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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.
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
Nat Youth Music To enter, please visit to obtain the 2017 rules brochure and entry form. All entries must be submitted online.

workshops / courses / conferences / lectures

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!

Grappelli-Django Gypsy Jazz Camp with Tim Kliphuis (Cape Town)

Tim Kliphuis, one of the modern masters of the jazz violin from Holland, is back in Cape Town in March and putting on another weekend of gypsy jazz workshops in the southern suburbs teaching improvisation for strings!
3 - 5 March 2017
Rondebosch Boys High
Part-time participation is possible. The workshops are aimed at those 14 years and up with about a minimum grade 4 skill level. Beginners to jazz and/or improvisation are welcome!
More details and how to sign-up in the event below:

The Orff Schulwerk Society of South Africa - Johannesburg

4 March 2017
The AGM and a 'Show Orff' workshop to kickstart your year!
Kickstart your teaching year with ideas from our next workshop.
Penny Jackson, Anthea Robinson, Sasha Sonnbichler and George Potgieter will be sharing lesson plans and teaching experiences from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our AGM will be held during the tea break, and we hope to get your feedback and ideas on how we can keep improving what we do as a society and as representatives of the Orff Schulwerk Approach.
Venue: St Peter’s Boys Prep School
105 Witkoppen Rd, Paulshof
Time: 8:30 (registration) 9:00 - 13:00 (AGM and workshop)
Cost: R300 (non-members) R250 (members) R150 (students) Membership Renewal: R250
Programme: Suitable for teachers of children from foundation phase, primary school and high school. All printed notes will be included in the cost.
Contact: Penny Jackson - 076 781 2070 for booking

Orff Schulwerk Society of SA - Level 1 course in Cape Town

The will be presenting the first ever this year! Our South African presenters have all graduated from the San Francisco Levels courses and are skilled and knowledgeable teachers in South African schools. They are:
  • Janice Evans - BMus (Hons) Wits, SF Levels 1-3, SA Levels 1-2
  • Adeyemi Oladiran - Nat. Certification in Ed. (Nigeria), BA Musicology (Hons), SF Levels 1-3
  • Hastings Nyirenda - SF Levels 1-3, SF Jazz Course, JYOC Teacher Training Diploma
And assisted by:
  • Gail Levitt - BA (Mus) HDE, SF Level 1
  • Tersia Harley - BA (Mus) HDE, SF 1-2
  • Charnell King - BA (Mus)
Gerard Van de Geer from Australia will be assisting and is offering opportunities for marimba workshops at schools in Cape Town and Johannesburg during the week after Level 1 at R500 per hour session. (See below for dates and booking info.)
The course material will provide you with insight into Carl Orff’s teaching philosophy including Basic Orff, Movement and Dance, Vocal and Recorder. Gumboot dancing and marimbas will be included as well.
Date: 17 – 21 July 2017 (last week of the July holidays)
Venue: St Cyprian’s School,
Gorge Rd, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Times: 8.30am – 6.00pm daily (36 hours)
Wednesday, the 19th July, will go until 7:30pm for a performance and supper.
Lunch and refreshments included
Fee: R3000 for teachers, and R1500 for students
Early Bird Special – R2700 by end of February
Instalment Plan in Place – 3 X R1000 by end of May
3 or more teachers from one school – less 10%
We are offering free places to 5 people; if you’d like to apply, please send a motivating letter
Closing Date for applications: 30 June 2017.
Gerard Van de Geer: Cape Town - 24 and 25 July
JHB - 27 and 28 July

For more information contact Miriam Schiff on 083 225 6532 or

UP enrichment course

This year’s Enrichment Course will take place at the Musaion, UP Campus on
Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of August
as part of the newly founded UPYMF -University of Pretoria.Youth Music Festival - which is scheduled to run from 14 to 19 August.

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Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2017 and bursary competition

Wakkerstroom Music Festival celebrates classical music and art (2017).
All complete applications were to have reached 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

Raffaele Trevisani

Wêreldberoemde fluitspeler Raffaele Trevisani is op toer deur Suid-Afrika en gee meesterklasse op 7 & 8 Maart 2017 by die Hugo Lambrechts ouditorium in Parow.
For more information contact Louise Howlett at or 084 6821337

Meesterklasse by UP - kamermusiek en pianiste

Addisionele meesterklasse vir gevorderde kamermusiekgroepe en pianiste (van GrVIII standaard opwaarts) op Woensdag 16 Aug en Donderdag 17 Aug.
We are in the process of negotiating with one or two well- known musicians from afar to join us with their expertise as tutors.


Nasionale Jeugorkes

Rig julle talentvolle studente af wat orkesinstrumente bespeel? Moedig hulle aan om te oudisie vir die Nasionale Jeug Orkes hierdie jaar!

Oudisies vind as volg plaas:
Johannesburg: 24 Februarie en 10 Maart 2017SANYO
Pretoria: 27 Februarie en 11 Maart 2017
Bloemfontein: 13 Maart 2017
Kaapstad: 1 en 2 Maart 2017
Durban: 4 Maart 2017
Port Elizabeth: 6 en 7 Maart 2017
Potchefstroom: 14 Maart 2017
Stellenbosch: 2 Maart 2017

Vir meer inligting besoek:

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.

Please note the following requirements:
  • 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.
Address applications to: KZN Philharmonic:
Fax: (031) 369 9403
P.O. Box 5353 Durban
SASMT: Durban Centre
116 Rif Road
Manor Gardens
For further information contact: 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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