Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir April 5-9, 2017

AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival

Rhonda Schwartz, Host
5-9 April 2017

Anthony Giles, Guest Conductor
Carissa Christianto, Accompanist

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


View Images from the 2017 Festival

View the Gala Concert

About this Festival

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The Honor Girls’ Choir Festivals for singers in grades 6-8 are always among the most popular AMIS festivals of the year.  The festival is designed to give girl singers a chance to find out what it is like to work with many others of like minds. Most of the music is arranged for two-part, three-part, and occasionally four-part choir.

The middle school choral festivals have a long AMIS history. Initially, there was just one annual middle school choral festival for treble singers, both boys and girls. This expanded into additional festivals for boys’ girls’ choirs.

In 2010, the Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir was split into European and Asian Festivals in order to accommodate the increased numbers of participating schools.

Past Conductors and Host Schools Have Included:

  Conductor Host School
2004 Debra Damron International School of Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy American School of Warsaw, Poland
2006 Barbara Retzko International School of Basel, Switzerland
2007 Debra Damron Bilkent University Preparatory School, Turkey
2008 Kathy Heedles Frankfurt International School, Germany
2009 Melodie Hausman Anglo-American School of Moscow, Russia
  2010: Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Created
2010 Mira Boyadzhieva Jakarta International School, Indonesia
2011 Melodie Hausman Hong Kong International School
2012 Rhonda Schwartz International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 Jo McNally Shekou International School, China
2014 Angela Broeker Hong Kong International School
2015 Kathryn Bechdoldt Shekou International School, China
2016 Darlene Elkins Yangon International School, Myanmar

The 2017 Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival will be held at Jakarta Intercultural School, hosted by Rhonda Schwartz, and conducted by Anthony Giles.  

Application Form

IMG_6972-LA school may apply for one of the following festivals:

  • Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir
  • European Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir
  • Middle School Honor Mixed Choir

Schools on the Asian continent are expected to apply for Asian festivals, and European schools for the European festivals. Schools in other parts of the world may apply for either festival, but may be requested to consider the alternative in the event that one of them is oversubscribed.

The Middle School Honor Mixed Choir has no geographical designation.

As a benefit of AMIS membership, priority will be given to member schools applying for Middle School Honor Choir Festivals. 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.

Female singers in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to attend this festival. As most of the music will be arranged for SSA choir, each school is requested to bring 2 first sopranos, 2 second sopranos and 2 altos.

Schools are usually given 6 places in this festival.  If space permits, additional places may be offered after registration information is complete, for a maximum of 9 singers.

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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.

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.

Soprano Auditions Suggestions | Alto Auditions Suggestions

Audio accompaniments for all middle school audition suggestions can be found HERE.

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.


Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 16.39.06A 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 3 February 2017 and must be paid by 1 March 2017.

Applications for AMIS financial aid must be received no later than 17 November 2016.


Successful applicants must accept their place in the festival, or their alternate status, no later than 14 October 2016 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 sizesa
  • 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 1 February 2017.  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.

Participating Schools

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-10-59American International School Chennai

Asia Pacific International School

Concordia International School Shanghai

Dubai American Academy

Hong Kong International School

International School Beijing

International School Bangkok

International School of Kuala Lumpur

International School Manila

International School of Yangon

Jakarta Intercultural School

Shanghai American School

Shekou International School

Xi’an High Tech International School


Housing  and Hotel

Student Housing
All student participants in the festival will be housed with host families from Jakarta Intercultural School for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 5 April. Any group arriving in Indonesia 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.

20-Hotel_Kristal_JakartaAdult Housing
Registered teachers and chaperones will be housed at
Hotel Kristal
Jl. Tarogong Raya
Cilandak Barat
Jakarta 12430
Phone : +62 21 750 7050
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

All rooms are suites and there is a choice of one and two bedroom suites. The 2017 rates, per person per night, are:
One bedroom suite, single occupancy  – IDR 900,000
One bedroom suite, double occupancy – IDR 1,075,000
Two bedroom suite, double occupancy – IRD 1,802,000

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 ZPQ55QyL

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.


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O Virtus Sapientiae, Hildegard von Bingen

I Will Be Earth (from Songs for Women’s Voices), Gwyneth Walker

She Piped for Us (from Today, This Spring), Libby Larson

No Time, Susan Brumsfield

A Letter from a Girl to the World, Andrea Ramsey

Let Me FlyCristi Kari Miller

Mi’kmaq Honour Song, Lydia Adams – with the Asian Honor Boys’ Choir

Eja!, Scott Hafso – with the Asian Honor Boys’ Choir

It Takes a Village, Joan Szymko – with the Asian Honor Boys’ Choir

Please note that the previously-programmed  Song of Perfect Propriety has been dropped from this repertoire.

Rehearsal Sound Files

Practice sound files are be available for all parts on all pieces in the repertoire.

Click HERE


About the Conductor

GilesAnthony Giles has worked at International School Bangkok since 2010, first as Director of HS Choirs and the HS Fine and Performing Arts Chair, and now in his second year as the K12 Director of Arts and Activities. As an arts educator for the past twenty-seven years, Anthony has championed initiatives aimed at providing better access to arts for all kids.

In addition to his work at ISB, he is active as a guest conductor, singer, and clinician. He and his wife, Jackie, and their two sons, Zachary 13, and Cruz 6, love living in Thailand. Their daughters, Amanda 21, and Mackenzie 23, attend Colorado School of Mines, and recently graduated from Washington State University, respectively. Mr. Giles is excited to be presenting a program of works for women by women in this his AMIS conducting debut.

Concert Information

The Honor Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs Gala Concert will take place on Saturday, 8 April 2017 at 6pm in the JIS Fine Arts Theater at

JISJakarta Intercultural School
Cilandak Campus
Jl. Terogong Raya No. 33
Jakarta 12430
Be aware that JIS has two campuses. The elementary campus is in downtown Jakarta, however the concert will take place on the Cilandak campus.

The concert will be live-streamed on this link.  

There are no tickets, however a photo I.D. will be required for admission to the school.

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 top and black skirt (knee-length or longer) or dressy black trousers.
Flat or low-heeled dress shoes.

No high heels.  No bare shoulders or midriffs.  No mini-length skirts. The wearing of black leggings under a skirt or dress does not change the hemline expectation.  Directors, please help our young women and their parents to understand the conservative nature of concert dress.

Arrival and Departure Information

Host family pick-up time is 3pm Wednesday, 5 April at Jakarta Intercultural School.

Transportation to the school from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will be provided by JIS.

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.

If airline connections are exceptionally difficult, 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 normally relieved of hosting responsibilities as of 10 AM on Sunday morning.  If your travel plans require a late departure on Sunday, it will be necessary for you to retrieve your students by 10 AM and create a program for the day.

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 Sheryl Gruber, festival host, providing the following information:

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