Workshop for Students and Teachers of I.B. Music – West October 27-28, 2017

Workshop for Students and Teachers of IB Music – West

Katalin Kiss and Sophie Ransby, Guest Clinicians

27-28 October 2017

Douglas Beam, Host Organizer


About the Workshop

Focus on Performance:
 Students will perform for peers in teachers in small groups and receive feedback and coaching. We will attend a performance at the Royal Concertgebouw, one of the Netherlands foremost performance venues to hear a concert with compositions by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

Focus on Composition
: Students will have the opportunity to bring original works that are either in process or complete and receive feedback and coaching from teachers and peers. 

Focus on Listening
: Dr. Katalin Kiss, a Kodály expert from Budapest, will be exploring the background of Zoltan Kodály – the historical, social and musical environment in Galánta during the compser’s childhood – and the metamorphosis of those old memories in the art of the internationally recognized composer.

Focus on Culture:
 Dr.  Sophie Ransby of the Southbank Centre in London will actively engage the students in lessons on ISA’s Javanese Gamelan. The students will play this entrancing music and consider it as a possible starting point for the Musical Links Investigation. 

Guest Clinicians

Dr. Katalin Kiss is Associate Professor at the Kodály Institute of Liszt Academy of Music, Kecskemét, Hungary. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest as a recipient of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic. In 2002, she obtained her doctoral degree in performing arts with distinction from the same institution. 

 Dr. Kiss has been lecturing since 1989 at the Kodály Institute of Liszt Academy of Music, where she served as Deputy Director General in 2002-04. She is the chief professor of musicianship studies at MA program, professor of conducting and choir building, specialist on Kodály’s life work and contemporary Hungarian choral music.

She spent several years in the USA as a guest lecturer and conductor on the invitation of the Kodály Center of America in Boston. In addition, she lectures, teaches and holds workshops regularly at music symposia and seminars in Europe, Australia, in the USA and China. In 2015, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music invited her as a full-time guest professor.

Dr. Kiss founded the world famous Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble in 1990 and has given more than four hundred concerts around the world, winning manny prizes including the Champion of World Choir Games title in Austria 2008 and in Latvia 2014.

In addition to Ars Nova, Dr. Kiss conducts foreign choirs and gives concerts in Europe, the USA, Australia and China as a guest conductor. She often serves on juries for international choir competitions. She is elected representative of Hungary in the Council of World Choir Games.

In 1993, Dr. Kiss founded the Ars Nova Editio Music Publishing Company which specializes in contemporary Hungarian choral music.

Dr. Sophie Ransby graduated with a BMus (hons) from City University, London in 1999. Having previously studied clarinet, saxophone and bass clarinet under Phillip Scott and Angela Fussell, Dr. Ransby studied with Andrew Webster at GSMD and specialised in performance, composition and the music theatre of David Bowie for her final dissertation. She then graduated with a MA in Acoustic Composition studying under Rhian Samuel.

Dr. Ransby is a prolific gamelan player and educator with over 27 years of experience in playing both traditional and new music for gamelan. In August 2000, she was awarded a Darmasiswa scholarship from the government of the Republic of Indonesia and studied karawitan at Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia, Surakarta, Java. After three years in Java, she returned to City University and, supervised by Prof. Steve Stanton, was awarded her Ph.D in 2013 with a thesis examining the emergence of gamelan notation and its impact on gamelan as an oral tradition. 

Dr. Ransby performs regularly with the Southbank Gamelan Players and ensembles across the UK and Europe, most recently embarking on a tour with electronic music duo Plaid to Amsterdam and Budapest in 2016.

Since 2006, she has managed the gamelan programme at London’s Southbank Centre, leading group workshops, devising early years music sessions and curating large-scale festival weekends including the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhood Gamelanathon and Discover Indonesia in 2015. She has also held a number of roles within the Festivals and Participation team including general team administration, interim Voicelab coordinator with Mary King, and project manager on large scale music education projects such as the Lost and Found Orchestra, Bernstein Festival, Lang Lang massed pianos, education projects curated around visits by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, participatory scratch orchestra projects, The Yehudi Menuhin Competition Weekend, Tabla Takeover with Zakir Hussein and Southbank Centre’s own Women of the World Orchestra and Women in Music strand.

In March 2017, Dr. Ransy was appointed Education Manager (Orchestras) at Southbank Centre.

Fees and Registration

A schedule 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.

Applications will open as of 12 April 2017, and remain open until 13 October 2017 or until the maximum of 60 places for students have been filled.

Students must participate in the company of their teachers.

The application form requires:
• Full name of participant
• Grade level
• Emergency telephone contact
• Nationality
• Any allergies or dietary restrictions

Registration begins on 12 April 2017
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Workshop Hotel

Students and teachers will be housed at

Ibis Budget Amsterdam City South
Prof JH Bavincklaan 1
1183 AT
TEL: +31 20 7154333
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.


Single (adults only): €104.15 per room per night
Double or Twin:€113.30 room per night
There are no triple rooms
Breakfast is included

All booking and relations with the festival hotel will be handled by RoomTrust.

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 individual student’s name in a twin room and notify the Executive Director in order to have your student paired up with an individual student from another school. Do not book students into single rooms, which are for adults only. The hotel has no triple rooms.

If you have two students who don’t object to sharing a bed, please book those students into a double room rather than a twin.

Rates and availability apply to the nights of October 26-27-28 2017. If your travel plans involve arrival in Amsterdam 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 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 prior to arrival.

Enter the RoomTrust System Here
Use Booking Code 5T3r286x


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