Honor Jazz Festival and Jazz Skills Workshop September 27-October 1, 2017

AMIS International Honor Jazz Festival
AMIS Jazz Skills Workshop

Eivind Lødemel, Host
27 September – 1 October 2017

Mark Fields, Big Band Conductor
Kate Meininger, Vocal Jazz Ensemble Conductor
Jon Hodge and Jeff Pellaton, Jazz Skills Workshop Clinicians


View Additional Images from the 2016 Festival


About The Honor Jazz Festival

AMIS  is proud to sponsor this festival which is designed to support our finest high school jazz musicians and to give them the opportunity to learn from top level jazz educators from around the world.  Many of the instructors perform jazz in various ensembles in many different countries. Students will have the opportunity to share this experience  with like-minded fellow jazz student musicians. The festival consists of a full Big Band Jazz Ensemble with the opportunity for rhythm sections and a few wind players also experiencing combo work.

The typical Big Band includes approximately 6 trumpets, 6 trombones, 7 saxophones, and 3 complete rhythm sections. When possible, a Vocal Jazz Ensemble is also offered, providing jazz singers the opportunity to work with the big band and combos as well as creating their own a cappella ensemble. Students submit auditions in April; a group of professional jazz educators and performers form the selection committee.

For those unsuccessful candidates and for others who wish to improve their jazz skills,  the festival also, when logistically feasible, includes a workshop component that works on the  fundamentals of jazz.

Previous Festival Locations

American School in London
American School of the Hague
American Community School Hillingdon
American School of Warsaw
International School of Prague
International School of Brussels
American School in Japan
International School of Luxembourg
Marymount International School of Rome
International School of Beijing
International School of Kuala Lumpur
AFNorth International School

The 2015 Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Guest Conductor, Darmon Meader

The 2015 Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Guest Conductor, Darmon Meader

Previous Guest Conductors

Alan Ginter, Bilkent University Preparatory School
Jon Hodge, Heidelberg High School
John Salminen, International School of Brussels
Jim Yarnell, The American School of the Hague
Neal Yocom, The American School of Paris
Peter Lutkoski, The American School in London
Kerry Nichols, The American School in Japan
Randy Wanless, The American School in Japan
Richard Hein, ACS Hillingdon International School
Joseph Granzow, International School of Kuala Lumpur
David Beckstead, International School of Beijing
Carolyn Stock-Chapin, International School of Brussels
Darmon Meader, Founding Member of the New York Voices
Jeff Pellaton, Ramstein High School

The 2017 festival will be hosted by Eivind Lødemel at United Word College in Singapore.


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. Only students who will be in grades 9 – 13 during the 2017-2018 school year will be eligible to audition for the 2017 Jazz Festival.  

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The Jazz Skills Workshop

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.30.16The Jazz Skills Workshop, held in conjunction with the Honor Jazz Festival, welcomes instrumentalists of all ability levels and is designed to familiarize musicians on any instrument with the knowledge and skills necessary to learn to play and improvise in the jazz idiom. Space for rhythm players is limited. Students will learn the theory and style characteristics of this art form in a master class and small ensemble environment. A wealth of materials for further study and practice are included. The three day workshop culminates with an informal performance by small groups of a selection from “standard” Jazz repertoire.

IMG_0937-LEligibility: Students who have auditioned unsuccessfully for the Honor Jazz Festival will have first priority to register for this workshop.

Applications for the Jazz Skills Workshop will be accepted following the announcement of the Big Band audition results.


Guest Conductors

Mark Fields is a music educator with more than two decades of varied teaching experience, both in the US and Internationally.  Now in his ninth year of teaching Instrumental Music in Tokyo at the American School in Japan, Mark serves as the Department Head of Fine Arts, and leads the HS Jazz Ensemble, as well as teaching High School and Middle School Bands. Prior to ASIJ, Mr. Fields taught music at The International School of Stavanger (Norway), and the International School of Prague (Czech Republic) as well as Kent-Meridian High School in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Washington State University and a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University.

Kate Meininger has taught high school and middle school choir for the past 13 years at Chatfield Senior High School in Colorado, the International School of Panama, the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and is currently completing her first year at Hong Kong International School. Although she has taught a variety of music classes, vocal jazz is her true passion as a teacher and performer. Kate has been an adjudicator and clinician for festivals in the USA, Costa Rica, and Malaysia. As a vocalist and pianist, Kate also enjoys performing in various capacities within the community. She loved working with Darmon Meader and the AMIS Vocal Jazz Ensemble last year, and is excited and truly honored to direct this exceptional group of singers! 

Jazz Skills Workshop Leaders

Jon Hodge is the music teacher at AF North International School in the Netherlands, where he teaches Band, Choir, Guitar, and Strings.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, and has also studied conducting and music technology at the Cincinnati College Conservatory as well as at Florida State University.  He has enjoyed a varied performing career as both a trumpeter and vocalist, and continues to perform and conduct.  Jon is pleased to guide young musicians through the 2016 Jazz Skills Workshop.

