Happening Now: AMIS @ SAS 2018

This weekend, nearly 200 student musicians from schools around the world are coming together at Singapore American School for AMIS, the Association for Music in International Schools. This year marks the first year that the high school honor band and orchestra has been split into three groups instead of the usual two.

The listening committee placed select students into the honor band, the honor symphony orchestra (both band and strings), or the honor chamber strings ensemble for the first time in the history of this prestigious event. With the surplus of students, the festival was moved from the Seoul Foreign School to SAS to accommodate all of the musicians.

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Last year, AMIS was held in Luxembourg. The Honor Orchestra (2017) is shown above, accompanied by several band students (in the back) for a full symphony piece. Photo from www.amis-online.org, the AMIS website.

These students represent the best of the best, all having gone through a rigorous audition recording process in early October with results sent out in November. The following high schoolers will be representing SAS at this festival: Jenny Chang, Yoon Kang, Chris Kye, Aidan Miao, Chloe Shin-Gay, Jacob Kim, Kalia Craig, Elizabeth Colwell, Brenda Lee, Patricia Sutanto, Isaac Ooi, Zachary Lee, Jonathan Wang, Hannah Walton, Tanvi Dutta Gupta, Sam Liew, Brandon Zhou, Matthew Tan, and Katherine Enright.

Over the next few days, these talented musicians will rehearse and polish several pieces which will be conducted by three guest conductors.  The final pieces will be performed on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 8pm in the SAS Auditorium.  Admission is free, and tickets should be acquired ahead of time at the Booster Booth.  Be sure to catch this special concert uniting the talents of the very best in student musicianship.

Author: Jonna Chen

Jonna Chen is a first-year reporter for The Eye and this is her third year in Singapore. Currently a junior at SAS, she can be found stressing over a formative quiz or offering friends goldfish and pretzels during break on a normal school day. Once at home, she multitasks by doing homework while editing her Spotify playlists, tagging her friends in memes on Facebook, and watching Worth It on Buzzfeed. Her phone always being on silent causes her to miss all her friends' incoming phone calls, but she can be contacted at chen47991@sas.edu.sg.

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