High School Honor Choirs March 1-5, 2017

AMIS High School Honor Choir Festival

Martha Miller and Christopher Ward, Hosts
1 – 5 March 2017

Anne Barry, Women’s Choir Conductor
Lydia Alonso Cabrera, Accompanist

Nicole Lamartine, Men’s Choir Conductor
Kalli Lund, Accompanist

David Squire, Mixed Choir Conductor
Pascale Rozier, Accompanist


About This Festival

There has been an Honor Choir festival every year since 1976. Host schools have included The American School in London, International School of Brussels, International School of Düsseldorf, American School of The Hague, International School of Geneva, John F. Kennedy School Berlin, American International School of Vienna, American School of Doha, St. John’s International School, American School of Dubai, and International School of Luxembourg. The Women’s Choir first appeared in 2004, and the Men’s Choir was introduced in 2015.

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Guest conductors have included André Thomas, Anton Armstrong, Edith Copley, Eugene Rogers, Mark Sirett, Randy Haldeman, Angela Broeker, David Lawrence, Gerald Wirth, Elena Sharkova, Jing-Ling Tam, Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, Axel Theimer, Lynne Gackle, and Doreen Rao.

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The 2016 AMIS Honor Choir Festival will be hosted by Martha Miller and Christopher Ward at The American Community School of Abu Dhabi.


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.  


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 3.
Please refer to the rules for eligibility.

Auditions are now closed.

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Deadline for Audition Upload: 18 October 2016


A 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.  Payment must be received by 14 December 2016.

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

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

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Festival Hotel
Booking Deadline: 15 December 2016

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InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi
Bainuna St
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Phone:+971 2 666 6888
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.


Single (adults only): AED575 per room per night
Double or Twin: AED625 per room per night
There are no triple rooms
Breakfast is included
All rooms must be booked by 15 December 2016.
Deadline for payment is 27 January 2017.

All booking and relations with the festival hotel will be handled by RoomTrust.
Do not book rooms for alternates.

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.

Rates and availability apply to the nights of March 1-2-3-4 2017. If your travel plans involve arrival in Abu Dhabi 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. All rooms must be paid in full by 27 January 2016.

The Hotel Booking Period has Ended.
Invoices have been issued. For assistance with hotel bookings, please contact RoomTrust.

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: 15 December 2016


Successful auditioners must accept their place in the festival, or their alternate status, no later than 3 November 2016 via the link provided below

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15 December 2016 is the final date for submitting all information about participants & alternates, via the online database, including

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

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

Any changes should be brought to the attention of the Executive Director.

Directors should print out this festival acceptance agreement for each of their students and present the documents, signed, to festival registration on 1 March 2017.

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


The Honor Men’s Choir
Nicole Lamartine, Conductor

Tenor I  
Min Gi Cho Korea International School
Daniel Crook American School of Doha
Jonah DeLisi GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi
Sung Bin Hwang International School of Beijing
Donghun Kang Korea International School
Alex Kim International School of Beijing
Jared Lazar American School in London
Tom Linkas American School in London
Sushaan Nath American School of Dubai
Kevin Xu Shanghai American School (Pudong)
Tenor II  
DongHyuk Ahn Tianjin International School
Maxwell Elkins American School of Dubai
Gabriel Hajjar American School in London
MinWoo Jang  Tianjin International School
Andy Kim Korea International School
Juan Lopera American International School Muscat
Seth McKenzie American School of Dubai
John Towfighi American School in London
Tom Wilson American International School Muscat
Isaac Zimmerman American School of Dubai
Bass I  
Ethan Brink American International School Muscat
Khalil Chahine International College Beirut
Addison Crump American School in London
Nicholas Engle Graded School São Paulo
Afif Fakhreddine International College Beirut
Henri Jackson John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Sang Jin Lee Korea International School
Sang Hyun Park Korea International School
Myo Myat Thaw Zin Yangon International School
Herbert Traub IV American International School Vienna
Bass II  
David Charow American School in London
John Conway Graded School São Paulo
Theo Gyra American School of Dubai
Mark Haghani American School in London
Chen Hui Lee International School of Beijing
Thomas Neocleous International School of Düsseldorf
Patrick Oh Korea International School
Leendert van ‘t Riet American School of Dubai
Jonathan Wang American School in London
Jin Ho Yang Korea International School

The Honor Women’s Choir
Anne Barry, Conductor
Click HERE for Women’s Choir 3-part Divisi Assignments

