African Middle School Honor Mixed Choir Festival May 2-6, 2018

AMIS African Middle School Honor Mixed Choir Festival

Melodie Hausman, Host Organizer

2-6 May 2018

Jeffrey Quinto, Guest Conductor



About This Festival

For more than twenty years, AMIS has presented over 60 honor choir festivals for middle school students in international schools throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Due to demand from our participants on the African continent, AMIS will be coming to the heart of Africa for the first time in May 2018.

Both treble and changed or changing voices are included, with most of the repertoire in three parts (Soprano, Alto, Baritone). Male singers are welcome on all three voice parts.


Applying for this Festival

Applications will be accepted 1 – 14 September, 2017. 

In the event of oversubscription, priority will be given to AMIS member schools.

Invitations will be extended to successful applicants on 15 September 2017.

Invited schools must accept their places no later than 22 September 2017.

Click Here to Apply
Applications will open on 1 September 2017



AMIS Festivals support the music programs in schools whose primary purpose is to serve expatriate children in various world locales. Applications are not accepted from schools outside of this international school community. Participants must be active members of the relevant performing ensembles within their school. Any exceptions to the above must have prior approval from the Executive Director in order to audition.

 Male and female singers in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to attend this festival. As most of the music will be arranged for SAB choir, each school is requested to bring 2 sopranos, 2 altos and 2 baritones. If a school does not have 2 baritones, they should bring at least 1 baritone and 5 students who are sopranos and altos.

Schools are each given 6 places in this festival, however places for additional singers may arise following the application and acceptance process.

A director who submits and application for participation does so with the understanding that he or she will be responsible for all local arrangements for participation, including but not limited to musical preparation, travel arrangements, fee payments, and communication with the Executive Director and the parent community.

Click HERE for more information about directors, chaperones and visiting parents.

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Teachers are requested to audition their own students for the AMIS Middle School Choir Festivals. This should be a formal audition procedure designed to show that the singer can hold his own part and can learn fairly quickly. You will find below the vocalises that AMIS suggests you use for your auditions. Singers who struggle to match pitch should not be accepted by auditioning teachers.

It is recommended that teachers select their own alternates for this festival. Alternates would be expected to practice the music and would then be ready for one of the school’s places should one of the participants be unable to participate.

Students are responsible for the complete learning of all repertoire and should not be recommended unless they are able to meet the demands of performing challenging literature with other outstanding students. They must be capable of concentrating during long rehearsals each day. Students must be well prepared so as to ensure a positive experience. It is the responsibility of each teacher to ensure that students are prepared. Sheet music will be distributed in October 2017. Participating schools may choose to receive their music either via postal service, or via courier at an additional charge.

It is highly recommended that you use the AMIS middle school honor choir audition materials when selecting your singers.



A list of fees for all AMIS events can be found here.

Questions regarding fees and payment should be addressed to Tim Germann, Chief Operating Officer.

Please be advised that registration fees for AMIS events are never refundable.

Invoices will be issued on 2 February 2018.  Payment must be received by 2 March 2018.

Applications for AMIS financial aid must be received no later than 15 November 2017.


All directors must provide, for themselves and their students:

  • Emergency contact information
  • Allergies and/or dietary restrictions
  • Nationalities
  • T-shirt sizes
  • Arrival and departure information
  • Roommate Preferences

Students are housed in pairs. No student will be housed individually. A school can request that three singers be housed together, but this request cannot be guaranteed. If a student does not require housing after the concert on Saturday night, this must be clearly stated on the housing request, and that status cannot be changed. 

The Registration Portal Will Open on 25 September 2017

Deadline for entering all information is 31 January 2018.  Directors should also print out this festival agreement form to be signed by participants and parents. Present these forms upon your arrival at the festival.

Click HERE for more information about directors, chaperones and visiting parents.

Student Housing 

All student participants in the festival will be housed with host families from the American International School of Lusaka for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 2 May.  Any group arriving in Zambia prior to that date must make their own arrangements for accommodation until Wednesday.  If a student does not require housing on concert night 5 May, this must be clearly stated when registering students for rooming preferences.

Members of the Festival accept that staying with host families in other parts of the world is an important part of the AMIS philosophy, and a major part of the total festival experience in which they are to participate.  Teachers make roommate recommendations when registering their students. Students are housed in pairs. No student will be housed individually. In some cases, it may be necessary to pair a student with a student from another school. A school can request that three singers be housed together, but this request cannot be guaranteed. If a student does not require housing after the concert on Saturday night, this must be clearly stated on the housing request form. This status cannot be changed.

Adult Housing

Registered teachers and chaperones will be housed at
Protea Hotel Mariott Lusaka
Arcades Shopping Complex
Lusaka 10101
Phone: +260 211-254664
Fax: +260 211-254606
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

Single – $136 per room per night
Double/Twin – $141 per room per night
Rates include breakfast
Rates do not include a 1.5% tourism levy 

AIS Lusaka will handle all bookings and payment to the hotel.  AISL will invoice each participating school for reimbursement of the nightly rates.  Any extra room charges will be the responsibility of the guest.

To book rooms for adults who are registered with the festival, write to Shirley Mee, AISL Procurement Manager, with the following information:
• Type of room (single, double, or twin)
• Name(s) of adults
• Name of school
• Arrival and departure dates

AISL is handling room bookings only for adults who are registered with the AMIS festival. Parents and friends who plan to be in Lusaka must make their own arrangements for accommodation.

