The Donald and Eloise Bosch Center for the Performing Arts

The Donald and Eloise Bosch Center for the Performing Arts at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) was inaugurated in a concert for parents, students, and honored guests on May 28, 2012. In addition to Mrs. Eloise Bosch and family members, H.E. Richard Schmierer, US Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, was present for the opening event which included performances by the High School Bands and Choirs. During that week, a series of performing arts events took place, celebrating the grand opening of the new center.

The Bosch Center for the Performing Arts was completed on the TAISM campus in Ghala. It includes over 4000 square meters of performance and audience space and seating for 522. The development of the school’s campus was designed to accommodate this spacious enhancement to the academic and activity programs.

The architect for the building was Navjit S Matharu, A+D Canada. Mr. Matharu has worked with the school since the implementation of its master plan in 2000. Major consultants included Schuler Shook Theater Planners and Lighting Designers and Threshold Acoustics, both located in the US. A major design component is the acoustical treatments and the center. Wenger Corporation from Minnesota, USA, was the designer of the acoustical shell and side panels. Tim Willson, former TAISM Music Teacher, served as the school’s Project Manager.

The Donald and Eloise Bosch Center for the Performing Arts

This Center is dedicated to Donald and Eloise Bosch – both of whom devoted their lives to the service of humankind. Fifty-seven years ago this extraordinary couple and their three children set foot on the shores of Oman. As they stepped off a small wooden boat and onto the beach, they entered a country little known to the outside world, and astonishingly different from the prosperous and dynamic nation that Oman has become. Neither compulsion nor the promise of financial reward inspired the Bosches’ journey. They came because they were obeying the essential moral challenge proclaimed by all the world’s great religions: to love one’s neighbor as oneself. 

We at TAISM recognize that life is full of challenges, and as the faculty, staff and students endeavor every day to live out the meaning of our motto, “Rise to the Challenge,” the lives of Donald and Eloise Bosch provide inspiration and elicit our admiration. Indeed, they epitomize the fulfillment of our motto. As one of only two surgeons in Oman in the 1950s, Dr. Bosch treated every ailment imaginable, from trachoma to tuberculosis, from malaria to malnutrition, occasionally seeing as many as 200 patients a day. To care for the sick and needy beyond Muscat, he traversed mountains along rough trails and crossed the desert plains of the interior to serve remote villages. And while Dr. Bosch was busy in his hospital, Eloise Bosch took upon herself the great challenge of teaching literacy, numeracy and health care to students of all ages. When the demands on her staff exceeded their capacity, she worked tirelessly to train teachers who could meet the growing needs of a people hungry for knowledge and skills to improve their lives in a rapidly changing world.

But the Bosches were more than a caring doctor and a committed educator. They demonstrated what it means to live a good life. In addition to their remarkable accomplishments in wardrooms and classrooms, we also celebrate their spirit of curiosity and passion for the arts. Throughout their lives, no subject – be it linguistics, anthropology, or natural science – was beyond their interest. Without formal academic training in conchology, they cataloged over a thousand types of seashells indigenous to Oman and South Arabia, including twenty species of shells new to science. True to form, they shared their impressive knowledge by authoring two books on the subject.  The Bosches also loved music, story-telling, drama, and dancing. Every weekend, they opened their home to people of any culture or nationality interested in learning the lively art of square-dancing. Treasured memories of those joyful evenings spent dancing under the stars remain vivid in the minds of all who were fortunate enough to have experienced the Bosches’ special brand of hospitality. 

The Bosches’ lives highlight the vital role that the arts play in human life and society. Art enhances our capacity to think, feel, and imagine. It knows no borders and recognizes only our shared humanity. The Bosch Center for the Performing Arts, named in honor of this remarkable couple, will enrich the lives of our students by deepening their appreciation for all forms of artistic expression, and will offer students new opportunities to develop and share their artistic abilities. It is our fervent hope that the Center will stand as a physical and spiritual celebration of all they achieved as human beings, and as an inspiration for future generations of students to meet life’s challenges, artistic and otherwise, as the Bosches did – with courage, compassion, enthusiasm and love. 

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