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Philip Moore competition

Attached are the 2016 Rules and Entry Form. Please ensure that your entries are in by the stipulated date.
important dates for 2016:
Entries closed on Friday 22 april 2016
round one commences: Monday 18 july 2016 for category F and Monday 25 july 2016 for the other categories round two: Wednesday 10 august 2016
final / gala round: Saturday 27 August 2016: Brooklyn Theatre: 15:00 for 15:30 – tickets can be bought online or at the Theatre

Entry Form 2016pdf
Rules 2016pdf

Eastern Cape: Mini Maestro’s Music Competition

Entries for the SASMT Mini Maestro Music Competition are now open! the closing date was 4 May 2016.
The regional branch of the SASMT (South African Society of Music Teachers) will be hosting their annual Music Competition, at 9:00 in the Frans Conradie school hall, Despatch, on 4 June 2016.
The competition is made possible through the generous sponsorship from Grootendorst Bakery and Petronella Catering and Fine Dining and focuses on music pupils between the ages of 5 and 13 who are in the Beginner, Initial and Grade 1 phases of musical tuition.
Each participant will receive a certificate and a report sheet characterised by clear, constructive feedback, as we aim to provide an affirming, inclusive performance opportunity for all ‘Mini Maestros” taking part.
Medals will also be awarded to 3 pupils within each category. As the SASMT-committee consists of music educators committed to the idea of music education as a holistic and ever- evolving process, the competition will steer away from distinguishing between ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in determining medallists. The emphasis will, instead, lie on awarding particularly commendable performance aspects. Medals will therefore, for instance, be given for ‘The Most Enjoyable Performance’ or ‘The Best Stage Presence’.
The Committee therefore encourages all music teachers from Mandela Bay Metro, Cacadu District and even the Sundays River areas, to enter their budding musicians.
Admission to the competition is free and refreshments will be sold at the event.
For more information and to obtain entry forms, please contact Nicky Bosman 041 504 4235 or
Mini Maestro

SAMRO Hubert vd Spuy National Music Competition

Entry forms should have reached us by Friday 15 April 2016
Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Parow
26 September – 30 September 2016
Group A - Any learner up to and including 13 years at the time of the competition may participate. - The entry fee is R150 and is not refundable.
Group B (only candidates from music development projects) - The age limit for participation is 14 years at the time of the competition. - No entry fees are payable.
The competition takes place in four categories: Piano, Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Other Instruments (Classical Guitar, Recorder and Percussion)
More information & entry form 2016 pdf

Il Vento 2016

Il Vento Nasionale kompetisie vir hout- en koperblaas instrumente
28 September - 1 Oktober 2016
PLEK: Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria

Floris Smith (073 144 5874)
Annatjie Ferreira (083 327 6164)

Sluitingsdatum: 10 Augustus 2016
Junior Kategorie : 10 tot 15 jaar
Senior Kategorie : 16 tot 18 jaar
Tersiêre Kategorie : ingeskrewe student by
enige universiteit
Meer Inligting & inskrywingsvorm pdf


workshops / courses / conventions / conferences / lectures

Pretoria: Annual viola weekend

You are hereby cordially invited to the SAVS’s (South African Viola Society) annual viola weekend, to be hosted at Pro Arte Alphen Park, Pretoria on the 28th and 29th of May, 2016M.
Highlights of the weekend include:
* Two viola ensembles, one for beginners directed by Hendi Krog, and one for more advanced players directed by Prof. Eric Rycroft
* Talks given by the local hero and luthier Hannes Jacobs, and the fine string instrument tradesman Johan Grobbelaar
* Interactive Jazz improvisation workshop by the esteemed jazz violinist Siobhan Lloyd-Jones
* Master classes by the internationally acclaimed viola performer and teacher, Jeanne-Louise Moolman
* Opportunities to browse the music shop Music Instruments’s viola goodies and sheet music
* Free viola day T-shirt and mug included in full membership fee
* The chance to meet and network with other violists in different fields

And lastly, for the first time ever, the SAVS is launching the "adopt-a-violinist" initiative. This means that each violist who brings an eager (or even a not-so-eager) violinist to the pre-concert introduction to the viola session gets an entry into the lucky draw for a R2000 Lovemore Music voucher.

Please join and RSVP to the event on the SAVS facebook page
and if you have any more inquiries about the weekend, please send them to

Laerskool Jan Celliers Klaviersimposium 2016

Sluitingsdatum verleng na 25 mei 2016.
U word vriendelik uitgenooi na ‘n opwindende oggend van lesings en meestersklasse met Dr Bryan Wallick en Dr Mario Nell.
Plek: Laerskool Jan Celliers
H/v Lower Park Drive en Dorsetlaan, Parkview, Johannesburg.
Datum: Saterdag 28 Mei Tyd: 08:00 tot 15:00
Kostes: R200 per person vir bywoning van die Simposium.
R350 per person vir bywoning en een meestersklas.
Verversings en‘n ligte middagete sal voorsien word.
‘n Maksimum van 8 studente sal vir ‘n Meestersklas by Dr Mario Nell gekeur word. Twee stukke van ten minste graad 3 standaard moet vir die meestersklas voorberei word. Meestersklasse bied aan onderwysers en studente ‘n leergeleentheid en blootstelling aan nuwe klavier- metodiek. Voorkeur sal aan meer gevorderde studente gegee word.
Meer inligting MSWord
Program MSWord
Aansoekvorm Meestersklasse MSWord

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

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.
Winter Course in Cape Town 11-17 July 2016: Symphony (Mahler Symphony No. 5)
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.

