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Interhouse Music Competition

The interhouse music competition will be held on Sunday, November 26th at Royal Family Garden in Xianlin. It’s exciting, because each house will be performing in front of community members – friends, families, and even strangers! Talk about an authentic musical experience! The chosen song is, “Jingle Bells.” This is quite a challenge because it’s a well-known song and so the audience will have its own versions that it likes, and yet each house will need to come up with its own personal interpretation. Remember, this year you will also be judged on how original your orchestration is. You can achieve up to band 3/4 for a straight transcription, but to achieve the 7/8 band, you’ll need an original arrangement!

If you are interested, please let your team teacher and Miss Keus know, because we’ll need to add you to the student list for the NIS safety protocols.

Good luck!

Interhouse Music Competition

The practical / playing portion of this year’s interhouse music competition will take place during semester 1. It will take place on Sunday November 26th at Royal Family Gardens and will be performed in front of a live, community audience (family, friends, and strangers!)

This year’s rubric has been updated to include an orchestration strand. The descriptors for 1 – 4 refer to straight transcriptions, which mean you perform the music exactly as written (skillful, but not creative). The descriptors for 5 – 8 refer to arrangements, which mean you add an intro, maybe a solo, maybe you do a key change, you play it in a different genre / style, etc.

Please see your interhouse team captain, teacher, or Miss Keus if you are interested in performing. Because this is an off-campus event, we will need to register each performer for our safety protocols.

More details to follow.

November Performers

The upcoming big concerts are:

NIC Benefit Concert: November 18

RFG Winter Market: November 25

NIS Winter Concert: December 13

We are currently seeking soloists and small ensembles for these events. If you are interested, please check the following deadlines:

November Concerts Deadlines for the NIC:

November 3rd – audition the piece & receive feedback

November 10th – polished & perfect

December Concerts Deadlines for Soloists, Dancers, and Rock Bands:

If you choose to perform a piece from your November repertoire, then please keep it polished.

If you choose to perform a new piece, then please use these deadlines:

November 17th – give Miss Keus the name of your piece

November 24th – audition the piece & receive feedback. This will require practicing for two gigs at the same time.

December 9th, 09:00 – 10:30 a.m. – show polished piece to Miss Keus. This is a Saturday morning.

Pfrang BBQ Musicians

Musicians wishing to perform at the September 23rd Pfrang Gala should speak with Miss Keus this week.  While there is a line-up already, next Monday we will be auditioning all groups to determine the running order. If you’d like to help Pfrang (service) while expressing yourself (creativity), then please come see Miss Keus.

Production Props Crew

We are currently seeking three additional Arts students able to create MYP/DP production props on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:15, September to November.  If you are interested, please contact Miss Keus by Wednesday 3:15.

Monday Staff Briefing Minutes

Dear Colleagues,

Here is the link to Mondays’ staff briefing minutes.

All minutes are considered to be in draft format until Laurie approves them at the beginning of each week.

If you have questions about the content, then please see Amy. If you have questions about how to access the content, then please see Joe.






School Bells

Once again, it’s time to submit your bells for the year! If you would like to hear 15 seconds of your favourite song for a week, then please submit your suggestion to your advisory / homeroom, and then to student large storage. The bell schedule will be finalised by the 1st of September; bells will be scheduled by the Performing Arts Council.

Here’s some info:

  • appropriate for all levels of the school (even if it’s the instrumental part, but everybody knows the rest of the naughty song!)
  • 15 seconds long
  • Have a nice fade in and fade out (if possible)
  • Be in MP3 format
  • If you make your bell unique (a.k.a. annoying) on purpose, it may not last week week (Mr. WW!).
  • Bells must be placed in “Student Large Storage / School Bells” and in a folder with your advisory teacher’s name; multiple bell suggestions are very welcome.

If you need any help with cutting the bell (in GarageBand), you can contact Miss Keus for help.