Participating Schools

The list of participating schools will be posted here on 26 September 2017


About the Conductor

Jeffrey Quinto  will be relocating to Ethiopia in the fall of 2017 to become the Middle School/High School Choral Director at International Community School Addis Ababa. Past positions include Dubai American Academy, Celia Cruz High School of Music in Bronx, USA; and the Paula Hedbavny School in New York City.

A versatile musician and educator, Mr. Quinto has taught choir, concert band, jazz band, rock band, and musical theater, giving him a rich foundation and a unique musical perspective from which he teaches. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from New York University.

As a relatively new teacher in the international circuit, AMIS continually gives Jeffrey the resources he needs to build successful and interesting music programs. He admires AMIS for its dedication to excellence, and for the unique opportunities provided for the students. He is excited to conduct his first AMIS Middle School Mixed Honor Choir Concert and is thankful for the opportunity.


To be announced

Rehearsal Sound Files

Practice sound files will be available for all parts on all pieces in the repertoire. These sound files are intended to support, not replace, the work carried out by directors in ensuring that their singers have a solid learning of all material prior to travelling to Santiago.


Concert Information

The Gala Concert will take place on Saturday, 6 May 2018 at 6 pm in the Tiyende Pamodzi Performing Arts Center at

American International School of Lusaka
487 A/F/3 Leopards Hill Road
+26 (211) 260509
+26 (211) 260510
​+26 0978772600


Please ensure that all guests are aware that the use of video is prohibited at all AMIS events. A recording of the concert will be provided to each participating school. The choir will hold in place at the close of the program for the purposes of photography.

Concert Dress Boys:
• Plain white, long-sleeved dress shirt with necktie
• Black trousers
• Dark shoes and dark socks, preferably black.  No athletic shoes.

Concert Dress Girls: 
• Plain white top
• Black skirt (knee-length or longer) or dressy black slacks.
• Flat or low-heeled dress shoes.
No high heels.  No bare shoulders or midriffs.  No mini-length skirts. Directors, please help our young singers and their parents to understand the conservative nature of concert dress.

Arrival and Departure Information

Host family pick-up time is on Wednesday, 2 May the American International School of Lusaka. 

Late arrivals on Wednesday and/or extremely early departures on Sunday cause inconvenience to the hosts, and should be strenuously avoided. This may mean opting for a more expensive travel option, which is far preferable to inconveniencing our hospitable host families. Please do not book an arrival flight that lands in Lusaka after 6pm on Wednesday. Please do not book a departure flight that departs Lusaka before 11am on Sunday.

If airline connections are exceptionally difficult, it would be prudent to consider arriving a day early, staying in a hotel and doing some sightseeing with the students in advance of the start of the festival.

Host families are relieved of their responsibilities as of 10am on Sunday morning.  

Visa Information

It is the Director’s responsibility to check on the status of their students’ passports and, where necessary, visas. In many countries, it is now necessary, in addition, to have 6 months’ validity in the passport AND residence visa of your home country (if applicable) in order to apply for a visitor visa for another country. You should take care of visas as soon as the festival participants are chosen. If your visa application requires a letter of invitation, you will need make a request directly to Melodie Hausman, host organizer, with “Visa letter request” on the subject line, providing the following information:

  • Full name of the student or teacher, as it appears on the passport
  • Birth date (spell out month in order to avoid confusion)
  • Nationality
  • Name of school
  • Arrival and departure dates for Zambia
  • The name of the adult(s) who will be traveling with the student
  • Address and fax number of the consulate from which you are obtaining the visa

Once again, this is the director’s responsibility.

AMIS Financial Aid

Funds for AMIS Financial Aid are provided by contributions and gifts. A limited number of financial aid grants to for students from AMIS member schools are available during each academic year.  Applications may be submitted for all band, choir, and orchestra festivals.  Financial aid is not available for workshops or for Solo & Ensemble Festivals. It is dependent upon the music teacher from each school to ensure that applicants are in true financial need, and that without a grant from AMIS, participation would be impossible.


  1. Alternates are not eligible to apply.
  2. A student cannot apply for financial aid for the same festival in two consecutive years.
  3. A student cannot apply for two festivals in the same school year.
  4. In general, financial assistance will be offered to no more than one student per school for any given festival, although the Financial Aid Committee may, in exceptional circumstances, decide to award assistance to more than one student from the same school.
  5. It is assumed that a student whose family members have the means to attend the festival are not in need of financial aid.
  6. Only those students who attend an AMIS member school are eligible for financial aid.

Application Procedure

  1. The financial aid application forms are available HERE
  2. Prepare hand printed or typed teacher and parent reports in large type. The parent of each student applicant is required to complete the parent financial aid request form and to return it to the music teacher.
  3. The music teacher must scan the 2 documents and email them to
  4. Both forms must be received before a student’s application can be considered.
  5. The decisions of the committee will be sent by e-mail to teachers making financial aid applications.


The deadline for financial aid applications can be found on the calendar for each individual festival.


  1. The maximum award is 50% of student travel/hotel expenses, not to exceed €500. In most cases the amount granted will be less than the maximum possible amount.
  2. AMIS will credit the applicant’s school in the amount of the award.

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