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Philip H Moore Music Competition

Philip H Moore Important dates for 2017

Category F DVD entries audition round close: 15 March 2017.
Entries A – E Close: Friday 21 April 2017
Round one: Tuesday 25 July 2017 (Jeppe High School for Girls)
Round two: Monday 14 August 2017 starting at 12:00 (Jeppe High School for Girls)
Gala event: Saturday 26 August 2017 15:00 for 15:30 at the Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria
Rules 2017pdf

Second Unisa National Voice Competition

The Unisa Music Foundation is proud to announce the long awaited Second Unisa National Voice Competition which
will take place from 8 to 15 July 2017.
The competition is being made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and additional support from Unisa. Similar to the recent national piano competition, this competition will consist of two categories: Jazz and Classical.
South African vocalists are invited to enter for the competition no later than 24 February 2017. Candidates must submit a DVD for the Qualifying Round and approximately 20 candidates will be invited to attend the live competition in the Z K Matthews Great Hall in Pretoria in July 2017.
The age limit is 30 years.
Classical vocalists must include an aria from the 17th or 18th centuries, two art songs of which one must be in German and an opera or concert aria on their DVD recording.
Jazz vocalists must include a jazz standard (medium or up-tempo swing) that includes a minimum of 2 choruses of improvisation, a Latin American or South African jazz standard that includes a minimum of 2 choruses of improvisation and a jazz ballad that includes one chorus of improvisation.
The main prize in each category is R70 000 with the runner-up in each category winning R40 000. Special prizes will also be awarded.
“South Africa is blessed with a huge number of talented vocalists. We hope to provide these promising young musicians with a platform to improve and hone their skills as performers. The prize money will also enable the winners to further their studies,” says Prof Karendra Devroop, Artistic Director of the Unisa National and International Music Competitions.
The previous Unisa National Voice Competition was presented in 2005 and Erica Eloff was the winner. She currently enjoys a prestigious international vocal career.
The rules, regulations and entry form are available from the Unisa Music Foundation. Contact Alet Venter (
or 012 429 3336) for more information.

SASMT Pretoria Ensemble Competition

PtaEnsembleComp The SASMT Pretoria Centre is proud to announce the first SASMT Pretoria Ensemble Competition which will be hosted in collaboration with Eduplex School.
Entries close: 15 June 2017
Round 1: 8 & 9 September 2017
Round 2: 10 September 2017
Venue: Eduplex School, Queenswood, Pretoria
The competition is aimed at developing young musicians through collaborative participation and by encouraging the enjoyment of performing with others. Participation is open to any school going learner up to, and including, the age of 19.
Ensembles will compete in four age categories:
  • 10 & under,
  • 13 & under,
  • 16 & under
  • and 19 & under
  • .
A video-clip of one of the works to be performed in the competition will be needed for pre-selection. A maximum of 12 ensembles will be chosen in each category to partake in the competition. Each ensemble has to perform a balanced programme of three pieces. All detail can be found in the Rules & Regulations.
Contact Gisela Scriba at for any enquiries.
Rules&Regulations 2017MS Word
Entry form 2017 MS Word

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National Youth Orchestra Programmes 2017

NYO Applications for the National Youth Orchestra Programmes 2017 are now open. In order to complete this application online you will need a working email address and your South African identity number, or, if you are an international applicant, your passport number. This year we have limited seats for candidates from Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. We look forward to receiving your application and hope to welcome you to our 2017 courses!


KZN Philharmonic & SASMT Young Performers 2017

KZN Phil
Playhouse Drama
Saturday 20 May 2017 @19:00
The KZN Philharmonic and the Durban Centre of the SASMT provide a platform for young KZN performers to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra, under the baton of Naum Rousine. Instrumental and vocal music students and scholars studying in KwaZulu-Natal are invited to apply.
Students who have performed in the KZN Philharmonic’s annual National Youth Concerto Festival are not eligible to offer the same instrument. Successful instrumentalists may be eligible for the KZN Philharmonic’s cadetship programme. Preference MAY be given to applicants who have not previously performed more than once in this concert. The age limit is 23 years for instrumentalists and 25 years for singers.
Applications to audition must be received by 24 March 2017.
No late entries will be considered.
Auditions will be held on Saturday 22 April 2017 in Room 503 at The Playhouse from 09h00. Entrants will be advised of the exact audition schedule at a later date. Entrants wishing to audition will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Successful applicants can apply for assistance with costs if necessary.

