TAISM hosts annual Festival of Choirs
The 11th annual Festival of Choirs was hosted by The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) at the school’s Bosch Center for the Performing Arts recently. This year more than 200 high school students, representing 46 nationalities from 20 international schools, joined their voices in the two-day workshop.The crowning event of the Festival was the Grand Finale Concert, with hundreds of music lovers, proud teachers and parents in the audience.Held annually since 2004, this music festival has been an exceptional educational experience for students desiring an opportunity to sing in a traditional American choral setting with girls and boys singing in four harmonic voice parts — (SATB) soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Additionally, the festival has created opportunities for international schools from around the globe to collaborate in the development of their choral music programmes.
This year’s guest conductor was world-renowned Dr Anton Armstrong, conductor of the St Olaf Choir from St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. Prior to coming to Oman, he led a 17-day southeast national tour (USA) with his ensemble, and next week he will be conducting a choral festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Later this year he will guest conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
While his agenda is demanding, he expressed that coming to Oman, working with the students, and being part of the TAISM Festival of Choirs was a very special highlight for him.
During the weekend together, participants engaged in approximately 15 hours of rigorous rehearsals. In addition to polishing what they had practiced back at their own schools, the singers learned about endurance, voice care, and choral excellence. TAISM families hosted the visiting students in their homes, and organisers designed special ways for the students to connect with one another through ice-breakers, games,challenges and social events.