Cultural Convention Results and Expectations

Article by Amelie de Leon

After several challenging and suspenseful auditions, the waiting period has finally come to an end. ISM’s IASAS teams have released their final groups to travel, perform, and compete in March for the Cultural Convention, composed of IASAS Drama, Forensics and Debate, Art, Music, Band, and Dance. As they begin to plan and prepare, there remains a fair share of new and old faces to the many teams.

First-time delegate, freshman Jack C. lists the material he had to study for his IASAS Choir Audition: “A solo piece and 2 songs” he states. He had to practice to perfection, keeping in mind dynamics, projection, word pronunciation, and various other factors. However, in the audition: “The judges: Ms. Provencher and Ms. Grev, were very understanding and kind about it. I messed up a bit in some parts and they just told me to do it again. It was a really scary process. I thought I did so badly and wouldn’t get in!” he exclaimed.

Furthermore, junior Andrea L. discussed the long audition processes to get into IASAS Forensics. “We are all given a prompt word and two weeks to write a 2-3 minute speech that connects to the word in some shape or form. At the end of January, all of the events have a final tryout where everyone performs their final speeches on the topic that they want to use at IASAS to a panel of 6 judges. Afterwards, the “varsity” gets cut down to the final 3 who go to IASAS!” she discloses. We can see it is definitely a long process that requires patience and perseverance.

Freshman Ye jin J. discussed her experiences with the IASAS Music auditions: “When the judges watched me play, it was extremely nerve wracking. It was especially scary because they were recording everything, so every note had to be perfect.” she reveals.  When asked about her expectations for IASAS, she said that all members are “extremely skilled” and would do well in the performance with regular practice. To get into an IASAS team in freshman year is definitely an achievement and first-time delegates who experience their very first IASAS event are pressured to keep up with the more experienced delegates and produce the highest quality of their work.

Senior Mandy Q. has been involved in IASAS Dance ever since freshman year. She describes her experiences in IASAS Dance: “Our combined dance-drama performance during my sophomore year was definitely my most memorable experience with both the process and the performance. The team had become really close as we all created strong bonds with each other due to spending so much time together at rehearsals.” As you bond with your team from hours of rigorous practice, you become one big family.

However, it isn’t all fun and games. Several challenges came with the process: “During my junior year for IASAS, Yek decided to take a break after doing it for 20 years. The team was also mostly composed of new dancers as the previous year was mostly seniors who had already graduated. This made the process of conceptualising and choreographing a 20 minute dance really, really difficult and it was definitely a roller coaster ride,” she discloses. Although there are several setbacks in this process, the hard work will surely pay off. We can see that the delegates have different amounts of skill and knowledge, however with practice and dedication: there will be a positive outcome for all.