  • Work must be up to performance standard at the audition - preferably from memory.
  • Applicants must audition with the item they expect to perform, should they be selected.
  • The chosen work should not be longer than 10 minutes.
  • Vocal items MUST have orchestral accompaniment.
  • An accompanist MUST be provided by the applicant for the audition.
  • Selection will be subject to availability and cost of music and orchestral resources.
Fax: (031) 369 9403
P.O. Box 5353 Durban
SASMT: Durban Centre
116 Rif Road
Manor Gardens
Ros Conrad
Tel: 082 928 1924
See the link below for the the application form which is also available on the
KZN Philharmonic website:
Application form 2017 MS Word

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Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2017 and bursary competition

Wakkerstroom Music Festival celebrates classical music and art (2017).
All complete applications are to reach the organisers no later than Friday 17 February 2017
. The Wakkerstroom Music Festival is a Non-Profit Organisation and a Public Benefit Organisation. The aim of the WMF is to promote an awareness of Performing and visual Arts in rural communities and raise funds for a bi-annual Bursary Competition.
2017 Festival Dates: 17-21 March 2017
The hills will come alive with classical music for the seventh consecutive year in the picturesque town of Wakkerstroom over the long weekend of 17-21 March 2017.
The detailed program of recitals and further details of the festival and accommodation options will be available on the websites or from February 2017.
Ticket Booking Information:
Dates for the Pre-Bookings for the festival, will open a month before the festival, exact dates to be confirmed.

West Rand Music Festival 2017

This is an initiative founded on February 1st 1991. The West Rand Music Festival is under new management form 2012.
This is an Annual Music Festival held in May, from young to old participate.
2017 dates for the festival is 1 – 6 May 2017.
Together all musicians make beautiful music; this gift is combined with lots of fun and laughter.
Professional Adjudication takes place after each session, thereafter the prize giving ceremony is held where the participant’s certificates will be handed out.
Links to the publicity pages:

6th Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2017

Education Africa Please visit: to register.
The dates of the Festival are the 29th and 30th July 2017 at St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg.
As always I ask that you read the rules and regulations carefully as there are a few minor changes from the 2016 rules. In particular refer to the following:
• Composition competition: Entrance is Open to all composers from African countries
• Classical composer of the year: Felix Mendelssohn
• Change of venue: St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg
• If you require sponsorship to help you attend the festival please contact asap.
• Eligibility to win the best marimba band performance at the festival! See the new requirements on the website!
Fees have gone up for the first time since 2013!
Please note: there is a mystery prize for the first band to register and pay their registration fee!
Please take serious note of the closing dates and make sure that you register and pay your registration fee on time to ensure your participation in the festival. There is a limited number of institutions that we can accommodate over the festival.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require any further information or assistance.
Viva Marimba Playing!
We look forward to hearing from you all soon!
Joan Lithgow
Marimba Specialist and Director of the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival
Tel: +27 (0)11 685 7300
Fax: +27 (0)86 579 3735
Mobile SA: +27 (0)82 266 4229

master classes

Master classes with members of the casalQuartett and Dutch guitarist Han Jonkers.

Monday 23 January
15:30 – 17:45

A special opportunity to have master classes with members of the renowned and award-winning Swiss ensemble casalQuartett: Rachel Späth (violin), Markus Fleck (viola) and Andreas Fleck (cello), as well as guitarist Han Jonkers.

Limited spaces are available – book now to avoid disappointment! Fee is R250 for 45 minutes individual lesson – payable in cash directly to the artist.

Students who have attended the master class will receive a free ticket to the recital on Tuesday 24 January at 19:30 in the Miriam Makeba Concert Hall.

Enquiries and registration at the Unisa Music Foundation before Friday 20 January: Ms Alet Venter:
/ 012 429 3336.


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