Virtual Spring Celebration Announcement

On behalf of the MYP musicians from our G6-10 Band, Choir and Orchestra programmes, we are excited to share with you the creative work they have been busy producing this quarter. Throughout the distance learning journey and beyond, the students have been busy both creating and interpreting  expressive compositions that we cannot wait to share via a Virtual Spring Celebration! Your music student will receive a google form over the next 24 hours that they will use to add their final video recordings to the playlist.

Our Virtual Spring Celebration will go live on June 3rd.

Stay tuned for more information in next week’s Tin Tuc announcement! 

G12 Music Performance Website Goes Live Tonight

As part of the IB Diploma Music course, students are tasked to perform a final piece in front of a live audience. However, as a result of campus closures and social distancing, this year’s Grade 12 class took their performances online via a dedicated website. This evening their website went live. 

From classical to contemporary, the performances are the culmination of more than two years of hard work for these six talented musicians. 

Their teacher, Ms Colette A’Bear said, “I would like to take this opportunity to commend and congratulate this wonderful and eclectic group of young creatives for sharing their passion and enthusiasm of music both in the classroom and beyond. You will discover their musical output is varied in style and instrumentation. From a classical violinist to an R&B style producer, you will certainly find something in their work that will please your musical tastes.”

View their performances and creative folios online here.

About the Performers

My Anh:

My Anh aspires to be a self produced artist in the future. Recognizing the distinct lack of female producers, she’s keen to achieve her dream. The IB music course has pushed her to produce some of her first few originals. 

Menglin: 

Lin has played the violin and is in the school orchestra. She loves listening to classical music, especially music from the Baroque and romantic era. Special thanks to her violin teacher Mr Thang Do for helping her with her violin techniques and concept of musicality. 

Shay:

In middle school, Shay used to spend hours by himself tinkering around in Garageband. Nearly everything he made was terrible, but despite these failures, he enjoyed making music. That has never changed. The only difference between middle school and now is that he’s upgraded from Garageband to Ableton and now has a wonderful class to help him out. Shay predominately makes hip hop with a lot of electronic instruments.

Minh:

Minh likes music that he thinks is unique above all else. His main inspirations come from artists that don’t necessarily sound good but set themselves apart from everything else. He does tend to push a lot of noise into those pieces which some might think detract from the appeal but he hopes that through listening to them you understand that this is intentional and part of the statement he’s trying to convey.

Hai:

Hai is a singer who joined the School’s APAC Choir in 2016. His debut cover, Let Her Go, was voted among the top 3 best performances in 2018’s School Talent Show. Over the past five years at UNIS Hanoi, Thanh Hai has performed in countless events and shows. 

Joshua:

Joshua is a percussionist with a passion for music technology and everything related to music production. Throughout the IBDP Music course he has focused on developing his skills as a drummer as well as his knowledge in music production. His favourite genres to work with are a fusion of  Rock, Funk and Trap.

Grade 12 Final DP Music Solo Performance Folios

This will be the first in our series of upcoming Grade 12 DP Student Arts Events. We hope you will join us in celebrating their work!

DP Music provides an opportunity for young musicians to develop a deeper understanding and mastery of knowledge, theory and skills as performers, creators and listeners. Students roll up their sleeves and dig into 500+ years of Western Art Music as well as music from around the world, leading to greater understanding, more thoughtful performing and more creative composing.

The grade 12 DP Music students have worked extremely hard over the last two years and will be sharing their final folios through an online programme platform. We will be sharing the Google Site on April 24th to the UNIS community!
Please be sure to book the date, take time to watch our students performance, and share your appreciate of their efforts via our school’s social media communities.

MRISA Art Exchange is open for Application

What is the MRISA Arts exchange (MRISA AX)

Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA) carries out sports/arts exchange among 6 international schools in the region. The arts exchange is a fun-packed three-days of Arts workshop in music, dance, drama, and visual arts on March 18-22 at Vientiane International School in Laos.

What is expected of participants?

Selected participants will be involved in weekly after school workshops run by teachers and students January-March.

Selected participants will be in charge of creating and leading their very own workshop to present at the Art Exchange. 

Selected participants will be travelling to Vientiane International School in Laos to take workshops in their chosen discipline as well we exploratory workshops.

Selected participants will be staying with a hosted family in Laos.

* See video from last year’s exchange for a clearer understanding.

Who should apply

Students grade 6 -12 who have a passion for the arts and wish to dive deeper into a chosen discipline.

Students who are willing to collaborate with other students from MRISA schools.

Students who are responsible and respectful.

Students who are comfortable travelling to another country and be hosted by a family in Laos. Families need to be able to host future visiting students from MRISA or APAC events

Who will be selected

  • Only 20 students will  be able to attend
  • 5 for each discipline: Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts
  • Selection will be based available spaces application questions and  teacher recommendations.

How do you apply

Complete the application form  by November 22.

Come and speak to Ms Wise or Ms Graham.

Hanoi Band Evening

On October 25, students representing ensembles from HIS, Concordia, St. Paul’s, and UNIS Hanoi put all their skills and individual practice together to form an ensemble of 80 student musicians.  After two rehearsals the group performed.

Enjoy pictures and videos of the rehearsal and performance here. Highlights for students were meeting others who are excited to play and perform music, playing music and spending time with old friends, and of course a celebratory pizza dinner!

MSHS Band Concert

On Friday, October 25, Middle and High School Band and Orchestra students from Hanoi International School, Concordia International School, St. Paul International School and UNIS Hanoi will combine to put on a short performance in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre from 18:00-18:15.

The students have been preparing their parts at their respective schools and will come together on Friday afternoon to put all the parts together for the performance. No Tickets are needed to attend, but make sure to bring an ID or your UNIS ID Badge to enter the school.

This is the second year this event has happened and it is a wonderful way to bring students together through music. Come by to hear a short and FUN performance before enjoying your weekend!

Grade 12 Artists Look Locally At Art

Friday 6 September the G12 Visual Arts students took some time off-campus to visit the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum and the Manzi Galley.

The focus of the National Fine Arts Museum was to examine works from Vietnamese artists To Ngoc Van and Tran Van Can. Both of these artists have been the topic of critical investigation for two G12 artists, Annie and Tuan Minh, and these students had the opportunity to discuss the history and significance with their classmates.

Students also visited both Manzi galleries. The current exhibition, In Situ, is an exhibition of 6 artists, which was interesting for G12 artists to consider as they begin to prepare for their G12 exhibition (March 2020).

Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.

Who made my clothes? – The Fashion Revolution

Who made my clothes? was the theme of a grade 9 design trip to the Vietnam Fashion Revolution Exhibition at the Vietnam Women’s Museum. The exhibition highlights the working conditions and resources utilized to produce clothing. Joining the global movement, this show is Vietnam’s contribution to Fashion Revolution Week. We were lucky enough to be welcomed by one of the country coordinators, who spoke with students about fast fashion and its greater implications on our world. 

This trip is a launch into Grade 9’s final unit of the year considering SDGs 8 & 12.

“Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.” –https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/

Grade 9 Media class and Grade 11 DP Art also made the trip to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum to learn about Fashion Revolution. The art class explored the space and watched the films created by designers who care about the impact that the fashion industry has on our planet. The exhibition is on view until 28 April.