Soprano I  
Sophie Ashley American School in London
Hali Dietsche American School of Dubai
Jessica Feng International School of Beijing
Crystal Goh Rawding American School of Dubai
Annie Griffin American International School Muscat
Claudia Hollander International School of Beijing
Julia Hovenier John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Ingrid Huang International School of Beijing
Suahn Hur Korea International School
Michelle Irby John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Stephanie Pace International School of Beijing
Sophia Raucci John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Nadine Struck John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Petrina Tran American School of Dubai
Lara Zennie American School of Dubai
Soprano II  
Cristina Berting International School of Brussels
Claire Chen American School of the Hague
Eva Dugré International School of Düsseldorf
Yasmin Khan International School of Kuala Lumpur
Sophie Korine Inter-Community School Zürich
Emma Larson American International School Muscat
Christina Manning Shanghai American School (Pudong)
Jessica McLean American International School Muscat
Elise Michels Inter-Community School Zürich
LeeAnn Poarch International School of Kuala Lumpur
Sophia Remram American School of Dubai
Natalya Shield International School of Kuala Lumpur
Celine Smith American Community School Beirut
Cincia Tsai Shanghai American School (Pudong)
Anouk Verstraeten International School of Brussels
Alto I  
Sabrina Chen International School of Beijing
Stephanie Cheng International School of Beijing
Olivia Chung American School in London
Monica Curtin Inter-Community School Zürich
Rebecca Feng International School of Beijing
Eleanor Harrison Zurich International School
Emily Hinton John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Chaney Hornbacher St. John’s International School
Stacy Jo Korea International School
Emma Luman Tianjin International School
Hannah McElroy Tianjin International School
Georgia McHaffie Antwerp International School
Esther Park American School of Dubai
Emilia Schäfer John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Arianna Slupik American International School Muscat
Alto II  
Hana Al-Madhoun American School of Dubai
Zoe Binder John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Maggie Chang Shanghai American School (Pudong)
Emilie Elzvik Inter-Community School Zürich
Heer Jagwani American International School Muscat
Isabelle McMechan American School of Dubai
Jade Mouton John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Amrutha Santoshkumar American School of Dubai
Anya Singh American School of Dubai
Aurora Sonkin International School of Düsseldorf
Madeleine Templer American School of Dubai
Roma Trivedi American School of Dubai
Daphne Tsai Shanghai American School (Pudong)
Esther Van Hoeve Antwerp International School
Kenzie Wilkin American School in London

The Honor Mixed Choir
David Squire, Conductor

Soprano I  
Reem Ayoub American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Hannah Chua International School of Yangon
Sabina D’Souza American Embassy School of New Delhi
Betina Duarte Graded School São Paulo
Honami Ei Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland
Akari Esaka Graded School São Paulo
Clara Fast International School of Amsterdam
Shayanne Jaff Cairo American College
Alexandra Naughton Metropolitan School of Frankfurt
Helena Park Seoul Foreign School
Mariann Pits Anglo-American School of Moscow
Li Guan-Mei Timpson Asia Pacific International School
Ella Titterington American School of Paris
Soprano II  
Maria Barrett American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Risako Beddie Shanghai American School (Puxi)
Ella Burkett American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Bo de Boer Frankfurt International School
Ella Doveton Frankfurt International School
Jane Fang Concordia International School Shanghai
Irim Jeon Concordia International School Shanghai
Anna Koh American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Joya Kumar American Embassy School of New Delhi
Elizabeth Munoz AFNorth International School
Samar Nasrallah Cairo American College
Sunny Park Concordia International School Shanghai
Annika Ryer Cairo American College
Alto I  
Vanessa Aldstadt Concordia International School Shanghai
Sabrina Carneiro Graded School São Paulo
Layla Dissouki Cairo American College
Jillian Greenberg Frankfurt International School
Naomi Greenberg Frankfurt International School
Manola Hekma Graded School São Paulo
Nicole Leung Concordia International School Shanghai
Eva Malek International College Beirut
Anais Mango Frankfurt International School
Leyanne Qubbaj American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Julia Schulman Graded School São Paulo
Emily Thomas Graded School São Paulo
Yeram Yoon Seoul Foreign School
Alto II  
Maryann Derkaloustian International College Beirut
Margaret Emborsky American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Joan Gwak Seoul Foreign School
Emma Hamre American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Eliza Knode Graded School São Paulo
Eugenie Kwon Asia Pacific International School
Tess Lawson American School of Bombay
Anna Nahm Seoul Foreign School
Susanna Pieper American School of Paris
Tamara Raad International College Beirut
Anyun Tan Seoul Foreign School
Leanna Tang Concordia International School Shanghai
Julie Thornton Bilkent Laboratory and International School
Tenor I  
Rehaan Ahmad St. John’s International School
Elijah Burin Concordia International School Shanghai
Lucas George Zurich International School
Michael He Nansha College Preparatory Academy
Justus Hsu Concordia International School Shanghai
Nicholas Hwang Shanghai American School (Puxi)
Eui Suh Jeong Kodaikanal International School
Colin Kim Seoul Foreign School
Marley Lagares Concordia International School Shanghai
Iman Lulla American School of Bombay
Sam Milton International School of Kuala Lumpur
Tom Naughton Metropolitan School of Frankfurt
Peter Wu Shanghai American School (Puxi)
Tenor II  
Abdulla Al Kudsi American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Thomas Aung International School of Yangon
Ciaran Broderick Frankfurt International School
Aiden Cvengros International School of Yangon
Toranosuke Degawa Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland
Andrew Kang Asia Pacific International School
Hyunjoon Nam Seoul Foreign School
Brandon Sohn Asia Pacific International School
William Wang Nansha College Preparatory Academy
Bill Wu Nansha College Preparatory Academy
Amando Xu Shanghai American School (Puxi)
Ryan Yin Shanghai American School (Puxi)
Bass I  
Richard Blaquière Frankfurt International School
Amr Ebrahim Cairo American College
Jacob Gilfry Zurich International School
Carson Glines Frankfurt International School
Sinan Gürel Bilkent Laboratory and International School
Joon Woo Kang Asia Pacific International School
Gyu Young Lee Asia Pacific International School
Tim Lee Asia Pacific International School
Alexander Patrick Maurus Zurich International School
Ian McIntosh Bilkent Laboratory and International School
HyunJun Pyi Cairo American College
Marwan Refaat Cairo American College
Can Yaraş Bilkent Laboratory and International School
Bass II  
Patrick Carter International School of Brussels
Jimmy Han International School of Yangon
Yunje Hong International School of Brussels
Tuomasi Jin Frankfurt International School
Martin Kessler Zurich International School
Ryan Naing International School of Yangon
Christopher Noh Seoul Foreign School
Dylan Ricks Cairo American College
Jeet Sengupta International School of Yangon
Gary Su Nansha College Preparatory Academy
Ahmet Yener Bilkent Laboratory and International School
Benno Zhang Shanghai American School (Puxi)

