ACAMIS Arts Conference
March 16-17, 2024
Suzhou Singapore International School
Theme: Connect – Learn, Share, and Create Together

The purpose of this conference is to build connections with other teachers and forge stronger relationships between schools and art communities. Our conference also strives to create space for educators to share best practices. With this in mind, we would like workshops and presentations that support the conference goal: Connect – Learn, Share, and Create Together.

Keynote Presenters


Rob Ross

Current School/Work Place

Tianjin Juilliard School


Assistant Dean for Preparatory Education, Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies, Chief Program Officer

Rob’s 25-year career in arts administration has centered around the creation and management of music education programs.
In 2019, Rob moved to China to establish the Tianjin Juilliard School, the only branch campus of NYC’s Juilliard. At TJS Rob oversees the school’s non-degree programs, including its Pre-College (Saturday program for talented students ages 8-18), Public Education (programs that connect with music learners of all ages and levels throughout China), and Continuing Education (upskilling and training programs for music educators and professional musicians).
Previously, Rob held several positions at The Juilliard School in New York, where he managed the various youth music programs as Assistant Dean for Preparatory Education and concurrently oversaw Juilliard’s Summer Percussion Seminar and the bi-annual Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies. Rob also served as Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies for Juilliard’s college division, working closely with Maestro Alan Gilbert in developing the educational and artistic curriculum for the 350 students enrolled in the Juilliard Orchestra.
Rob’s musical background is rooted in percussion and its many forms – from rock, Latin and jazz to marching band drumlines, theater pits, and classical orchestras. His training and formative experiences as a music student and performer have shaped the course of his career and fueled his passion for music education.

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Host School

SSIS is Suzhou’s oldest and largest international school. We are a fully authorized IB World School offering a continuous IB curriculum. Our challenging core curriculum is focused on an international mindset to cultivate global citizens and life-long learners. Every day our 1100+ students (from 50 different nationalities) are challenged to actively participate in their education.

At SSIS, purposeful and meaningful learning takes place in an inclusive and safe environment with competence, compassion, and a range of individual and collaborative experiences. Students learn how to learn and are appropriately challenged to think critically and creatively, use their voice with confidence, take action, and embrace opportunities for growth.

Mr. Samer Khouri

Head of school

Suzhou Singapore International School

208 Zhong Nan Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China 215021

+86 512 6258 0388

Planning Committee Team