High School Honor Band & Orchestra March 14-18, 2018

AMIS International Honor Band and Orchestra Festival

Darrell Roddick, Host Organizer
14-18 March 2018

Travis J. Cross, Honor Band Conductor

Peter Stark, Honor Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Howard Williams, Honor Chamber String Ensemble Conductor

About this Festival

The first Honor Band Festival took place in 1975 at The American School in London, thus making the 2017 festival the 42nd anniversary for AMIS’ first and oldest ensemble.

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The first Honor Orchestra Festival was held in 1990, but did not come under the AMIS umbrella until 2006.

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In 2015, The Honor Band and Honor Orchestra came together in one instrumental festival for the first time in the history of AMIS.  The 2018 event will be the fourth AMIS High School Honor Band and Orchestra Festival.

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The 2018 festival will feature three ensembles, all three of which will be assigned by the audition listening committee: 
an Honor Band, and Honor Symphony Orchestra, and an Honor Chamber Strings Ensemble.


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.  

Applicants must submit their auditions through a music teacher from their school, and 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.

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 Role of Directors

A director who submits students for audition or enrolment 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.

A student may not participate in any festival unless accompanied by his or her director. If the director is unable to attend the festival, the student’s school will inform the Executive Director of the approved substitute chaperone.

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


For the 2016-17 season, all AMIS festivals use audition set 4.
Please refer to the eligibility statement.

The deadline for having all auditions uploaded is 16 October, 2017.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 12.59.32A 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 2017.  Payment must be received by 15 December 2017.

Applications for AMIS financial aid must be received no later than 17 November 2017.

Fees include registration, sheet music, ground transport between the hotel and the school, lunches on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and dinner on Saturday night. Fees do not cover ground transportation between the airport and the hotel. 

Festival Hotel
Booking Deadline: 13 December 2017

Students and teachers will be housed at

Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun
9 Namdaemun-ro
Namdaemunno 4(sa)-ga
Jung-gu, Seoul
South Korea
Tel:+82 2-2211-8000
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

Single (adults only): KRW 198,000
Double/Twin: KRW 220,000 inc
Rates include breakfast
All rooms must be booked by 13 December 2017

All booking and relations with the festival hotel will be handled by RoomTrust. Please do not contact the hotel directly.

AMIS policy precludes any student being housed alone in a single room. In the event of an odd number of students from your school, please enter the single student’s name in a twin room and notify the Executive Director in order to have your student paired up with a single student from another school.
• There are no triple rooms.
• Do not place students in single rooms, which are for adults only.
• Do not book rooms for alternates!

Rates and availability apply to the nights of March 14-15-16-17 2018. If your travel plans involve arrival in Seoul prior to the booking window, please book your rooms as usual and contact RoomTrust directly with your specific extension request, quoting your booking reference number.

RoomTrust will prepare pro-forma invoices for each school in early January in order for you to make advance payment directly to the hotel. Twin rooms that are split between two schools will be invoiced at 50% of the cost of the room.

Enter the RoomTrust Booking System Here
Use Booking Code

The RoomTrust booking system is for festival participants only. Parent and friends who are not registered for the festival may not use the RoomTrust system.

Booking Deadline: 13 December 2017


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13 December 2017 is the final date for submitting all information about participants & alternates, via the online data base, including:

• emergency contact information
• allergies and/or dietary restrictions
• nationalities
• arrival and departure information

13 December is also the deadline for bookings in the festival hotel.

The AMIS Festival Agreement form should be printed out for each member. The documents are to be signed by the students and their parents, and presented by the director at festival registration on 14 March 2017.

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

AMIS International Honor Band 2017
Dr. Travis J. Cross, Conductor

Members will be posted here on 1 November 2017

AMIS International Chamber String Ensemble 2017
Howard Williams, Conductor

Members will be posted here on 1 November 2017

AMIS International Honor Symphony Orchestra 2017
Peter Stark, Conductor

Members will be posted here on 1 November 2017


To be announced

The 2018 AMIS International Honor Band and Orchestra
Gala Concert

The Gala Concert will take place at 7pm on Saturday, 17 March at 7pm in the Mainstage Theater, Lyso Center for the Performing Arts at
Seoul Foreign School
55-1 Yeonhui-dong
Seoul, South Korea
Tel. +82 2-330-3100

The concert will be live streamed.

Please ensure that all concert guests are aware that the use of video is forbidden at all AMIS events. A quality recording of the concert will be made available to all participating schools.

 Please see “Concert Attire” for expectations on performance wear.

Band Members

Women: Plain black dress (knee-length or longer) with sleeves, or dressy black trouser outfit with sleeves.  Dress shoes, either flat or with minimal heels.  No mini-length dresses or skirts.  The wearing of black leggings beneath a skirt or dress does not change this hemline expectation.

Men: Dark suit or dark jacket and slacks.  Plain white shirt.  Necktie.  Dress shoes.


Chamber String Ensemble Members
Symphony Orchestra Members 

Women: Plain black dress (knee-length or longer) with sleeves, or dressy black trouser outfit with sleeves.  Dress shoes, either flat or with minimal heels. No mini-length dresses or skirts. The wearing of black leggings beneath a skirt or dress does not change this hemline expectation.

Men: Black, long-sleeved shirt with black bow tie. Black slacks and dress shoes.

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. It is now often a very slow and complicated process AND quite expensive to obtain visas for festival participants.

If your visa application requires a letter of invitation, you will need make a request directly to Darrell Roddick, festival host, providing the following information:

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

Again, this is the director’s responsibility.

Alternate Status

Click HERE for answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding alternates.


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 financial_aid@amis-online.org.
  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.