Dear APAC Choir Participants,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Asia Division APAC Choir Festival.  This event has been designed to provide you with a unique, enriching experience, stretching you to learn and grow as individuals, performers and as part of the larger six school ensemble.

We also hope that throughout your three days at our school, you will engage fully in the opportunity to make connections and form new friendships with the other participants, enjoy the hospitality of the UNIS Hanoi community and gain a glimpse into our host city, Hanoi.

We look forward to hosting you at UNIS Hanoi and celebrating the creativity, talent, and commitment of you, our participants. I know our community joins me in looking forward to sharing this experience with you.

Jane McGee
Head of School


Dear APAC Choir Participants,

Welcome to the United Nations International School of Hanoi! It is a pleasure to host festivals such as this as it gives students the chance to travel, collaborate and make new friends from around the world. The schools in APAC value students’ musical skills so much that we are all willing to give students and directors days away from class! I encourage you to make the most of this special opportunity both on the stage and off of it.

We are all extremely fortunate to participate in a festival with such a diverse and international population. My hope is that your participation will awaken your imagination and open your mind to the power of arts as a bridge between cultures.

Please enjoy your time here in Hanoi. Give it your all on the stage and be sure to thank your directors and other people behind the scenes who help make festivals like this possible.

Good luck!
Scott Schaffner
High School Principal


Tarique Al-lesaDear APAC Choir Participants,

It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of the entire UNIS Hanoi community, I welcome you to the 2018 APAC Choir Festival. Our activities department team, staff and parents have worked extremely hard to make sure this is a memorable APAC experience for all involved.  I appreciate and applaud their efforts. I would like to emphasize that the goal of each APAC festival is to nurture the talents of our young vocalists, hone their skills and instill self-confidence in the specific areas of expertise as well as to develop their interest and appreciation of arts. We hope the festival will encourage social interaction as students work collaboratively to prepare ensemble presentations. The entire UNIS Hanoi community is eagerly anticipating the final performance where all participating students and directors will showcase their collaborative efforts.

I would like to wish everyone a successful and enjoyable festival, but also emphasize that the opportunity to collaborate with your peers, the friendships you will develop, and the cultural experiences are what make these festivals so very special.  Please represent with pride your school, parents, community, and host country.

We hope that the festival website will answer most of your questions.  If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask me or any other member of the UNIS Hanoi School community.

Have a great festival!
Tarique AL-Iesa
Director of Activities