Choir Performing

Middle School Honor Choir
March 9-13, 2022

Hosted by The American School of Madrid

The MAIS Honor Choir is open to singers in grades 6-8 exclusively, from MAIS member schools. It is for students who show excellence in singing and musicianship and who consistently display a high level of personal character and discipline. Previous years have included performances in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Rome, Lisbon, Casablanca, Trieste, and Tunis. Each school may bring 12 students; more may come depending on availability and upon request.

In November, each group receives the music that has been carefully selected by the choir conductor. Each choir practices the songs as individual groups until spring when the activity begins. Yearly, approximately 10 choir groups from various American international schools travel and convene to form a choir group.


Music teachers must integrate, organize and train the choir group. The students attend choir practices daily; they learn about the songs and their significance. The activity takes place over 4 days, during which the choir conductor, the accompanist, music teachers, and the choir, perfect signing in different languages, try out for solos, and coordinate dance movements for each song.


Students not only participate by singing they also play accompanying instruments. To ensure the kids also learn and experience the culture and history of the city they are visiting, cultural excursions are included. The group performs twice, once at the host school for the benefit of the student body and the main performance which is open to the public. All proceeds from the concert are donated on behalf of the MAIS Honor Choir to a charity chosen by the host school. The diversity of the songs combined with the diverse backgrounds of the children themselves who work hard to come together as a group makes for a unique and outstanding performance.

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Joy Edenfield, Festival Conductor; Choir and Orchestra Director, American School of Madrid
A former public school educator of 22 years, Will has spent the last 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use "fearless inquiry" to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future.

In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global "Changemakers in Education" by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 "Edupreneurs to Follow" by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. (Come on Antarctica!) He has also authored six books that have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and most recently Vancouver.

Will has two adult children, Tess and Tucker, and lives in rural New Jersey with his wife Wendy.

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Ed Aldcroft, Founder and Director of the Barcelona English Choir, MAIS Choir Accompanist

He founded the Barcelona English Choir in 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to practice and improve their English-language skills whilst also developing their singing voice. The choir is completely open-access, and it now comprises 230 people of all ages and over 20 different nationalities.