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High School Music

Performance is the name of the game in Concordia’s High School Music program. Whether choral, band or strings, 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 annual auditioned APAC Music Festivals.

Singing Valentines!

Concordia's Choirs deliver over 125 Singing Valentine's during morning classes each year on Valentine's Day.

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Concerts Abound

Students wow community audiences in more than eight concerts during the school year, to rousing applause!

Choir, Band and Orchestra students learn from expert guest conductors from around the globe each year as part of the school's APAC affiliation.

Special Events and Opportunities

Master Classes

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

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Concordia High School Musicians submit audition recordings for AMIS Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra festival each season

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.


High School Music Faculty

BAND Rob Chapman–Since 2007
CHOIR Meg Ideker–Since 2006
STRINGS Sara Preus–Since 2010

Co-Curricular Ensembles

For students who wish to supplement their musical expression or for those whose schedule does not support a music class, the Music Fine Arts Faculty offer four early morning co-curricular ensembles. These are often open to the community of parents and friends as well:
  • Women’s Ensemble meets at 7 AM on Wednesdays from September to March
    • Performs on the December and March high school choir concerts.
    • This choir is open to any high school student, faculty member, parent or community member without audition.
  • Men's Ensemble meets at 7AM on Tuesdays from September to March
    • Performs on the December and March high school choir concerts.
    • This choir is open to any high school student, faculty member, parent or community member without audition.
  • Phoenix String Quartet – a select quartet that meets based on interest and performance requests. They play at concerts, community events and special school functions.
  • Pit Orchestra for the Musical (from February to April in preparation for the annual High School Spring Musical)

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

Tri-M Music Honor Society

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

Criteria:

  1. Must be in Grade 10 to join Tri-M Music Honor Society
  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 throughout their membership).
  4. Is not eligible until their second year (or more) enrolled in a high school music class or ensemble. The student must continue to be part of a curricular music ensemble during their membership in Tri-M.
  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.

Concordia Cabaret

  • Each year, Tri-M members host and participate in an auditioned talent show limited to only 12 acts. The Concordia community comes out to be entertained by a variety of quality acts.
  • Tri-M assists hosting high school dances as well.

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

APAC Festival Hosts

Checkout list of special guest conductors from the APAC and ACAMIS Fine Arts Festivals that have been held at Concordia beginning in 2008!

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

2016-2017
2015-2016 Emma Larsen, Senior, Soprano

2014-2015 Hannah Foggin, Senior, Wind Ensemble-French Horn, Accompanist, Before School Choirs, Accompanist, Musical Pit Orchestra

2013-2014 Katie Scheu, Senior, Chamber Singers-Alto, Wind Ensemble-French Horn

2012-2013 Lily Ye, Senior, Violin

2011-2012 Kevin Cao, Senior, Saxophone

2010-2011 Emily Parkinson, Senior, Soprano

2009-2010 Yi Rang Park, Junior, Alto

2008-2009 Jennifer Hsu, Senior, Percussion

2007-2008 Sara Parkinson, Junior, Soprano

2006-2007 Jasen Tjahjadi, Freshman, Violin

2005-2006 Jonathan Chow, Junior, Baritone & Cello

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”