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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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Tri-M Jazz Night: Get your Tickets now!

Get your tickets now for the 9th annual Tri-M Jazz Night.  This year, the Tri-M council has decided to try a different format for the student organised event.  Due to the proximity to IB exams, the celebration of jazz music and ISM student talent is slightly earlier than other years, with a 3pm start time.  The program features small ensembles instead of full class groups.  Also, instead of a full buffet meal, we will enjoy a catered dessert buffet.

The program kicks off at 3 pm in the Little Theater.  Tickets are available at the ISM Cashier or at the door starting from 3:00pm.

It’s going to be an exciting showcase of student talent, as always!  We hope to see you there.


Musical Roots: ES International Day Concerts

ES International Day is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations in the Elementary School.  Following the Flag Ceremony (8 am – 8:15 am) the day explodes into a wide array of events celebrating the many cultures that make up our ISM school community.  The ES Music Department is putting on its annual international day concert to showcase music from a wide variety of countries and cultures, as well as the outstanding talents of our ES musicians.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 am  – 9:30 am :  Grade 2 Concert in the FAT

11:00 am  – 12:00 pm :  Grade 3 Concert in the FAT

1:00 pm  – 2:00 pm : Grade 4 Concert in the FAT


We look forward to seeing you there.





IASAS Music : Festival Concert

Congratulations to all of our IASAS Music delegates for representing ISM so well at Taipei American School.  Based on exceptional performances during the solo and ensemble adjudications on Thursday and Friday, ISM had many students nominated for the Showcase Recital  Each Performance group had the honor and and yet difficult task of choosing only one nominated soloist or ensemble group per performance area to perform. Please see this post listing the performers.  An additional honor was bestowed on ISM pianist Yining  Zhang, who was chosen to be the sole pianist for the Festival Concert on Saturday evening.

Check the TAS Cultural Convention Website for a recording taken from the livestream of the Festival Concert on Saturday evening.  There are also links to team photos and photos taken through out the day during rehearsals and adjudications. I have taken a quick skim through and there are many photos of the ISM Music delegates.  See if you can spot the Bearcats!

We are very proud of all of our IASAS Musicians. Welcome home and so very well done.


ISM Music Delegates Selected for Showcase

Word has just come through that the following ISM music delegates have been selected to perform in the IASAS Showcase concert this evening in Taipei.

Band: Caitlin Coyiuto with Kao Sugata accompanying.

Strings: ISM Quintet (Yong An, Emiri Tanaka, Seo Young Yoon, Jimin Kim,  Jae Youn Park)

Vocal: Mahek Tulsiani and Myung In Sohn with Ms. Gander accompanying.

Piano: Yining Zhang *

*only 2 pianists  were chosen from all of the IASAS schools

Ms. Hurst  reports that all ISM students have performed to a very high standard and have represented ISM well.  We are so proud of all of them.   If you read this post in time, please try to watch the concert, via the live stream at the following link: 



Cul Con Events Streamed live from TAS, ISB and SAS.

Unfortunately,  IASAS Cul Con Delegates can not take their home-crowd audiences with them to this year’s Cultural Conventions, however, fans, family and friends of Dance, Drama, and Music delegates can watch the performances live!

Dance, Drama and Art Convention at ISB: visit the convention website for schedules and performance information.

Art Opening: Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 pm BKK time (7 pm Manila Time) 

Link to online exhibition

ISB Live Stream Link:

ISM Drama Indulto performs on Thursday, March 1 at  2:35pm BKK time (3:35 Manila Time) 

ISM Dance Obscurum performs on  Friday, March 2 at 1:30 pm BKK time (2:30 pm Manila time)


Continue reading Cul Con Events Streamed live from TAS, ISB and SAS.

IASAS Music Previews: Feb. 22 & 24 at 5 pm in the LT

IASAS Music Cultural Convention is being held at Taipei American School from Feb. 29 – March 4.  ISM Music delegates perform in one of the following categories:  Band, Strings, Vocal or Piano.  Each delegate performs a solo piece as well as part of an ensemble.  Piano delegates take on the role of accompanists for solo and ensemble perfomers.  The 27 ISM music delegates will be performing their solo and ensemble pieces this week as a preview before going to the Cultural Convention.  Previews will be held in the LT on Wednesday,  Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 pm.  Please download the attached PDf file to obtain more information regarding which pieces are being performed and when each student or ensemble is scheduled to take the stage.  We look forward to seeing you in the Little Theater this week.  Admission is free.

Previews Concert Program

IASAS Cultural Convention Previews

It is Cul Con time again!  “Cul Con” stands for IASAS Cultural Convention and it is one of the highlights of the year for ISM’s Fine and Performing Arts students.   This year “Cul Con” has taken on a new format with the traditional 2 conventions being divided into 3 separate celebrations of student artistic and speaking achievement at 3 separate IASAS Schools.

IASAS Music:  Taipai American School

IASAS Dance, Drama and Art:  International School Bangkok

IASAS Debate and Forensics: Singapore American School 

In preparation for travelling to Cul Con events, the Dance, Drama and Music delegates will be holding previews Feb. 22-25.

Music Previews:  Feb. 22 & 24 at 5 pm in the LT

Dance and Drama Previews:  Feb 23 at 5 pm and Feb. 25 at 3 pm in the FAT.

Art Exhibition:  Feb. 20-25 in the FAT lobby

Original Oratory: Feb. 20 & 27 at 3 pm in room 2047

Debate:  Feb. 20 and 22 at 3 pm in room 2052

Extemporaneous:  Feb. 24 at 3 pm in room 3011








CMT Gets its OWN BLOG!

The playwrights, musicians, cast and crew of this year’s Children’s Musical Theater ensemble are hard at work every Wednesday after school.  With the help of Ms. Marnie, they have created a blog HERE to share their creative process and give others an idea of how a play is developed from an idea to a fully realised production.  Please stop by and give them some feedback on their work.

Here are some photos from last year’s show The Giant’s Lullaby to remind you of the incredible levesl of creativity that can come from a group of talented 4th graders.









Legends of Jazz in the FAT November 16 at 5:30 pm

Our 2011-12 concert season officially kicks off on Wednesday,  November 16th with the HS Legends of Jazz Concert showcasing the talents of all of our Band, Strings and Choral students.  Groups performing will be:

Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir, Show Choir and of course, Jazz Band.

It will be a wonderful evening of great works from the likes of Irving Berlin, Jeff Jarvis,  D. Bruebeck and Duke Ellington.

As I am writing this post, I realise that my toes are tapping and I am  swaying a little in my office chair.  The reason –  Concert Band is on the other side of my office wall right now rehearsing “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  They sound fantastic.  They have now moved on to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”   You really can not miss this concert.

See you in the FAT on November 16th at 5:30 pm.