Middle School Honor Boys' Choir Festival
Schools participating in this festival applied in May and were notified of their acceptance at that time. Invoices were sent out at that time. Music for participants is being sent in early August. All music and registration fees must be received on or before August 20, 2012. Until these payments are received a place in the festival is not guaranteed.
Acceptance of School's Place in the Festival
Applications for financial aid for students
|October 4-6||Middle School Honor Boys' Choir Festival, International School of Zug and Luzern|
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About the Festival
2012 will be the twentieth annual Boy Choir Festival for boy singers in grades 5-8. Both treble and changed or changing voices are included, with most of the music in three parts (SAB). The festival is designed to give boy singers a chance to find out what it is like to work with many others of like minds. It sets out to prove that boys can sing very well together and can have a great deal of fun doing so. Be sure your singers are mature enough to spend up to six hours a day in rehearsals. Especially take this into consideration for your younger singers who might find such concentration more than they are ready for.
Host schools for past festivals have been:
Past conductors include:
The 2012 festival will be held at International School of Zug and Luzern, hosted by David Smith. The guest conductor will be Kathy Heedles of The American International School - Vienna. Each school should bring students in each voice part, ideally 2 of each part. Each school should bring a minimum of one B (baritone) singer. Applications were received from AMIS schools throughout the world.
Fees for this Festival
List of Fees can be found here. Full payment for the festival is due on August 20. Upon return to school, music teachers are requested to check with their business office to make sure payment has been made as requested.
Each school will have been billed for 6 singers and 7 sets of music (including one for the director) for this festival. Unless your school has indicated you are bringing an official chaperone in addition to the teacher, your school has been billed for 1 adult registration.
Please remember that the registration and music fees for AMIS festivals are never refundable. Since the deadline for all payments is August 20, you will need to make your payment before the deadline for submitting the names of participants. Therefore, if you find by September 9 that you cannot fill all 6 places allotted to your singers, you are eligible for a credit on the unused places.
Applications for financial aid for students participating in this festival must be received on or before September 1.
September 15 is the final date for submitting all information about participants, housing requests and arrival and departure information. This information should be submitted via the online database. Earlier completion of these details would be helpful!
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 attached the vocalises 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 | Baritone Auditions Suggestions - posted 8 November, 2011
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 be sure the students are fully prepared.
Invitations were sent to:
International School of Zug and Luzerne
American International School Vienna
International School of Luxembourg
Munich International School
Zurich International School
International College Beirut
Karachi American School
Shanghai American School Pudong
Cairo American College
International School of Aberdeen
International School of Düsseldorf
Frankfurt International School
Bilkent Laboratory and International School - list updated 8 September, 2012
Music will be sent to the participating schools around August 1st. Some materials will also be available on box.net so you can get to work as soon as possible with your boys. Teachers were sent an invitation to box.net the end of the last school year. Any teacher needing to have this invitation resent should contact Georgia Bassett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dies Irae, from Mozart's "Requiem" arr. Liebergen SAB
Locus Iste, Bruckner arr. Robinson SAB
Hebe deine Augen auf, from Mendelssohn's "Elias"
Im Park, by Heinz Kratochwil SAB
Jubilate, Alleluia!, by Mary Lynn Lightfoot SAB
Let All Nations Sing, by Sally K. Albrecht SAB
Liza (water Come a me Eye), arr. Steven Burnett SAB
Sway (Quien Sera) arr. Kirby Shaw SAB
Like the Beat of a Drum. Althouse SAB
Come Travel with Me, Farthing TTB
International School of Zug and Luzern
Telephone +41 41 7682919
Fax +41 41 7260452
host David Smith
host E-mail email@example.com
Teachers' Hotel Information
The festival hotel is located near the host school. All teachers and official chaperones will be housed there during the festival.
Contact information for the festival hotel is as follows:
Hotel Ibis Baar
6340 Baar, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 41 766 7600
Fax: +41 41 766 7676
All teachers and official chaperones are responsible for registering for their hotel rooms through the link to the Roomtrust online booking system.
A block of rooms has been blocked for our use. All teachers on our list for this festival will receive an E-mail containing the access code for using this service. The link for the Roomtrust site is https://systems.roomtrust.com/grouplogin.html?code=1055PV54Uce1vf4q3ZgJD00e3
Switzerland is a part of the Schengen Zone. Citizens from certain countries outside North America and the EEA require a Schengen visa to enter Switzerland. It is important that you check the Schengen visa requirements for each of the nationalities of your students. Those requiring a visa will need to request a letter of invitation for the host school. IT IS IMPORTANT TO START VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IT TAKES SEVERAL WEEKS TO OBTAIN A SCHENGEN VISA.
The concert for the AMIS Middle School Honor Boys' Choir Festival will be held at the Zug campus of the International School of Zug and Luzern at 7 p.m. (19:00) on Saturday, October 6. There is no admission charge. - posted 1 October, 2012