Music School of the Future Conference - Grahamstown

Kingswood College Music School in Grahamstown will be hosting a Music School of the Future Conference in August 2016. This conference will include all schools in Southern Africa.
The programme will include two concerts, a range of lectures/workshops as well as a session for visionary music teachers by Ed Sarath, University of Michigan, USA.
Dates:4 – 6 August 2016
Registration form MSWord

master classes, symposia

La Casa de Kamna International Music master classes

1 July - 5 Aug 2016 Radovljica, Slovenia

concerts / recitals /


Rand Symphony Orchestra 2016 Youth Concert

For the first time in our history, this year we are hosting our Youth Concert at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown.
On Sunday afternoon, 5 June 2016 at 15h30, the Rand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by our Resident Conductor, Carel Henn, will proudly host 12 superbly talented young musicians at our Annual Youth Concert.
We are confident that you will be awed and inspired by the talent and musicality of our rising stars as they perform:
• Sibelius: Finlandia, conducted by Christopher Nicolaou (22 yrs)
• Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3, First Movement; violinist, Andrew Gilbert (15 yrs)
• Handel: “If God be with us” from The Messiah; soprano Genevie Smith (17 yrs)
• Binge: Saxophone Concerto, Second Movement; saxophonist, Clara Lubbe (13yrs)
• Rieding: Cello Concerto Op 35, First Movement; ‘cellist, Kehan Taljaard (11 yrs)
• Mozart: “O Isis and Osiris” and “In Diesen heil’gen hallen”; bass, Bernard Boekooi (17 yrs)
• Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto No. 1, First Movement; violinist, Pendo Masote (12yrs)
• Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11, First Movement; pianist, Yigun Zsang (18 yrs)
• Massenet: “Meditation” from Thais; violin soloist Marilena Boutselis, (15 yrs)
• Handel: “The people that walked in darkness” from The Messiah; bass Alexander le Roux (18 yrs)
• Elgar: Cello Concerto Op. 85, First Movement; cellist, Loïs Boshof (23 yrs)
• Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1,Third Movement; clarinettist, So Jung La (18 yrs)
Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown
Tickets: R150 (Adults), R120 (pensioners / students), R100 (scholars), R400 for family of four
School Groups of more than 20 e-mail Tina at or 082 403 8855
Tickets available from Quicket and at the door from 14h30

festivals / eisteddfodau

Johannesburg Festival for the Advancement of Music

Closing date was 30th March 2016
22 July - 6 August 2016 Normally held at the WITS education campus
Entry form MSWord
Syllabus MSWord

5th Education Africa International Marimba & Steelpan Festival 2016

EA Please visit:
to register.
The dates of the Festival are the
30th & 31st July 2016 at Tom Newby School in Benoni.
Composition competition
Classical composer of the year: VIVALDI
Dress code: see note on competition rules and manual page
Change of venue: Tom Newby School
If you require sponsorship to help you attend the festival please contact asap.
The good news is that we have kept the prices the same as 2014 and 2015!
Please note: there is a mystery prize for the first band to register and pay their registration fee!

Knock on Wood Arts Fest - Woodridge College & Prep. School, Eastern Cape

1 - 5 Aug 2016
Do join us for this unique celebration of the Art, where top notch adjudication runs alongside an exciting concert programme – this year to be concluded with a performance by the internationally renowned NMMU Choir!
Attached, for your convenience, is the Prospectus once again (albeit with the ‘old’ affiliation date).
Poster Creative Writing Bookletpdf
General Information & Rules and Regulationspdf
Music Bookletpdf
Speech and Drama Bookletpdf
Visual Arts Bookletpdf

Kroonstad Eisteddfod 2016

15 tot 19 Augustus 2016. Geen affiliasiefooi betaalbaar nie, slegs deelnemersfooi. Skakel Irma Geldenhuys 0829265144 vir meer inligting.
Meer inligting volg later

Bethlehem Eisteddfod 2016

Bethlehem Eisteddfod Gesinsmusiek MSWord
Prospektus MSWord

Ethekwini Eisteddfod 2016

Green room, St Mary’s DSG
29 Sep - 6 Oct 2016
Closing date for entries: 6 Aug 2016
There is a penalty fee of R100 for late entries.
Entry Form MSWord
Syllabus MSWord

KZN National Youth Concerto Festival

KZN PO As part of its 2016 World Symphony Series, the KZN Philharmonic presents the annual NATIONAL YOUTH CONCERTO FESTIVAL on THURSDAY, 29 September 2016 under the baton of conductor Lykele Temmingh.
The Festival gives advanced music students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra, thereby opening doors to a professional career.
More informationpdf


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