Among the other attributes FIS inspires young individuals to develop is their creativity.
Thriving string orchestra, choir and band programs are at the center of the school’s musical life, and various levels in each program ensure that students are able to learn at a level appropriate for their development.
Drama and dance productions are a long-standing tradition at FIS, too. Upper School students have a number of performance options each year, perhaps in the form of a musical, comedy, Greek tragedy, Shakespeare text or one-act play.
More details about the Performing Arts as part of students' class schedules can be found below, or by grade within our Courses and Descriptions section.
For students in Grades 9-12, the school offers a Senior Concert Band. In Grades 6 and 7 students can participate in the Junior Concert Band, and in Grade 8 they prepare to join the Senior Concert Band, joining them for the concert performances in the Oberursel Stadthalle. In addition to the main bands, smaller ensembles and solo performance opportunities are also offered at concerts.
In addition to the school's main bands, FIS has a Jazz Band which meets once a week after school.
Honor Band Festivals
FIS offers band students the opportunity to audition for AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools) band festivals for both Grade 7-8 (Middle School) and Grade 9-12 (High School) Honor Band. Students audition for the honor bands at the beginning of the school year. Successful students attend the festivals, where they work for three days to prepare a final concert performance of challenging pieces. Recent Honor Band festivals have taken place in places such as London, Paris, Singapore, Berlin, The Hague, Vienna, Dubai, Doha and Luxembourg.
Private lessons on band instruments as well as others are offered after school in the purpose-built music practice rooms in the Performing Arts area.
For more information about bands in the FIS Upper School, please contact Jan Dettlaff.
There are many singing opportunities for students at FIS. Upper School Choir opportunities include:
- Grade 6 Choir Class
- Grade 7 Choir Class
- Grade 8 Choir Class
- Grade 9-12 Concert Choir
- FIS Singers, a grade 9-12 auditioned after-school vocal ensemble
In addition to the choir classes and auditioned after-school choirs, ensemble and solo opportunities are also available for singers at various concerts.
FIS choir participants not only have the opportunity to show their singing talents at school events, but they also achieve great success in the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Honor Choir programs. FIS choir members may audition each year for participation in the International High School Honor Choir Festival, International Honor Boys’ Choir Festival and the International Honor Girls’ Choir Festival and successful students travel to the festivals in cities around the world for three days of intensive rehearsal together with students from other international schools, followed by a gala concert.
For more information about choirs in the FIS Upper School, please contact Debra Damron.
FIS offers a number of opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular drama and dance activities outside of the regular curriculum.Drama and Dance
A number of extra-curricular performances and productions are staged each year, including musicals, dramas, evenings of dance, one-act plays and more. These opportunities are open to students in Grades 6-8 or Grades 9-12, and occasionally Grades 6-12.
Past productions have included Oliver!, The Odyssey, Arabian Nights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wicked Lady and less-familiar, or experimental plays. Rehearsals for all productions are after school and at weekends in the auditorium and in the drama/dance studios.
FIS is a member of the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), which runs Drama festivals for students in all grades. We attend a Grade 6-8 festival and a Grade 9-12 festival every year, and students can sign up for these events. Every few years FIS hosts an ISTA Festival, and the whole community becomes involved in this exciting event.
Dance at FIS is taught within the curriculum from Grades 8-12. As part of the Drama program, all Grade 8 students are exposed to dance elements, which include choreographic activities, basic techniques and shared performances. In Grade 9, Dance is offered as an elective subject. The course is a comprehensive one and includes guest tutors and performances alongside regular dance. A Dance option is also offered to Grade 10-12 students as an extension to the Grade 9 program.
At FIS each student has an opportunity to participate in an orchestra.FIS Grade 6-8 Chamber Orchestra and Grade 9-12 Chamber Orchestra
The FIS Chamber Orchestras are the Upper School's string orchestras. All Grade 6-12 players of violin, viola, cello and double bass are welcome to take part, regardless of their previous experience. Rehearsals take place once a week after school. In the fall, students generally begin preparing a program of classical and baroque selections for the December choir and orchestra concert, while the spring is devoted mostly to lighter selections.
FIS Grade 6-8 Honor Strings and Grade 9-12 Honor Strings
For advanced string players, the Upper School offers FIS Honor Strings groups. These select groups of students perform challenging chamber orchestra works in their original versions at FIS and in the community, and also accompany the choir for the December concert.
AMIS International Schools’ Honor Orchestra Festival
Every October FIS string students are invited to audition for the AMIS International Schools’ Honor Orchestra Festivals, which take place in various cities throughout Europe and Asia.
For more information about strings at FIS, please contact Julie Borsodi.