Jeff Pellaton is an Air Force veteran from Castro Valley, CA. This will be his fourth year with the AMIS Honor Jazz program and he has previously worked with the Big Band as Big Band conductor, emergency substitute drummer, and as a Combo leader. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education as well as a Master of Arts in Percussion Performance from Eastern Illinois University. Jeff was the Director of Percussion Studies at Mississippi Valley State University prior to beginning his career with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, for whom he served positions in Okinawa, Japan; Wuerzburg, Germany and Ramstein, Germany. Mr. Pellaton was the musical director for the DOD All Europe Honor Jazz Seminar for twelve years. 

Hotel & Housing Information

Student Housing
All student participants in the festival will be housed with families from United World College for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 27 September. Any group arriving in Singapore prior to the Wednesday should make arrangements for the students to stay in a hotel with their teachers until Wednesday.

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. A school can request that three students be housed together, but this request cannot be guaranteed. Do not include alternates in your rooming requests. If a student does not require housing after the concert on Saturday night, this must be clearly stated on the housing request form, and this status cannot be changed later. 

Adult Housing
Teachers will be housed at
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
50 East Coast Road
Roxy Square
Singapore 428769
Phone: +65 6344 8000
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your AMIS booking.

Single occupancy – S$224.80 per room per night
Double/Twin occupancy: S$242.46 per night
Rates include service, tax, and breakfast
Free Wifi

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.

Click Here to Book

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.

Transport between the hotel and the school will be provided to teachers each day.


Students who have been offered a place in the festival must accept their places, no later than 16 May 2017. Directors accept places on behalf of their students via the registration portal below.


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Acceptance / Registration Data Base is Open and can be found here.

31 August 2017 is the final date for submitting all information about participants via the online database, including:
• Emergency Contact Information
• T-Shirt Sizes
• Nationalities
• Roommate Preferences
• Arrival and Departure Information

Directors of festival participants agree to remain in contact with AMIS throughout the summer holiday.

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

Directors should also print out the Festival Agreement Form, to be signed by each student and presented upon arrival at the festival.

Applications for the Jazz Skills Workshop will be accepted until 31 August, or until places are filled.

Festival Fees

IMG_8065-MFull payment for the festival is due on 14 September, 2017. Fees for the 2017-18 season have not yet been published, however a full listing of AMIS fees for 2016-17 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.

Alternates do not pay fees until accepted into the ensemble.

Please be advised that registration fees for AMIS events are never refundable.

Financial Aid Applications must be received by AMIS by 17 August 2017.

Concert Information

Combo Night

Friday 29 September 7pm
United World College Black Box

Honor Big Band and Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert
Saturday 30 September 7pm
United World College Auditorium

1 Tampines Street 73
T +65 6305 5344
24-hour security desk +65 6260 0602


There are plans to live-stream both events.

Please ensure that guests are aware that the use of video is prohibited for all AMIS concerts.

Saturday Concert Attire
All men: Black trousers, long-sleeved white shirt, waistcoat/vest, black shoes and socks.
Women in the Band: Black trousers and shoes, long-sleeved white blouse or shirt, waistcoat/vest.
Women in the Vocal Ensemble: All black, including shoes; a dress or skirt rather than trousers, which must come just below the knee and must not be tight so as to allow for freedom of movement.
Jazz Skills Workshop Participants: a festival tee-shirt will be issued during the workshop.

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 Eivind Lødemel, festival host, providing the following information:

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


2017 AMIS Honor Jazz Band

Alto Saxophone  
Rohan Prasad American School in London
Jerry Zhang Taipei American School
Tenor Saxophone  
Kaan Dinckol United World College South East Asia
Hunter Keith GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi
Baritone Saxophone  
Jehseok Kim International School of Kuala Lumpur
Danielle Braam United World College South East Asia
Dylan Erdei American School in London
Jonathan Hua Taipei American School
Min Jun Kim Korea International School
Ji Seung Park St. Mary’s International School Tokyo
Tara Turkki American School in Japan
Maggie Boyd Shanghai American School – Pudong
Jason Kim Korea International School
Ruairi O’Flaherty International School of Brussels
Shintaro Okubo American School in Japan
Annabel Uhlman Taipei American School
Sean McGuire American School in Japan
Saurabh Shivakumar United World College South East Asia
Myles Wang United World College South East Asia
Jacob Mario Hoi United World College South East Asia
Marco Kelly American School in London
Yuno Maeda International School of Düsseldorf
Euan Jenkins St. George’s International School Luxembourg
Andrew Lim Korea International School
Aleksander Ziolkowski St. John’s International School
Myeong Jin Choi International School of Kuala Lumpur
Daniel Musashi St. Mary’s International School Tokyo
Benjamin Sexton Zurich International School

2017 AMIS Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Risako Beddie Shanghai American School – Puxi
Catherine Hendicott International School of Kuala Lumpur
Molly Stirrat United World College South East Asia
Emma Christensen International School of Kuala Lumpur
Susanna Pieper American School of Paris
Kenzie Wilkin American School in London
Keshav Jagannath Singapore American School
Eui Suh Jeong Kodaikanal International School
Nicholas Pattarini International School of Luxembourg
Arnaud Avondet American School in Japan
Ricky Haneda American School in Japan
Felix Yeung Hong Kong International School

