8 Sep 2017

MUSIC NEWS

Spotlight on Piano
On Tuesday 19th September SIS Music Department will be welcoming international piano virtuoso, Warren Lee, to work with our young musicians.  At 9.00am he will be conducting a masterclass with Ashley Lau (Y12), Grant Chen (Y12) and Reagan Lee (Y11).  Our other pianists and music students will be observing as he takes them through their pieces.

Following this, at 10.45am, Warren is giving a talk on Practice Technique, in which he applies scientific research to the area of music practice, introducing students to strategies to make their practice time more effective and learning more rapid.

Both sessions are open for parents to attend. If you have ever wondered what your child’s practice SHOULD sound like, the talk will be of particular interest. Both sessions are in the School Hall.

MusicFest Auditions
MusicFest Auditions start on Monday 11th September and last for two weeks.  Each house has two lunchtime and two morning break audition sessions.  The schedule for each house can be found on the iSAMS bulletins, in a recent email and on the noticeboards in the Music Department.  If you want to audition, please make sure you check your times. At the end of these two weeks, the House Captains will decide their chosen acts for the finals on 26th October.  Good luck to all our entrants!

Daniel Lawton Scholarship
This annual award recognizes the achievements of one of our wind players. Students audition and are interviewed on their musical commitment to help the judges select the student who demonstrates the greatest potential.  We are delighted to announce that the 2017 scholarship has been awarded to Roisin Byrne in Year 12.  Roisin is a clarinetist, double bass player, an IB Music student and she has also been a loyal member of SIS’s Sinfonia and Wind Band since she arrived in Year 7.  Well done, Roisin, very well deserved!

Final Call for Ensembles
Although activities have already started, if there are any students who would have liked to join Sinfonia (Friday 1.30, D62) or Vocal Academy (Tuesday, 8.15, D61), they can still register by emailing me on djones@sis.edu.hk.  Chamber Choir and Stage Band are now full, sorry.

Debra Jones
Director of Performance / Head of Music