Six KIS high school choir students participated in the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) honor choir festival at John F. Kennedy school in Berlin February 28 through March 4. The students sang with nearly 200 other students from international schools around the world in three different honor choirs, as well as in a combined choir at the end of the evening. Three of the KIS students were participating in their second AMIS festival, and one participated in her third.
All six students passed a rigorous audition process in October, recording an excerpt from a classical aria and singing two vocal exercises that demonstrated their range and versatility. KIS also had two students selected as alternates, but neither was called up to sing in the choir.
All six students were in the mixed choir (soprano, alto, tenor bass) this year. In past years, KIS students have sung in the women’s choir (soprano and alto only) or men’s choir (tenor and bass only), as well as in the mixed choir. The mixed choir was under the direction of Dr. Edith Copley, professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Dr. Copley is one of the most admired choir directors in the world. Northern Arizona University has a reputation of being one of the best vocal music education universities in the western US. As Mr. Brown says, “I have stolen more conducting moves from Edie Copley than from any other choir director in the world.”
The concert featured music from the western classical tradition, as well as music from cultures around the world, including the US, Estonia, Spain, Central and Northern Africa, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Article and photos from Pangyo middle and high music educator Jack Brown.