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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 ( joubeae@unisa.ac.za
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 gisela@scriba.co.za for any enquiries.
Rules&Regulations 2017MS Word
Entry form 2017 MS Word

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South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation: This Summer Course 2016.

NYO
The musicians range in age from 13 to 25 years, play an orchestral or wind band instrument (for Summer Course) and have a minimum grade 7 music level.
This Winter Course 2016 is for two symphony orchestras.
Summer Course in Johannesburg 8-17 December 2016: Winds and Strings
This Summer Course 2016 is for the National Youth Wind Orchestra and the National Youth String Orchestra.

auditions

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:
Email: tzulu@kznphil.org.za
Fax: (031) 369 9403
P.O. Box 5353 Durban
4000
SASMT: Durban Centre
116 Rif Road
Manor Gardens
Durban
4001
Email: rosjames5@gmail.com
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: www.kznphil.org.za
Application form 2017 MS Word

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festivals

Gauteng Chamber Music Festival 4-8 January 2017

GCMF
Primary School and High School children playing String Instruments
4-7 January 2017: Festival and workshops at Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool Pretoria.
8 January 2017: Concerts at Waterkloof NG Church in Dey Street.

Minimum playing standard required per age:
7-9 years old: Minimum Grade 2
10-11 years old: Minimum Grade 3
12-13 years old: Minimum Grade 4
14-16 years old: Minimum Grade 5
17-19 years old: Minimum Grade 6
Please forward to all your friends and teachers!.

West Rand Music Festival 2017

WestRandMF
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:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/WestRandMusicFestival/about/?tab=page_info
https://www.facebook.com/Music.al.Maters/

6th Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2017

Education Africa Please visit: www.internationalmarimbafestival.org 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 joan@educationafrica.org 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
joan@educationafrica.org
Tel: +27 (0)11 685 7300
Fax: +27 (0)86 579 3735
Mobile SA: +27 (0)82 266 4229
Website: www.educationafrica.org
www.internationalmarimbafestival.org

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