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Cultural Convention Closures

Today we welcome 100+ visiting students for NIS’ Cultural Convention. Please note these closures /changes:

  • The music rooms are closed for practices during break, lunch, and after school.
  • All MSUS music classes are shifted to D208.
  • Korean Drumming is canceled
  • MSUS choir continues, but in Ms. Heidi’s classroom

Please be welcoming of our visiting students. If you see someone walking around with a name tag, looking slightly confused, please stop and help them with whatever they need. Thanks!

Music Room Notices

The music rooms will be closed this week during all breaks, lunches, and after school due to Cultural Convention preparations. An exception includes those students performing during the convention who need to finish preparing their pieces. Please have only those students (no groupies) present. Thanks.


Chinese Drumming Club

Some members of Chinese Drumming Club has been meeting every lunch hour this week (and will be next week) for the upcoming CNY performance. We’ve now put together a good orchestration. If you are still interested in joining, please join us at lunch today.

Talent Show

Last night the student council hosted a great talent showed filled with well-prepared, skillful performers.

Thanks yous were given last night, yes, but the unsung heroes of the night were the tech and backstage crews. The backstage area was calm under pressure, and the tech was spot-on.

A performer’s talent shines on stage because someone gives them a spotlight and hands them a mic. Thanks to Mr. Brown and our tech teams!


Chinese Drumming Club

We will have a Chinese drumming club practice today during lunch from 12:50 – 13:20. We will be working on the Chinese Dragon Dance, from Joe and Kay.

Student Missing Advisory

Dear advisory teachers,

Tomorrow we will have 55 students performing in the winter assembly. The students cannot attend advisory because they will be assembling their instruments, tuning, and getting into position.

  • Please bring your Veracross-accessed device to assembly and take note of whether your advisory students are on stage.
  • Students working tech may need to see their advisors first (I’m not sure of their protocols) because they will be backstage and thus you might not see them present.

Attached is a list of the students performing on stage (please see Sam Brown regarding tech crew).

Winter Assembly Performers

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.


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