Titles in red must be downloaded by clicking.

MEN’S CHOIR – Download Rehearsal Notes
Ad Amore – Lee Kesselman  PART ASSIGNMENTS
Tantsulaul – Veljo Tormis
Dies Irae – Z. Randall Stroope  PART ASSIGNMENTS
This is My Song – arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Victimae paschali laudes – arr. Michael Engelhardt   LISTEN    PART ASSIGNMENTS
Kpanlongo – arr. Derek Bermel

WOMEN’S CHOIR – Download Rehearsal Notes
Trilo – traditional Finnish  (Learned by rote at the festival)
Cantate Domino – Heinrich Schütz, arr. Nancy J. Grundahl
Plena – Diana V. Sáez
Ave Maria – Guy Forbes
Radiant Sister of the Day – David Brunner
I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray – arr. André Thomas

Click HERE for Women’s Choir 3-part Divisi Assignments

MIXED CHOIR – Download Rehearsal Notes
Kyrie – Felix Mendelssohn   LISTEN
Heilig Felix Mendelssohn   LISTEN
Una Noche de Verano David Hamilton   LISTEN
Te ArohaTe Puoho Katene   LISTEN
Animal Crackers, Vol. 1 – Eric Whitacre   LISTEN
This Little Light of Mine – arr. Moses Hogan   LISTEN
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – arr. Riley & Althouse   LISTEN

COMBINED CHOIRS – Download Rehearsal Notes
Shine Out, Fair Sun – David Hamilton      LISTEN
Wairua O Te Puna Aroha – Last/Tait    LISTEN


Practice Sound Files

Every voice part of every repertoire piece can be heard with these sound files.

Directors are asked to keep in mind that these audio examples are a 
supplement to regular rehearsals with their students, and not a substitution for them.

Men’s and Mixed Choirs sound files are organized by voice part. Women’s Choir sound files are organized by song title.


Access Practice Sound Files Here

Concert Information


The 2017 Honor Choir Gala Concert will be held on Saturday, 4 March at 7pm at

Al Jaheli Theater
Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel
Khor Al Maqta
Al khaleej Al Arabi Road
Near Shaik Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Tickets are free of charge, but must be booked in advance. Click HERE.
Registered festival participants do not require tickets.

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 accessible to all participants.

The concert will be live-streamed on THIS LINK.

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

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 Chris Ward, festival host, providing the following information:

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

Tenor II    
Alternate Jeffrey Lin SASPD
Bass I    
Alternate Leo Castiblanco Guzman AISM
Soprano I    
Alt 1 JinA Han TISC
Alt 2 Ayu Nakane TISC
Alt 3 Natalie Fagerland TISC
Alto I    
Alternate Gayatri Babel ASDU
Alto II    
Alt 1 Arden Reynolds ISY
Alt 2 Susanna Heidbrink JFK
Soprano I    
Alternate Sarah Zuniga EGSP
Alto I    
Alternate Mariana Blay EGSP
Alto II    
Alternate Yasmina Abou Samra ICBL
Bass I    
Alternate Darwin Li SASPX
Bass II    
Alt 1 Adam Tu NCPA
Alt 2 Aaron Huang NCPA

Men Dark suit, white shirt, necktie, and dark dress shoes with dark socks.


