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history

national secretaries / executive officers

1922-1927 - Cecil Pearson
1927-1937 - Leonie Bretagne
1937-1940 - Fred Poetzsch
1940-1961 - Lynette James
1961-1971 - Inga Heineberg (1)
1971-1972 - Renée Feldman
1972-1973 - Inga Heineberg (2)
1973-2003* - Noreen Currie
2003-2006 - Jaco van der Merwe
2007-2008 - Marian Lucouw
2009 - present - Elma Britz

* From 1999, the title of National Secretary was changed to Executive Officer.

The South African Society of Music Teachers grew out of a small association of music teachers formed in Cape Town in 1918. The first Annual General Council Meeting, as it was called, was held in October 1922.

Prime mover in the formation of the Society was Harry Garvin, a prominent teacher and all-round musician in Johannesburg. Mr Garvin had previously been one of the founders of The South African Union of Musicians and was president of that body during its lifetime from 1894 to 1907. He was also president of the South African Society of Music Teachers from its inception till the end of 1931.

On 26 November 1932 a licence was granted for The South African Society of Music Teachers to be constituted an Incorporated Society in terms of the Companies Act of 1926. The broad outlines of the constitution as it now exists were decided at the conference held one month later. Since then, the constitution has been reviewed or amended three times in its entirety, the first time during 1948-1949, the second time during 1964-66, and recently during 2001-2002.

Articles for the establishment and regulation of Institutional Centres came into operation in 1973, and all university music departments except UNISA had joined by 1975.

In 1931 there were seven local branches of the society, called Centres, and the General Council consisted of the President, four Vice-Presidents, and the Honorary General Secretary and Treasurer. There were 169 members all told. By 1946, when the Society celebrated its silver jubilee, there were 15 centres and the membership had more than doubled. By 1958 the membership had doubled again, and by 1986 it had passed the 900 mark.

Currently, the society has more than 800 members and consists of 8 ordinary centres and 33 institutional centres.

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presidents

1922 - Harry Garvin
1932 - Peter Cruse
1933 - Cyril Wright (1)
1934 - Wansbrough Poles (1)
1935 - Charles Hamer
1936 - Cyril Wright (2)
1937 - Wansbrough Poles (2)
1938 - Cyril Wright (3)
1939 - Grogan Caney
1940 - Harold Dyer

1941 - Lilian Willis
1942 - Owen Rorke (1)
1943 - Cyril Wright (4)
1944 - Wansbrough Poles (3)
1945 - Owen Rorke (2) [died 29 June]
1945 - Wansbrough Poles (4)
1946 - Cyril Wright (5)
1947 - Grace Powis
1948 - Michael Whiteman (1)
1949 - Eileen Manners (1)
1950 - Naomi Papé

1951 - James MacLachlan
1952 - David Cohen
1953 - Arnold Fulton
1954 - Fred Poetzsch
1955 - Muriel de Graaf
1956 - Petrus Lemmer
1957 - Gerrit Bon [resigned 30 April]
1957 - Michael Whiteman (2)
1958 - Margaret Hoskyn
1959 - Aida Lovell
1960 - Basil Taylor

1961 - Edna Stanton Fryer
1962 - Wansbrough Poles (5) [died 29 November]
1962 - Michael Whiteman (2)
1963 - Eileen Manners (2)
1964 - Mary Rousseau
1965 - Helen Pratsch
1966 - Japie Hugo (1)
1967 - Hofmeyr van der Merwe
1968 - Lucia Seale
1969 - Jacob Malan
1970 - Arthur Wegelin

1971 - Elizabeth Sivertson
1972 - Japie Hugo (2)
1973 - Myra Horn
1974 - Rosalind Liebman
1975 - Gerhard Koornhof (1)
1976 - Ivan Kilian
1977 - Reino Ottermann (1)
1978 - Enkie Ahlers
1979 - Barbara van Wijk
1980 - Diane Heller (1)

1981 - Hubert van der Spuy (1)
1982 - Virginia Fortescue
1983 - Reino Ottermann (2)
1984 - Douglas Reid
1985 - Maureen Rycroft
1986 - Hubert van der Spuy (2)
1987 - Rupert Mayr
1988 - Japie Human
1989 - Diane Heller (2)
1990 - Reino Ottermann (3)

1991 - Rosalie Conrad(1)
1992 - Barbara Surmon
1993 - Hubert van der Spuy (3)
1994 - Gerhard Koornhof (2)
1995 - Henk Temmingh
1996 - Carl van Wyk
1997 - Benita van Blerk
1998 - Helena van Heerden
1999/2000* - Leon Hartshorne

2001/2002 - Dawn Taljaard
2003/2004 - Marié Gaerdes
2005/2006 - Tim Radloff
2007/2008 - Hubert van der Spuy (4)
2009 - Helena van Heerden(2)
2010 - Rosalie Conrad(2)

2011 - Leon Hartshorne(2)
2012 - Jeffrey Brukman
2013 - Arisa Voges
2014 - John Roos
2015 - Marietjie Hesse
2016 - Vaughan Pietersen
2017 - Rosalie Conrad(3)
* From 1999 to 2009, the term of President was changed from 1 to 2 years.

Last updated: 20171102