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

Alto Sax    
Alternate 1 Antonio Del Rio International School of Luxembourg
Alternate 2 Kazuma Mitchell American School in Japan
Tenor Sax    
Alternate Kylie Brumm ACS Hillingdon International School
Bari Sax    
Alternate  Luka Sandoval St. Mary’s International School
Alternate Kerry Lee Taipei American School
Alternate Chris Ahn Seoul Foreign School
Alternate 1 Pinhau Chi American School in Japan
Alternate 2 Nick Olosky International School of Düsseldorf
Alternate 3 Mohammad Syukur American School of Paris
Alternate Jade Teather Seoul Foreign School
Alternate Sean Bagary United World College South East Asia
Alternate 1 Alice Tay United World College South East Asia
Alternate 2 Seoyoung Lee United World College South East Asia
Soprano Voice    
Alternate 1 Advaitha Venkat United World College South East Asia
Alternate 2 Shivani Dayal United World College South East Asia
Alternate 3 Hina Singh International School of Kuala Lumpur
Alto Voice    
Alternate 1 Abigail Pan Shanghai American School – Puxi
Alternate 2 Tali Golergant International School of Luxembourg
Alternate 3 Rebecca Snoad United World College South East Asia
Tenor Voice    
Alternate Naud Veldhoen American School in Japan
Bass Voice    
Alternate Joshua Lim Seoul International School

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. Eligibility

  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.

Deadline The deadline for financial aid applications can be found on the calendar for each individual festival. Payment

  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.


When You’re Smiling  – arr. Tom Kubis
Flight of the Foo Birds – Neal Hefti
Fables of Faubus – Charles Mingus
Wrygly – Maria Schneider
Caravan – Duke Ellington
I’ll Take Les – arr. Mike Kamuf
A Child is Born – Thad Jones


Sunday Morning – Kerry Marsh
The Awakening – Rosana Eckert
Summertime – arr. by Derek Fawcett
All the Things You Are – arr. Kirby Shaw
It Don’t Mean a Thing – The Real Group


Come Fly with Me – arr. Greg Yasinitski
I Can’t Believe You’re in Love With Me – arr. Darmon Meader

Click HERE to view images from the 2016 festival at the American School of the Hague.

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Jazz Skills Workshop Participants

Kaito Arai Guitar American School in London
Koji Asai Piano St. Mary’s International School
Sean Bagary Drums United World College
Liam Bleakley Alto Sax United World College
Mitch Bonaguru Drums Singapore American School
Kylie Brumm Tenor Saxophone American School in London
Erica Chiou Trombone Taipei American School
Annie Cho Trumpet Taipei American School
Simon Choi Alto Sax / Clarinet Seoul Foreign School
Eric Chow Piano / Bass Taipei American School
Antonio Del Rio Alto Sax International School of Luxembourg
Delaney Edwards Piano/Alto Sax American School in London
Senen Fernades Trumpet Taipei American School
Orion Godfrey Bass United World College
Sohum Goyal Trumpet Singapore American School
Philip Han Bari Sax / Clarinet Seoul Foreign School
Ian Huang Trombone Taipei American School
Patrick Kennedy Trombone American School in London
Henry Kim Trumpet Seoul Foreign School
Shaamer Kumar Guitar American School in Japan
Jasmine Kwok Piano United World College
Sol Leaer-Cole Vibraphone United World College
Ethan Lee Drums Seoul Foreign School
Jiyoon Lee Tenor Sax / Clarinet Seoul Foreign School
Kerry Lee Trumpet Taipei American School
Kevin Lee Bass Taipei American School
Seoyoung Lee Piano United World College
Brandon Lim Guitar Taipei American School
John Nation Trombone American School in London
Tae Young Oh Trombone Singapore American School
Isaac Ooi Bass Singapore American School
Patrick Philips Alto Sax Taipei American School
Nathan Potter Guitar American School in London
Max Preiser Trumpet American School in London
Zef Robinson Drums Taipei American School
Jeremiah Shim Trombone Seoul Foreign School
Winnie Shon Tenor Sax Seoul Foreign School
Rebecca Snoad Flute United World College
Alice Tay Piano United World College
Leona Tsai Tenor Sax Taipei American School
Taejas Venkataraman Alto Sax United World College
Eric Wang Bass Taipei American School
Ruohang Yin Tenor Sax United World College
Karolyn Yoon Guitar Singapore American School
Vanness Yu Drums / Piano Taipei American School

Arrival and Departure Information

Host family pick-up time is from 16:00 to 17:00 on 27 October at United World College of South East Asia, East Campus

1 Tampines Street 73
T +65 6305 5344
24-hour security desk +65 6260 0602


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 would 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.

If you are unable to be at UWC by 5pm on Wednesday, 4 October, please notify the Executive Director.

Host families are 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.  Please do not book a Sunday flight that departs prior to 10am.  If an early flight is unavoidable, plan to stay at a hotel with your students on Saturday night following the concert.

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