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Fine & Performing Arts Calendar 2016/17

Event Dates 2016-17 Location
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
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

IASAS Music Cultural Convention 2016 Program

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

IASAS Music ConcertsThere 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 Previews

 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.
(Also, we still need 20 more beds for housing IASAS Music delegates. Here is a link to my Arts Blog if you can help with this: )

HS Play 2015: Auditions for The Crucible

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!

Key Dates

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.


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:

The Crucible Information sheet

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:

Audition sign up Google Form

3. Go to this folder for audition scripts:

Audition material

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


1. Fill in this form

Crew Sign up Google 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.




MS Concert- Baroque & Beyond

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

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IASAS Debate and Forensics 2015 @ISM– Volunteers needed!

IASAS CULCON - Forensics & Debate 2015 (facebook cover)
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



HS Great Works Music Concert

great5The 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.


2012-13 Calander

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