Music

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Getting into Music at Seoul International School

Welcome to SIS! We are glad that you are joining our school community. Here is some information about our music ensembles and how to become a musician at SIS.

Meet our Staff:
Michael W. Ganus, Band Director and Head of Fine Arts Department
Julia Kim, Strings Director and Suzuki Program
Whitney Meininger, Choral Director and Curriculum Chair
H. J. Park, Elementary Music Specialist

Grades SK-5: General Music Class: Students in grades take music class in four-day specials rotation. All students learn singing in tune, note reading, and playing class instruments. Gr. 3 students start recorders. Gr. 5 students perform both the Winter and the Spring Concerts.

ES Music Electives: These take place during one of the two daily recess times and will meet on a regular schedule.

Suzuki Strings: We have a full Suzuki program for students in our elementary school (SK-5) who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Admission is open to all after an evaluation by Ms. Kim or Dr. Park in August. Please contact Dr. Park (violins) or Ms. Kim(cellos, violas, basses) for audition repertoire information. We have a Suzuki Concert in both the Fall and the Spring semesters. An instrument is required to join the Suzuki Program.

Primary Choir: Students in grades 1-3 may participate in our primary Choir. This group meets twice each week during afternoon recess with either Dr. Park or Ms. Meininger. Primary Choir students perform in our ES Winter and Spring concerts. Any student who is interested may attend.

Junior Choir: Students in grades 4 & 5 may participate in our Junior Choir. Junior Choir meets 2-3 times each week, after lunch, with Ms. Meininger. Junior Choir will perform in our ES Winter and Spring concerts. Any student who is interested may enroll.

ES Band: Students who are interested in playing a band instrument may join our ES Band with Mr. Ganus. The Fall Semester is devoted to students who will be brand new to Brass Instruments like trumpet or trombone. Students who play woodwinds or percussion will join in the Spring Semester. The brass class will perform at the Fall Concert and all band members will perform in the Spring Semester. Trumpets and Trombones will be supplied for the 4th and 5th grade years only. Woodwind instruments are not supplied.

SIS Middle School Music Electives

Grade 6

Strings: String players who have played at least 1-2 years on a string instrument (with exception on bass- bass player may be a beginner) may join our Prelude Strings class in Grade 6. Students should schedule an evaluation (any piece that has been worked on recently) with Ms. Kim before joining this class. Prelude Strings will perform in both the Fall and Spring semester concerts.

Choir: Students with a desire to sing may join our Prelude Choir with Ms. Meininger. Enrolment is open to any student who has a desire to sing fun songs and learn to make music with their voice. Prelude Choir will perform in both the Fall and Spring semester concerts.

Band: Students who play band instruments may join our Prelude Band with Mr. Ganus. Whether you have played your instrument for 3 months or 3 years this class is for you. You should have your own instrument before registering for this class. Prelude Band will perform in both the Fall and Spring semester concerts.

Grades 7 & 8

Strings: The Opus Strings class is for established string players in grades 7 & 8 who have played at least 2-3 years on a string instrument (with exception on bass- bass player may be a beginner).Students should schedule an evaluation (any piece that has been worked on recently) with Ms. Kim before joining this class. Opus Strings meets as a regular class and will perform in both the Fall and Spring semester concerts.

Choir: Opus Choir is an open enrolment ensemble taught by Ms. Meininger. Any student with a strong desire to sing and make music with their voice is encouraged to enroll. Opus Choir meets as a regular class and will perform in both the Fall and Spring semester concerts.

Band: Opus Band class is for established instrumentalists who are interested in developing their skills. Students should have at least 1 year of experience on their instrument to join this ensemble. Large instruments are provided as available. Opus Band meets as a regular class and will perform in both the Fall and Spring semester concerts.

Orchestra: Coda Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble for instrumentalists in grades 7 & 8. New students to SIS should schedule an audition with either Ms. Kim (strings) or Mr. Ganus (winds & percussion) at the start of the school year (any piece that has been worked on recently) The Coda Orchestra meets as a regular class and has high expectations for all of its members. In addition, this ensemble will compete in the KAIAC Strings Festival in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

SIS High School Music Electives

NON-AUDITIONED

Strings: The High School Strings class is for established (at least 4 years of experience) string players in grades 9-12. Students should schedule an evaluation with Ms. Kim before joining this class (any piece that has been worked on recently) .HS Strings meets as a regular class during the school day and will perform at both the Fall and Winter high school concerts.

Concert Choir: The SIS Concert Choir is an open enrollment ensemble for students who wish to be a part of a performing choral ensemble. Although no audition is required, Ms Meininger will do a vocal evaluation for voice placement. Concert Choir meets as a regular class during the school day and will perform at both the Fall and Winter high school concerts.

Band: The SIS High School Band is for established instrumentalists who have at least 1 year of experience on their instrument. New students are encouraged to contact Mr. Ganus with any questions. Large instruments are provided, as available. HS Band meets as a regular class during the school day and will perform at both the Fall and Winter high school concerts. In addition, this ensemble will compete in the KAIAC Band Festival in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

Ladies Choir: Ladies Choir is an after school class that meets every Monday from 3:15-5:00. One-half course credit is given for this class. The Ladies Choir is a strong vocal ensemble that sings a lot of frilly songs. Students who wish to join Ladies Choir should contact Ms. Meininger for an evaluation. There is a year long commitment to join Ladies Choir. This choir will perform at both the Fall and Winter concerts.

AUDITIONED ENSEMBLES
Jazz Band: The SIS Jazz Band is an auditioned ensemble. New students who wish to study jazz and play saxophone, brass, percussion, piano or guitar (bass or electric) should contact Mr. Ganus for an audition. Jazz Band meets as a regular class during the school day and will perform at both the Fall and Winter high school concerts.

Ambassadors Choir: The SIS Ambassadors Choir is an auditioned ensemble. New students who wish to be a part of this select ensemble should contact Ms. Meininger for an audition. Ambassadors meets as a regular class during the school day and will perform at both the Fall and Winter high school concerts. In addition, this ensemble will compete in the KAIAC Choir Festival in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

Orchestra: The SIS High School Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble that meets every Monday from 3:15-5:00pm. One-half course credit is given for participation in this ensemble. Students who wish to join HS Orchestra should prepare audition music for the second week of school. The audition music is available on the HSO Website (www.siskorea.org/music →Strings/Band →HS Orchestra). The first week of school there will be sign up sheets posted on the Band and Strings Room doors for auditions that will be held in the second week of school. New students with questions about auditioning for Orchestra should contact Mr. Ganus (winds/percussion) or Ms. Kim (strings). There is a year-long commitment to join HS Orchestra. This ensemble will perform at both the Fall and Winter concerts as well as the annual KAIAC Strings Festival.

For any questions, please contact the directors:

Michael Ganus – Head of Music Department/Band Director (ganusm@siskorea.org)

Julia Kim – Director of Suzuki Strings/ Prelude, Opus Strings and Coda Orchestra/ HS Strings and HS Orchestra (kimj@siskorea.org)

HJ Park – General Music, Director of Suzuki violin and Primary Choir (parkhj@siskorea.org)

Whitney Meininger – Choir Director (meiningerw@siskorea.org)