Asian Middle School Honor Boys’ Choir April 4-8, 2018

AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Boys’ Choir Festival

Anthony Giles, Host
 April 2017

Melissa Richardson, Guest Conductor

Held in Conjunction with the AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival

View Images from the 2017 Festival

View the 2017 Gala Concert

About The Festival


2018 will be the twenty-first Boy Choir Festival for male singers in grades 6-8. Both treble and changed or changing voices are included, with most of the repertoire in three parts (Soprano, Alto, Baritone). The festival provides an opportunity for male singers of middle school age to work intensively for three days with many others of like minds. It sets out to prove that boys can sing very well together and can have a great deal of fun doing so. It is essential that participants have the maturity to spend up to six hours a day in rehearsal.

First created in 1996, the festival was split into European and Asian Choirs in 2013 in order to accommodate an increase in the number of participating schools.

Conductors and hosts for past festivals have included:

Year Conductor Host School
1996-97 Dianne Pritchett Münich International School
1997-98 Evelyn Smith American International School of Luxembourg
1999-20 Ian Thompson American School of Paris
2000-01 Peggy Jenks Antwerp International School
2001-02 Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy American International School of Budapest
2002-03 Michael Lansdon American School of Paris
2003-04 Keith Montgomery International School of Aberdeen
2004-05 Hal Halvorsen Frankfurt International School
2005-06 Evelyn Smith Vienna International School
2006-07 Bruce Nelson American School of Warsaw
2007-08 Andrew Dittgen Antwerp International School
2008-09 Debra Damron American School of Paris
2009-10 Lydia Sabra International School of Aberdeen
2010-11 Adam Hart American School of Paris
2011-12 Keith Montgomery Shekou International School
2012-13 Kathy Heedles International School of Züg and Luzern
   2013: Asian Middle School Honor Boys’ Choir Festival Created
2013-14 Lisa Ross Jakarta International School
2014-15 Anthony Mudra Shekou International School
2015-16 Rhonda Schwartz International School of Beijing
2016-17 Jack Brown Jakarta Intercultural School

The 2017-18 festival will be hosted by Anthony Giles at the International School Bangkok, and conducted by Melissa Richardson from the American School of the Hague.

Applying for this Festival

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As a benefit of AMIS membership, priority will be given to member schools applying for Middle School Honor Choir Festivals. As a benefit of serving as festival host, the previous year’s host is also given priority for a festival. Any remaining places will be allocated to non-member schools.

AMIS member schools that are wait-listed for a particular festival and are not admitted for participation shall be given first option to participate the following year.



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 students whose schools are 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 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 usually given 6 places in this festival.  If space permits, additional places may be offered after registration information is complete.

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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 insure a positive experience. It is the responsibility of each teacher to ensure that students are prepared

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.

Invoices are issued in pounds sterling.

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 and must be paid by 2 March 2018.

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Successful applicants must accept their place in the festival, or their alternate status, no later than 22 September 2017 via the link provided below

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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. 

Deadline for entering all information is 31 January 2018Directors 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.

Participating Schools

A list of participating schools will be posted here on 22 September 2017


Housing  and Hotel

Student Housing
All student participants in the festival will be housed with host families from the International School Bangkok for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 4 April. Any group arriving in Thailand prior to that date must make their own arrangements for accommodation until Wednesday.  If a student does not require housing on concert night, 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 book directly through the RoomTrust System. A credit card will be necessary to secure your reservation. If you would like to extend your booking to include nights outside of the festival booking window, book your room as usual and send your specific extension request directly to RoomTrust, quoting your booking reference number. Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

Enter the RoomTrust System Here
Use Booking Code 

The RoomTrust booking system is only for teachers and chaperones who are registered for the festival. Parents and friends may not book rooms through this system.


To be announced

Rehearsal Sound Files

Practice sound files will be available for all parts on all pieces in the repertoire.
Click HERE


About the Conductor

Melissa Richardson is in her sixth year as the middle school choral director at the American School of the Hague, where she teaches singers from age 10 to 14.  Previously, Ms Richardson taught music in Asia for four years at Seoul Foreign School in South Korea, where she was the choral specialist for ages 9-18.

In between her two overseas positions, she obtained her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She was the graduate assistant conductor and alto section leader for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, performing with the New York Philharmonic (Alan Gilbert), Philadelphia Orchestra (Yannick Nezet-Seguin), Dresden Staatskapelle (Daniel Harding), and Berlin Philharmonic (Sir Simon Rattle).   She also sang alto and toured with the renowned Westminster Choir, including performing as choir-in-residence at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina.

She has served on the AMIS audition listening committee, the Board of the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association, and hosted the EARCOS weekend workshop “Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance” and APAC Choir Festival. She has presented workshops on Vocal Health, Korean Drumming, and Teaching Music Abroad.

Ms Richardson is originally from Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College. She began her teaching career in at a public high school in Wisconsin, where men’s choir was her favorite class to teach. She currently sings in the Resident Chamber Choir of the Hague and was selected to sing in ‘Meesters and Gezellen’ through Tenso, the network for European professional chamber choirs.

She is honored to be conducting this AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Boys’ Choir.

Concert Information

The Honor Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs Gala Concert will take place on Saturday, 7 April 2017 at 6pm in the Chevron Theater at

International School Bangkok
39/7 Soi Nichada Thani,
Samakee Road, Pakkret,
Nonthaburi 11120


The concert will be live-streamed.  

Please insure 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.

Concert Wear
• Plain white, long-sleeved dress shirt with necktie
• Black dress trousers
• Black dress shoes.  No athletic shoes.

Arrival and Departure Information

Late arrivals on Wednesday and/or early departures on Sunday cause an inconvenience to our hospitable host families; please take this into consideration when making your travel plans. This may mean opting for a more expensive flight option.

Host family pick-up time is on Wednesday, 4 April at The International School Bangkok.  If a very late arrival is unavoidable, it might 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 responsibilities at 10am on Sunday morning.  If your departing flight is late in the day, you will likely want to arrange a program for the day with your students. Please do not book a flight that departs prior to 10AM on Sunday morning without first consulting the AMIS Executive Director.  If an exceptionally early flight on Sunday is unavoidable, you may need to arrange for your group to stay in a hotel on Saturday night.

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 Anthony Giles, festival host, providing the following information:

  • Full name of the student or teacher
  • Birth date
  • Nationality
  • Arrival and departure dates for Thailand
  • The name of the adult 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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