European Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir April 26-30, 2017

AMIS European Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival

David Smith, Host
26-30 April 2017

Lisa Ross, Guest Conductor
David Jimenez, Accompanist

View additional images from the 2017 festival

View the 2017 gala concert


About this Festival


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: European Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Created •••
2010 Dianne Pritchett St. John’s International School, Belgium
2011 Evelyn Smith International School of Luxembourg
2012 Jean Beeman American International School Vienna, Austria
2013 James Libbey St. John’s International School, Belgium
2014 Keith Montgomery International School of Stavanger, Norway
2015 Kathy Heedles American School of Paris, France
2016 Debra Damron American International School of Budapest

The 2017 European Middle School Honor Girls’ Choir Festival will be held at The International School of Zug and Luzern, hosted by David Smith, and conducted by Lisa Ross of the American School in London.  

Application Form

A 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.


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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.


IMG_3333-LA list of fees for all AMIS events can be found here.

Invoices are issued in pounds sterling with the exception of those schools located in the euro zone, who are billed in euros. The euro amount will be determined by the exchange rates quoted by the AMIS bank on the day the invoice is issued.

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 21 November 2016 and must be paid by 14 December 2016.

Applications for AMIS Financial Aid must be received no later than 17 November 2016.


Successful applicants must accept their place in the festival 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.

Note that the Firefox browser is not supported by the registration system.

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


Participating Schools

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Antwerp International School

American International School of Budapest

American International School Vienna

American School of the Hague

American School in London

American School of Paris

Carol Morgan School of Santo Domingo

Frankfurt International School

Graded School of São Paulo

International College Beirut

International College Beirut Ain A’ar

Inter-Community School Zürich

International School of Amsterdam

International School of Basel

International School of Brussels

International School of Luxembourg

International School of Stavanger

International School of Zug and Luzern

Munich International School

St. George’s International School Luxembourg

Zurich International School

Housing  and Hotel

Student Housing
All student participants in the festival will be housed with host families from the Internaitonal School of Zug and Luzern for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 26 April. Any group arriving in Switzerland 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; this status cannot be later changed.

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.

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Registered teachers and chaperones will be housed at
Ibis Hotel Baar 
Bahnhofstrasse 15
6340 Baar
Tel. +41 41 766 76 00
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

CHF154 per room per night

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 Xcp23asD

 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.


Be Like the Bird – Abbie Betinis
Morokeni – arr. Bernard Kruger
Sound the Trumpet* – Henry Purcell
Sing to Me – Andrea Ramsey
Il Est Bel et Bon – Passereau, arr. Leavitt
Ergen Deda – Peter Lyondev
St. Louis Blues – arr. Kirby Shaw
Bring Me Little Water, Silvy – arr. Moira Smiley
I’m Goin’ Up a-Yonder – arr. Sirvatka
Telephone – arr. Lisa Ross

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* Sound the Trumpet will be sung one step lower than published. A rehearsal copy in the performance key is available HERE

Rehearsal Sound Files

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



About the Conductor

RossLisa Ross teaches choral music at the American School in London. Prior to ASL, Lisa established and developed the middle school choral program at Shanghai American School (Pudong campus) and taught general music (K-5) and high school choirs in Colorado.

A Canadian-turned-American, Lisa received her Master’s in Music with an emphasis in conducting from Colorado State University and Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Lisa guest conducted the AMIS Asian Middle School Boys’ Honor Choir 2014 in Jakarta, hosted the European Boys’ Festival 2015 in London, presented at numerous AMIS conferences and festivals on technology integration in the ensemble classroom, and is thrilled to conduct the AMIS European Middle School Girls’ Honor Choir this spring in Switzerland. She is also honored to currently serve on the AMIS Executive Board.

Concert Information

The Honor Girls’ Choirs Gala Concert will take place on Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 7pm in the Baarburg Theater at

big_ISZ_WalterswilInternational School of Zug and Luzern
Zug Campus
6340 Baar
+41 41 768 2900

Click here for printable road directions from Zurich Airport
Be aware that ISZL has two campuses. The Riverside Campus is located in Hünenberg and hosts the ISZL High School, however the concert will take place on the Zug campus.

The concert will be live-streamed on this link.  There are no tickets; no need for reservations.

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.

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 from 3:30 to 4:40pm on Wednesday, 26 April at the International School of Zug and Luzern.

Participating schools should make their way from Zurich International Airport to Baar Railway Station, where bus transport will be provided to ISZL.  There are direct trains from Zürich Flughafen Bahnhof as well as connections at Zürich Bahnhof.

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 David Smith, festival host, providing the following information:

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  • Birth date
  • Nationality
  • Arrival and departure dates for Switzerland
  • 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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