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

AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival

Anthony Giles, Host
4-8 April 2017

Dinah Helgeson, Guest Conductor


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
2017 Anthony Giles Jakarta Intercultural School

The 2018 Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival will be held at The International School Bangkok, hosted by Anthony Giles, and conducted by Dinah Helgeson.  

Application Form


Schools may apply to participate in one of the following 2018 festivals:

• European Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir – Düsseldorf, Germany
• Asian Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir – Bangkok, Thailand
• International Middle School Honor Mixed Choir – Chennai, India
• African Middle School Honor Mixed Choir – Lusaka, Zambia
• South American Middle School Honor Mixed Choir – Santiago, Chile

In the event of over-subscription, priority will be given to AMIS 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.

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.

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.



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 2 February 2012 and must be paid by 2 March 2017.

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


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 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 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.

Participating Schools

A list of participating schools will be posted here on 16 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 are be available for all parts on all pieces in the repertoire.

Click HERE


About the Conductor


Dinah Lindberg Helgeson is retired from the International School Bangkok, where she served as Head of Fine Arts and director of the High School Choir.  She is in demand as a guest conductor and choral clinician in the U.S.A., Canada, and SE Asia. She has conducted several All-State, ACDA and Provincial choirs throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and Southeast Asia. She loves retirement and spends her time guest conducting, facilitating vocal/choir retreats/teacher workshops and adjudicating.

Born in Montana, Ms Helgeson attended  Pacific Lutheran University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. While at PLU, she was member and soprano soloist with The Choir of the West under the direction of Dr. Maurice Skones. She studied with Barbara Poulshock and was named the Cecelia Shultz Soloist winner. She pursued graduate studies at University of Southern California where she studied with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger. 

Ms Helgeson now lives on Vashon Island in the state of Washington, where she enjoys the view of Puget Sound and Mount Ranier from her deck.

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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