Choir Meeting – Friday Lunch

Dear Choir Members,

We will be having a 10 minute, delicious choir meeting in which we will reflect upon last year’s performances and discuss this year’s upcoming repertoire. Please come promptly at the start of lunch… or suffer the crumb-sequences.

Miss Keus


Downloading Arts / PE Content

I have uploaded instructions (on Seesaw) for how to archive your content from this school year and have tagged everyone in each class. If you’d like to save your work (especially your final performances!) or if your mum or dad would like to save some cool videos, then please do so quickly. I am using a free account for Seesaw and will be deleting classes in July, and repopulating in preparation for the upcoming school year. Please see your P.E. teacher about whether you should archive for that class as well. Also, please remember that the music / drama folders on studentlargestorage will disappear this week, so please download any sheet music, production videos, etc., that you’d like to keep. Thanks.


Friday Disruptions

Dear Teachers,

Here is a list of students who will be in and out of your classes on Friday due to assembly performances:

MYP Assembly, 08:00 – 09:00:

Angus, Bravo, Casey, Chloe, Dahun, Edwin, Eric, Erica, Hellen, Henry, Hyeonseo, Hyunjun, Jaemin, Jake, Juhwan, Kiki, Robin, Saeim, Sohyun, Summer, Sunny, Taehyung, Tony, Yejin, Yoonji, Yujin, Blake and Yuki.

PYP Assembly & Sound Check, 09:15 – 10:00:

Bravo, Yuki, Summer, Casey, Tony, Kiki, Saeim, Erica, Jaemin, Dahun, Robin, Jonas, Lesaan, Seungyoub, Sophie, Willy, Sydney, Lennon, Juhwan, Taehyung, Chloe, Juhwan, Sangjin, and Jinhyung

Yearbook Signing Assembly: 10:00 – 11:00

Dahun, Robin, Jonas, Lesaan, Seungyoub, Sophie, Willy, Sydney, Lennon, Juhwan, Taehyung, Chloe, Juhwan, Sangjin, and Jinhyung

Note: The bands will not be required to sound check for the full 45 minutes, so please do have the students pop back to clean their lockers, give back their locks, etc. This is not a problem.

Thanks for your understanding!




After Wednesday’s choir performance, you might be thinking, “Hrm… I like cookies… they sing cool songs… more boys are joining… I really like cookies…”

Well guess what? Next year we are singing “My Shot” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip hop “Hamilton,” complete with four rappers. Seriously. And Miss Keus plans on spending the summer researching the most delicious, nut-free cookies in the whole world. Seriously.

If you want to join, just show up the 2nd Friday next year. Or, email Miss Keus to get an early sneak-peak at the music.


DP Music Showcase

Our DP Music students need to perform a minimum of 20 minutes of live music per semester for their performance portfolio. They’ve played in assemblies, charity events, and the big music evening, but now it’s time for them to pick up their last remaining minutes of the year. They’ve got to show you, the audience, that they can play a variety of different music genres, with good technical skills, in the correct style of music, while communication their feelings and emotions.

Please come to M251 (the music ensemble room) to watch a short concert featuring Charlie, Jack, and Daniel.


Battle of the Bands!

It’s finally here! This year’s Battle of the Band! All three houses have worked hard this week and they are all polished and ready to go!

M251 (music ensemble room) @ 1 p.m.

See you there!

Interhouse Battle of the Bands!

The music rooms are filled with the sounds of the 70s! It’s disco, baby! All three houses have brought their A games and are busy working hard. Tomorrow (Friday) is the Battle-of-the-Bands concert, so make sure you save a spot in your calendars!

Music Interhouse

After a slow start, the three houses are now busy practicing for the interhouse Battle-of-the-Bands competition during Friday lunch. We’ve got a rock band, an orchestra, and an interesting (cool) surprise. Let’s see who becomes the Kings and Queens of Disco! (and who possibly changes the course for the house shield, so late in the game!)

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