Black dress with sleeves, or black skirt and black top with sleeves, or black dressy trousers and black top with sleeves. Dress shoes, either low-heeled or flat. All hemlines must be knee-length or longer. Floor-length garments are highly encouraged. Cosmetics and jewelry should be kept to a minimum.
No casual wear.  No high heels.  No bare shoulders or midriffs.  No mini-length hemlines.  The wearing of black leggings beneath a skirt or dress does not change this hemline expectation.

Directors, please help our young singers to understand the conservative nature of concert dress.


The 2015 Honor Women’s Choir

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Visit Abu Dhabi Website has great information to help you plan your free time here!

*You do not need to go to the Grand Mosque or go on a Desert Safari, since we have built this into the festival itinerary.

Great Food (other than the great restaurants in your festival hotel!)

Lebanese Flower

  • The “go-to” restaurant for all tourists to get an authentic taste of Arabic food. Mixed grill, hummus, moutabal, fatoush…need we say more? All with a wonderful family-style atmosphere.

Ray’s Grill

  • Appetizers or Dinner at night (open 19:00-23:00)
  • Located in Etihad Towers (very close to the Intercontinental) on the 63rd floor
  • Beautiful evening views overlooking the island and the water
  • Reservation recommended
  • Dress is “Smart Casual” – All gentlemen must wear pants and dress shoes, and women should consider covering shoulders and knees out of cultural respect.

Souq at Qaryat al Beri

  • Dine al-fresco style with stunning views of the Grand Mosque at night. All restaurants are delicious, but personal favorites include Ushna Indian Restaurant, and the Meat Co. South African Restaurant. (both with stunning outdoor seating)
  • The Souq also is a wonderful way to see a “modern day” souq with beautiful retail and date shops, and you will no doubt see many locals enjoying meals there as well.
  • Dress is “Smart Casual” – All gentlemen must wear pants and dress shoes to enter the Emirates Palace, and women should consider covering shoulders and knees out of cultural respect.

Abu Dhabi and Arabic Cultural Attractions:

Heritage Village

  • Set up to give a glimpse into the ancient bedouin culture of the UAE. Great views of the city skyline and a chance to buys some souvenirs.

Emirates Palace (an AED 10 cab ride at most ($3))

  • “Flamboyant Impressions” Photo Exhibition
  • High Tea (around $30) per person
  • Get a cappuccino with gold shavings on top!
  • Check out the GOLD ATM machine
  • Dress is “Smart Casual” – All gentlemen must wear pants and dress shoes to enter the Emirates Palace, and women should consider covering shoulders and knees out of cultural respect.

Fish Market at Mina Port

  • Check out where you can get fresh fish, and you can even get a sandwich made for you for lunch/dinner

World Trade Center/Central Souk

  • A new mall to look like an old souk. Great place to find memorabilia/souvenirs to take home
  • Great restaurants located in this mall.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

  • But it is located out by the airport (from the Intercontinental hotel to the hospital will be about a 75-90 AED taxi ride one way)

A Walk Along the Corniche

  • The weather will be very pleasant so a stroll along the Corniche (there are some smaller restaurants along the Corniche where you can eat) might be a nice way to end the evening

Enjoy the Outdoors:

Mushrif Central Park

  • A nice park with a few restaurants located inside and outside. (5 AED entry)
  • Also close to a nice restaurant – Cafe Arabia

Yas Island Attractions (about AED 60 ($16) taxi ride each way)

Yas Waterworld on Yas Island

  • For those coming from colder climates, this is a great chance for you to enjoy one of the best waterparks around! Incredible slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and roller coaster all add up to hours of fun in the sun.

Ferrari World on Yas Island

  • Want to ride the fastest roller coaster in the world? Well, you can at Ferrari World! Lots of fun for the adrenaline junkie and those who love race cars. After going to this theme park, stop into Yas Mall to do some shopping and have a meal at one of their many amazing international chain restaurants.

Yas Beach

  • Catch some rays VIP style in a cabana or just lounge on a recliner at this five-star beach club.
  • Access to many watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
  • You can order food and enjoy a day of relaxation

Dubai Attractions:

Dubai Opera –

  • Madam Butterfly
  • (approximately 2-hour bus ride, $20 round trip per person; or 1.5-hour taxi ride, $100 each way (up to 4 people in a taxi)

Festival Schedule

Click HERE.

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