BUSAN, South Korea – You might notice hundreds of young musical geniuses wandering around the city the next few days, as international school musicians and singers from around the world descend on Busan for Asia’s premiere youth musical event.
Busan International Foreign School has been granted the honor of hosting this year’s prestigious International Schools Choral Music Society Festivalâa week of workshops and performances culminating in the Gala Concert on Saturday February 23rd at the Busan Cultural Center.
The annual event will include performances from students around the world, and has this year been dubbed ‘MASSive.’
Along with the students, the program breaks out several heavy-hitters from the classical music genre and will feature newly commissioned work by Leeds University music head, Paul Barker, as well as a performance of the winning entry in The Jenkins Award for young composers âThe Hollow Men by the talented young tenor, John Hui. There will also be a performance by famed soprano, Josephine Stoppelenburg.
Showcasing Young Talent
The International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) was founded in Beijing in 2008 by Shane O’Shea, and in four short years has become the most prestigious, creative music society of its kind in Asia.
The first festival took place in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing and was attended by over 100 students from nine International Schools. Last year’s ISCMS festival, entitled Lumen, attracted more than 500 students and teachers from 26 International Schools –a testament to the increasing popularity of the event.
According to O’Shea the ISCMS Festival’s primary goal is to create an environment for promoting and nurturing the immense pool of talented young musical artists around the world.
The ISCMS Festival is only the first step in the development of a one stop Society where all music needs can be met, from Jazz to Pianists, from Choral to Orchestral and Composers to Rock, all collaborating in a unique and innovative way completely new to the Asia Pacific region.
Noted music educator and flutist Gerard Dutton agrees.
The focus is always on our young ISCMS students, who are constantly pushed towards excellence in what they are doing musically, said Dutton. They have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best practitioners and highly experienced musicians in the world.
This year’s festival is expected to exceed those in year’s past as world class musicians and composers, along with over 300 of the most talented students and singers from around Asia and the Middle East, gather for one week of musical performances Busan.
For O’Shea the event is yet another step in building a world-class event for students and music fans alike.
ISCMS is now a permanent fixture in the music calendar in this region and its developing reputation has seen schools from as far as France and the USA apply to participate in future festivals, said O’Shea. We continue to push forward, always having the student at the center of what we do in an attempt to offer them the best music education the world has to offer through engagement, experience and an unrivalled focus on delivering to our gifted and talented students whilst taking care of all others in the process.
Busan International Foreign School principle, Stephen Palmer, expressed great enthusiasm about the opportunity to host this year’s festival here in Busan.
ISCMS is one of the most respected events of its kind and it will be my pleasure to be able to welcome such a wealth of talented students to the city of Busan, said Palmer.
Everyone at BIFS is committed to providing a wonderful opportunity to all those involved.
MASSive Schedule 2013
09:00 Selection of Workshops with Distinguished Practitioner
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You can visit the ISCMS website at: www.iscms.net
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