Taipei American School participates in the yearly IASAS Music/Art Cultural Convention in March. Representatives perform in the area of Band, Strings, Vocal, and Piano. To try out for IASAS Music students must be enrolled in a TAS music course. Interested students should speak to their music teacher. Tryout information is announced through music classes and posted on the music bulletin board in September.
In 2016, Professor Richard Gill, the Education Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, former Director of the Victorian Opera and West Australian Conservatorium, and Chorus Master of Opera Australia, conducted the Mozart Requiem. Mr. Gill served as the the Joanna Nichols Performing Artist in Residence for five years; his final performance with TAS took place in the spring of 2018.
A chorus and orchestra of nearly 200 musicians – comprised of TAS students, faculty, parents, community members, and performers from the Sun Taipei Philharmonic – delivered selections from the piece under Mr. Gill’s expert direction. Following months of instruction led by several TAS music teachers, Mr. Gill led the final practices in preparation for the big night. The hard work paid off, and the performance was met with a standing ovation.