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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

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
Tersięre Kategorie : ingeskrewe student by
enige universiteit
Meer Inligting & inskrywingsvorm pdf

Atterbury Klavierkompetisie - Pretoria

Atterbury 17 - 21 Oktober 2016
The official opening of the competition will take place on Monday 17 October 2016 at 18h30. During this ceremony, the overall winner of the 2015 competition, Leo Gevisser, will deliver a short performance. After his performance, all the participants will be introduced to the audience, and the official group photo will be taken on stage. Entry to the opening is free to all members of the public, and seats do not need to be reserved beforehand.
The final gala evening will be on Friday 21 October 2016 at 19h00.
During this event the 3 finalists from each of the age categories will perform 2 works each. There will be a short break during which the 3 adjudicators will discuss their final decisions, followed by the announcement of all the winners. Tickets for the gala evening will be available from Computicket.


workshops / courses / conventions / conferences / lectures

Paul Harris Workshops

In Johannesburg & Pretoria 22 - 24 July 2016
You are invited to attend teachers’ workshops presented by Paul Harris
Faber Music, in association with Lovemore Music and Mars Music, warmly invites you to a series of workshops presented by one of the most prolific and successful composers of educational Music, Paul Harris.
Please see attached documents for more information and booking form.
Kind Regards
Danni Adelaine
Store Manager
111 Caroline Street
Johannesburg, Gauteng
(t) +27 11 837 2943 (f) +27 11 830 0241
Paul Harris JHB Workshops InviteMSWord
Paul Harris Pta Workshops InviteMSWord

Orff Workshops with Gerard Van de Geer

The Orff Schulwerk Society of South Africa Gerard is an experienced Early Childhood and Primary Orff Schulwerk music educator and presenter. As past President of the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk (ANCOS) and the Tasmanian Orff Schulwerk Association (TOSA), Gerard has presented at National Conferences and Orff Accreditation Courses within Australia.
He has also presented at the Orff School in Traunwalchen, Bavaria, Orff Schulwerk Level Accreditation Courses in Australia and Taiwan, and workshops in South Africa and New Zealand.
Formerly a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania in their Masters Programme, Gerard’s research and field work have focused on students’ involvement with Marimbas. He has coordinated the annual Marimba Mania festival for the past 18 years. He currently conducts two secondary Marimba Ensembles, as well as an Adult group. Gerard always aims to present all participants with a successful repertoire of engaging musical experiences, suitable for a broad range of musical capabilities.
Venue: The Hillbrow Music Centre
30 Edith Cavell Street, Hillbrow
Dates: Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24 July
Times: Saturday - 9:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday - 9:30 - 13:00 and 14:30 - 16:30
Fee: Saturday - R350 for morning, R300 for afternoon or R600 for both
Sunday - R350 for morning, R300 for afternoon or R600 for both
R1200 for all weekend workshops (4 sessions)
Programme: Suitable for teachers of children from Foundation Phase and Primary school.

Venue: Parktown High School for Girls
55 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview
Dates: Tuesday 26th July
Times: 15:00 - 17:00 (1st hour will be a masterclass with the resident marimba band, 2nd hour will be for teachers)
Fee: R150
Programme: Suitable for marimba teachers, but all are welcome.

All printed notes will be included in the cost.

Bookings: Penny Jackson 076 781 2070 /

*For the workshops in Hillbrow we will be organising a carpooling system for participants, as there is secure but limited parking on the grounds of the Friedenskirche (Lutheran Church) where the music school is situated. The Park Station Gautrain Station is also a 5 minute drive away from the venue, and for those coming from Pretoria this would be an ideal option. We will arrange transport between the station and the venue.

Venue: Penzance Primary School
10 Bartle Rd, Durban.
Dates: Monday 1 August and Tuesday 2nd August.
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Fee: R300 per session or R550 for both.
Programme: Suitable for teachers of children from Foundation Phase and Primary school.
Light refreshments will be available before the workshops.

Cape Town
Venue: St Cyprian’s School,
2387 Gorge Rd, Oranjezicht
Dates: Thursday 4th August and Saturday 6th August
Times: Thursday - 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am - 12.30pm
Fee: R300 - Thursday
R350 - Saturday
R600 - Both
Programme: Suitable for teachers of children from Foundation Phase and Primary school.
Light refreshments will be available at both workshops.

Bookings: Miriam Schiff 083 225 6532 /

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.

Choral Bridges

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

Pretoria: Werkswinkel in Musiekteorie- en Harmonie

13 Augustus 2016 8:00-12:00
U word uitgenooi na ‘n kreatiewe werkswinkel in Musiekteorie- en Harmonie, gerig op die Hoërskoolonderwyser of enige ander belangstellendes.
Sprekers vir die oggend sluit in Dr Bertha le Roux (vakspesialis in Harmonie en Musiekteorie en tydelike dosent by beide UP en UNISA), Dr Niel van der Watt (komponis, verwerker en musikoloog, onderwyser en eksaminator), Mev Karin Groenewald (klarinet- en saksofoonspeler-en onderwyser, kundige in musiektegnologie) en Mnr Altus Hendriks (DMus student onder Prof Alexander Johnson en junior lektor aan UP).
Meer inligting...pdf

UP verrykingskursus 2016

Dit vind op 19 en 20 Augustus by die Musaion op die UP Kampus plaas.

concerts / recitals /


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

Pietermaritzburg Eisteddfod 2016

1 - 12 Aug 2016
Eisteddfod Programme 2016Excel

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

National Harp Festival

Harp Society Our First National Harp Festival was a huge success in 2015 and we look forward to hosting the SECOND National Harp Festival again on
Saturday 10th September 2016
Please find below details of the 2nd National Harp Festival – hosted by the Harp Society of South Africa
We look forward to welcoming all our harpists once again
Our adjudicator will be Ms Ilse Myburgh – accomplished pianist and adjudicator
Kind regards as always Ingrid Janse van Rensburg
CHAIRMAN : Harp Society of South Africa 082 494 1538
More information ...MSWord
HSSA Festival Entry FormExcel

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

National Eisteddfod Academy

The National Eisteddfod Academy is calling for entries for the 2016 eisteddfod season of the National Eisteddfod of South Africa™
The final deadline for online entries in most regions is July 30 while hard copy entries (subject to a higher entry fee) will be accepted until July 10.
All information regarding the NEA prospectus, different categories and requirements, dates for activities in particular regions, entry forms, entry fees and guidelines for the submission of online entries and virtual entries are available on the NEA website
For any further enquiries in this regard please contact the NEA Office at 011 886 6005 e-mail:

Gauteng Chamber Music Festival 4-8 January 2017

Primary School and High School children playing String Instruments
20 September: Entries open
1 October: Entries close
13 and 14 October: Auditions at Waterkloof NG Church in Dey Street, Pretoria
23 October: Phone in to obtain audition results

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!

We will post more information at the beginning of September.

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