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High School Music

Performance is the name of the game in Concordia’s High School Music program. Our various ensembles allow students tremendous opportunity to perform within a group and fine-tune their musical talents. Our students also have the chance to travel to prominent schools around Asia to perform at auditioned APAC Music Festivals.

Choir

Singing Valentines!

Our Concordia Choirs delivered over 125 Singing Valentines during morning classes on Tuesday, February 14.

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Gospel Choir Concert

At 7 PM on Tuesday, February 28, our Concordia High School Choirs will be performing a themed concert of all Gospel music.


AMIS Trips

Concordia High School Musicians submitted audition recordings for the 2017 AMIS Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra festival season last October 2016

Band

Brazen Brass 5

On December 7, 2016, The HS Bands joined with the Brazen Brass 5 to perform an evening of Christmas music.

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AMIS Trip Luxembourg

Our instrumentalists will be traveling to Europe to the the International School of Luxembourg from March 15-20, 2017.

On Broadway!

An ensemble of ten, a three word theme, an original play, and four days of professional training with students from around the world.


2016-2017 Season

All Concerts

All APAC Festivals

Asia Pacific Activities Conference hosts band, choir and orchestra festivals each year, rotating host schools. Each school invites a professional, guest conductor for the weekend.

Choir: Shanghai American School Pudong hosted, David Esquire conductor, November, 17-19, 2016

Orchestra: Concordia hosted, Jonathan Mann conductor, November, 17-19, 2016

Band: Taejon Christian International School hosted, Dr. Jerry Luckhardt conductor, February, 23-25, 2017

All AMIS Festivals

The Association for Music in International Schools is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence at all levels of music education. Festivals are hosted every year at various international school locations. Concordia participates in band, choir, and string festivals throughout the year. Students audition and must be accepted in order to participate.

Choir: American Community School of Abu Dhabi, March 1-5, 2017

Band and Orchestra: International School of Luxembourg, March 15-19, 2017

NYC Tour with High School Ensembles

Musical Participation

High School Music Faculty

CHOIR - Meg Ideker (2006-present )

BAND - Rob Chapman (2007-present)

STRINGS - 2010-present Sara Preus

Curricular Ensembles & AP Music Theory

BANDS

Band for Beginners
Concert Band/Pep Band
Jazz Ensemble
Wind Ensemble

CHOIRS

Concordia Singers
Collegium Men’s Choir
Bel Canto Women’s Choir
Chamber Singers

STRINGS

Concert Strings
Chamber Strings

AP MUSIC THEORY

Fine Arts Curriculum

Co-Curricular Ensembles

Women’s Ensemble
Men’s Ensemble
Phoenix String Quartet - a select quartet that plays at concerts, at community events, and at special school functions.
Pit Orchestra for the Musical

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Membership & Advisors: Mr. Chapman, Mrs. Ideker, Ms. Preus

Criteria:

1. Must be in Grade 10, 11
2. Must have an overall GPA of 3.0 (and remain at 3.0 or higher)
3. Must have a 93% or higher in current music class (and remain at 93% or higher)
4. Must be in their second year (or more) of a high school curricular music ensemble. And must continue to be part of a curricular music ensemble next school year. (Curricular means a class/music ensemble that meets during the school day).
5. Must have at least 25 service hours.
6. Must have positive teacher character references - solicited by the Tri-M advisors.
7. Must be verified and approved by Concordia Administration.

Cabaret
An auditioned talent show - only 12 Acts
School Dances

Festival Hosts

2016 APAC Strings Jonathan Mann, Guest Conductor of Cardiff Sinfonietta (Wales) & Size Zero Opera (London) and Artistic Director of Music for Life Project (Thailand)

2015 APAC Band John Madden, Guests Conductor from Michigan State University, with Sergey Tyuteykin, Guest Soloist, principal trumpet with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

2014 APAC Choir, Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Guest Conductor from University of Michigan

2012 APAC Strings, Vince Gomez, Guest Conductor of Cabrillo College (CA)

2010 APAC Band, Dr. Robert Grechesky, Guest Conductor from Butler University

2009 APAC Choir, Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Guest Conductor from University of Michigan

2008 APAC Strings, Dr. Sandra Dackow, Guest Conductor from Hershey Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania)

2008 ACAMIS Fine Art Festival

  • Band: Dr. James Koerschen, Guest Conductor
  • Choir: David Puckett, Guest Conductor
  • Strings: Soon Hee Newbold, Guest Conductor


Musician of the Year

2005-2006 Jonathan Chow, Junior, Baritone & Cello
2006-2007 Jasen Tjahjadi, Freshman, Violin
2007-2008 Sara Parkinson, Junior, Soprano
2008-2009 Jennifer Hsu, Senior, Percussion
2009-2010 Yi Rang Park, Junior, Alto
2010-2011 Emily Parkinson, Senior, Soprano
2011-2012 Kevin Cao, Senior, Saxophone
2012-2013 Lily Ye, Senior, Violin
2013-2014 Katie Scheu, Senior, Chamber Singers-Alto, Wind Ensemble-French Horn
2014-2015 Hannah Foggin, Senior, Wind Ensemble-French Horn, Accompanist, Before School Choirs, Accompanist, Musical Pit Orchestra
2015-2016 Emma Larsen, Senior, Soprano

Past Highlights

2017 NYC Tour by Chamber Singers, Chamber Strings, Jazz Ensemble

2016 Brazen Brass 5, professional brass quintet from USA, conducted master classes with MS and HS bands and performed concerts with HS ensembles.

2016 Ezra Brown, renowned jazz saxophonist, visited and did master classes with MS and HS bands.

2016 Lycoming College Choir Visit and Workshop with Bel Canto and Ping He Choir

2015 Amanda Koopman, Mezzo Soprano, Professional Singer, Concordia Shanghai Alumni, workshop with Bel Canto Women’s Choir

2014 NYC Concert at Lincoln Center: Chamber Singers & Eric Whitacre

2013 Laurence Gargan, professional trumpeter, conducted master classes with MS and HS bands.

Commissions

2012 ‘Concordia’ by Rob Grice
Written for Concert Band in honor of Dr. James Koerschen Retirement

School Songs - History & Music

Fight Song
Alma Mater

Resources

Yamaha C3 Grand Piano
Kawaii Baby Grand
Yamaha Grand Piano G Series
Yamaha 5 octave Marimba
Yamaha Timpani - 4 sizes: 23”, 25”, 28”, 32”