhibit||Mar 8- 24||FAT Lobby|
|Tri M Jazz Night||Tue, Jan 31||LT|
|International Day||Fri, Mar 24||FAT|
|HS Finale Concert||Tue, April 4||FAT|
|AMIS Mixed Girls’ and Boys’ Choir||April 5-9||@Jakarta Intercultural School|
|HS Film Festival||Wed, Apr 19||LT|
|HS 100% Dance||Thu, Apr 22||FAT|
|MS/HS Art Exhibit Opening||Thu, May 4||FAT Lobby|
|MS/HS Intro & Explore Art Exhibit||May 4-17||FAT Lobby|
|MS Play||May 4-6||FAT|
|K-8 Dance Recital||Sat, May 13||FAT|
|HS Dance Finale & Advanced Dance Solos||Wed, May 24||LT|
|IB1 Art Exhibition Opening||Tue, May 23||FAT Lobby|
|IB1 Art Exhibition||May 23-Jun 2||FAT Lobby|
|Preschool Concerts||May 29- Jun 2||LT|
|AFAC Recital||Tue, May 30||LT|
|MS Music Finale Concert||Wed, May 31||FAT|
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.
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.
- 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
The K-12 Dance Recital on December 5th is the culmination of a semester’s learning for both after school groups and curriculum classes. The program starts at 3pm, with the first half being dedicated to the ES and MS dance groups and the second half showcasing the curriculum program from MS and HS. Here is a the poster for the event:
Each year the HS Theatre Department tries to offer a challenging piece of Theatre for ISM students to be involved in. We typically choose a play with a big cast and room to incorporate a large ensemble. We also have a very large backstage and technical crew. For example, last year 140 students were involved in some capacity with the show.
With this in mind, we encourage as many people as possible to attend auditions or sign up for crew .
The Crucible is a classic dramatic play from one of America’s most famous playwrights, Arthur Miller. It explores the events surrounding a small religious community who is dealing with accusations of witchcraft. Some of the most memorable roles in American Theatre come from this play so take the opportunity to be part of the drama!
In addition, to after school rehearsals, we will be rehearsing most Saturdays up until the performance days of October 15th, 16th and 17th. People in ensemble should expect 2 days after school a week. Actors with speaking roles will range between 2 to 4 days a week depending on what is being block at the time. A detailed calendar will be handed with the cast posting.
CAST SIGN UP
The audition process is as follows:
1. Read through at least the first 3 pages of this information sheet about the play and the characters involved:
2. Decide if you would like a main role, a smaller speaking role, to be part of the special choral ensemble or a member of the acting ensemble, then fill out this audition form. Ideally this will be complete by Sunday, August 9th:
3. Go to this folder for audition scripts:
4. Attend an Audition:
Monday, August 10th if you would like to be considered for a major speaking role
Tuesday August 11th, if you would like to have a smaller speaking role or be part of the ensemble groups.ensemble
CREW SIGN UP
1. Fill in this form
2. Attend a meeting on Monday, August 17th to get your crew assignment and begin working on organization. You will be free to go at 4.30pm.
Join us for the final MS Music Concerts of the year on Wednesday, May 13th in the ISM Fine Arts Theatre. All students from the MS Band, Strings and Choir programs will be showcasing their work for the semester. This year’s concert theme is Baroque and Beyond. There are two times:
- Grade 5 & 6 @5pm
- Grade 7 & 8 @ 6.30pm
This year ISM will host the Debate and Forensics section of the IASAS Cultural Convention for HS students. This is an exciting event that involves far more than just the 108 HS students competing. There are three major responsibilities a host must fufil that draws together all memebers of the ISM community: finding housing for the 90 visitors, providing the 60 judges for the five different events and running the judging room.
If you could house 2 or more students for 4 nights starting Wednesday, March 4th please fill out the form attached below and return it to the Fine Arts Office. Full details are on the form attached: IASAS Debate and Forensics Housing Form
We already have ES, MS and HS teachers signed up to help with judging but we still need a few more volunteers. ISM staff and ISM adult family members can also be judges. You do not have to have experience for most of these events, just an interest in listening, thinking and being entertained. You also need to be available for the dates below:
- Feb 19th– Attend a 1 hour training session with Forensics judging or a 2 hour training session for Debate judging.
- March 5th and/ or 6th be available for judging during the day (time slots fall between 7.30am and 5pm)
- Some people may also be needed for Saturday, March 7th but this is no essential.
There are 4 events that make up the Forensics Speaking section of the event. In the preliminary rounds there are 3 judges on each panel. During the finals this increases to 5. Training will take an hour on Feb 19th:
- Extemporaneous Speaking (for those who keep abreast of world affairs and enjoy putting the world to rights): Students collect information on a variety of topical issues/ news events prior to convention. At the convention, they are given a topic and half an hour to prepare a speech.
- Impromptu Speaking (for those who appreciate unpredictable viewpoints and the ability to think on one’s feet): Students are given a prompt and have one minute to prepare a speech.
- Oral Interpretation (for those who enjoy the art of compelling storytelling): Students select an extract from a text before the convention and use the magic of their performance voice to convey the story in a compelling manner.
- Original Oratory (for those who appreciate the true power of a well-crafted speech): Students write an original speech on any topic of their choosing before the start of the convention.
There are two debate teams brought from each school. In the preliminary rounds, adjudicaters judge solo. For this reason, we would prefer voluteers who have at least some public speaking or debating experience. Training for this event would take place from 11am to 1.30pm on Feb 19th:
- Debating (for those who appreciate the joys of verbal jousting): Two teams of three debate each other. There is a moot (topic), which one team will be for and the other against.
If you are available to be trained and judge on the required days, please fill out this Google Form: IASAS Debate and Forensics Judging sign up
Judging Room Volunteers
If judging is not something you would enjoy but you still have time to spare, we also need people to run the judges’ room. This involves the admin side of running the tournament—adding up results, making sure the right paperwork makes it to the right competition rooms, making sure that any issues with set up are solved etc. If you think you could spare a day or more to support this element of the event, please sign up on the Google form: IASAS Debate and Forensics Judging Room Volunteer sign up
In the week prior to the competition, I would try to meet with you to run over the paperwork you would be dealing with. An ISM staff member will head up the judges’ room.
Thanks in advance for your support! If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to email me on HillmanM@ismanila.org
The 5th Annual HS Great Works Concert is this Wednesday, September 24th in the FAT. The concert starts with each of the following classes presenting a variety of pieces: Symphonic Band, Show Choir, Jazz Band, Orchestra. All of these ensembles will then join together alongside Concert Choir and a special guest ensemble from Los Cantantes de Manila, Interchorale, Koro San Migel, UAP Chorale and the UCM Chancel Choir to perform the final Great Work.
This year’s Great Work is the Chichester Psalms, which is composed by one of the most famous American composers of all time, Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein is perhaps best known for his theatrical pieces Candide and Westside Story but has produced works for everything from ballet to chamber music. Click on this link for detailed information about Chichester Psalms and Bernstein’s other works.
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