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Performing Arts

SAS students have the opportunity to take band, orchestra, and, art, at all ages. Additionally, in middle school and high school students can take theater and choir (with the exception of Puxi Middle School) courses.

On the Pudong campus, students across all grade levels opt to participate in a dance after school activity culminating in two dance productions annually. All divisions take advantage of our beautiful performing arts facilities and students perform in musicals, assemblies, and dramatic shows throughout the school year.

High school students on both campuses are actively involved in dance and music performances through the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC). Additionally, our students host and travel to perform as part of the Association of Music in International Schools (AMIS) as well as the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA).

The performing arts programs take advantage of four black box theaters between the two campuses, an auditorium, two Performing Arts Centers, and dance studios.

Performing Arts Highlights


Arabian Musical Adventures

Shanghai_American_School_Students_in_DohaIn April 2016, 25 Shanghai American School students travelled to Doha, State of Qatar, for the Association of Music in International School's Band and Orchestra Festival at the American School of Doha. They were accompanied by their directors, Ms. Karolina Pek (Puxi), Mr. Phillip Green (Puxi), Mr. Andrew Melton (Pudong), and Mrs. Linda Hu (Pudong).

This highly selective festival requires students to submit prepared auditions of scales and pieces, and it is always an honor to gain acceptance into this festival. Highlights of the final performance were Overture to Candide (Bernstein/Grundman), Second Suite in F (Holst/Matthews), Andante Festivo (Sibelius), and Danzon No. 2 (Marquez).

Apart from long hours of making music, students were also able to experience the 'jewels' of Qatar. A definitive highlight included visiting the Islamic Arts Museum designed by I.M. Pei, which is designed to look like a woman in a burka. Students were able to visit the State Mosque (pictured below), which was a cultural experience getting to enter inside. Our female students had to wear a full covering in order to gain access, but it was well worth it as they were able to see the beautiful interior. We were also able to view the Doha Skyline on the Dhow Dinner Boat Cruise in the Corniche. On our last day, we went on a hair-raising adventure—Dune Bashing—where we travelled up and down dunes to reach the Inland Sea (with views to Saudi Arabia). Said Kevin Zheng, a grade 12 student and four-year AMIS veteran, "I think the Doha trip was special because it wasn't just about the music; we were able to connect with the local Islamic culture and that allowed us as students to think about the people there in a different way than we would usually do."


Karolina Pek, Music Teacher, Puxi campus

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