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A Note from the Music Department

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Juilliard Visit

This week saw our second visit of the year from Jessica Meyer our Juilliard curriculum specialist. Jessica wowed and inspired students at Madinat Khalifa with her viola playing, performing some of her own compositions and in a question and answer session she hopefully helped our budding young composers. The music staff were given professional development with Jessica teaching classes demonstrating the Juilliard approach to teaching and learning. Parents came along to workshops and took part in activities getting to see at first hand the Juilliard approach. We look forward to seeing Jessica again in April for her final visit of the school year.

March 8 and 9, 2017 will see our second Juilliard visiting artists coming to Doha. This time we are lucky enough to get two artists. Dr. Benal Tanrisever Simsek, a concert pianist and Abby Gerdts, an actress, writer and teaching artist, will visit the three campuses over two days performing for students and running workshops. More details closer to the time.

Nord Anglia Music Exposition, Dubai (NAMED)

It is not too late to sign your child up for the Nord Anglia Music Exposition, Dubai (NAMED) on 11 and 12 May 2017.  This really exciting initiative will bring together students from across the Nord Anglia Schools in Gulf for a musical adventure.

The cost of the trip to Dubai has been subsidized by the school in order to keep the cost as low as possible and will be 1,120QAR per person.

The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Group travel insurance

We will leave for the airport on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, departing from school at the end of the school day with food being provided on arrival at the hotel. There will be a full day of rehearsals on Thursday with breakfast, lunch and evening meal provided at The Nord Anglia International School, Dubai.

Friday will follow a similar schedule to Thursday culminating with a performance at 16:00 that parents and friends are very welcome to attend. We will leave straight for the airport at the end of the performance arriving back in Doha at approximately 21.30 (times to be confirmed by airline).

Students must have a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months from date of travel). If a visa is required, please make arrangements for this in good time. The school cannot be responsible for visa applications or any fees related to passports or visas. Please contact your embassy or consulate if in doubt. If a student is refused permission to board the plane for Dubai for any reason, the school will not refund the cost of the trip.

If you would like your child to take part in this fantastic opportunity please pay the non-refundable deposit of 500 QAR to the school finance office by Thursday, 2 March 2017. Students wanting to join the trip will be required to attend all rehearsals and ensure that all school work is up to date prior to the trip. Please do not hesitate to contact me at alison.porter@nais.qa should you require more details.

Diary Dates

Saturday, 4 March – Spring Fair. The school choirs will be performing as will the funk band and various solo artists.

Monday, 3 April 18:00 – Variety Evening (Please note the change in date from last week)

With kindest regards,

Alison Porter
Head of Music