Dr Petersen reports on the 42nd ICTM Conference

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Dr Petersen also attended the 42nd Conference of the International Council on Traditional Music (ICTM) in Shanghai (with Dr Lumbwe) and provided his own report on the event: With the exception of the 40th World Conference of the ICTM in Durban, there was a record number (in excess of 30) delegates from Africa at the 42nd ICTM World Conference, which was held in Shanghai from 11-18 July 2013. Shanghai Conservatoire.


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Week 48 @ the Conservatory: 15-30 November 2013

Week 48 @ the Conservatory: 15-30 November 2013

As the end of the academic year is fast approaching, this will be the last weekly update until 13 January 2014: Monday 25 November • Start of the 2nd exam opportunity (until 5 December) • Happy Birthday to Ms Hannelie Viviers! • Ms Antoinette Olivier is performing in Christmas concerts in Pretoria. • Ms Yvonne-Marié Brand travels to Namibia this week for performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Namibian National.


Music alumnus in charge of important piano competition

Music alumnus in charge of important piano competition

An alumnus of the School of Music, Pierre van der Westhuizen, was appointed in January 2012 as the executive director of one of the most prominent classical music competitions, the Cleveland International Piano Competition. At this year’s competition in August, he had already added his own touch to the proceedings with several innovations and expansions. The Huffington Post recently rated this competition as the best of the American summer season.


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Second award for excellent creative outputs to Prof Piet Koornhof

Second award for excellent creative outputs to Prof Piet Koornhof

Prof Piet Koornhof, associate professor of violin at the School of Music, recently received his second award for excellence in creative outputs (a so-called ITUKU). It is equivalent to the awards for excellence in teaching and research that are also presented annually by the university. Prof Koornhof received this award for two CD recordings that were internationally released on the Delos label. The first is a recording of JS Bach’s.


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Week 47 @ the Conservatory: 18-24 November 2013

Week 47 @ the Conservatory: 18-24 November 2013

Things are starting to wind down for the year, but there are still some important activities this week: Wednesday 20 November Doctoral student Petro Engelbrecht (piano) will present a chamber music recital with Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) at 11:00 in the Conservatory Hall as a performance exam. Free entry. Please be seated by 10:55. Friday 22 November 11:30 — Some staff members will be attending a Scholarship of Teaching.


Music & Engineering collaborate to produce music instruments

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Lecturers from the School of Music and the Faculty of Engineering collaborated on a project this year to develop music instruments from scrap materials. The project culminated in a performance by the North-West Youth Orchestra at Engineering’s project day where the “home made” music instruments could be heard alongside professional instruments. Mr Hannes du Toit, facilitator for project-based teaching in the Faculty of Engineering was introduced to Dr Liesl van.


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Knowing Me, Knowing You — Dr Alvin Petersen

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In the second profile of a staff member (and the last for this year), we present Dr Alvin Petersen, Senior Lecturer in African Music. Teaching responsibilities: African Music, Music Education, Social History of African Music Performance interests: I play the piano, all the recorders and a small selection of African musical instruments. For my sins I play the organ in church. Research interests: Current research trends in ethnomusicology, African music,.


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Third book on Venda oral musical arts published

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Prof Jaco Kruger of the School of Music recently published his third book on Venda culture. The girls in the baobab was produced under the auspices of the MASARA research niche area (Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources & Applications). The collection is the third in a series dedicated towards the preservation and theorisation of Venda oral musical arts. The first volume, Venda lashu, appeared in 2004, and its content.


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Distinctions at Royal Schools vocal exams

Distinctions at Royal Schools vocal exams

Three vocal students at the School of Music did very well in the annual ABRSM (Royal Schools) vocal exams, passing with distinction. • Thembinkosi Magagula achieved 130/150 (87%) for the Grade 6 exam. • Aron Mahlohla achieved 133/150 (89%) for the Grade 8 exam. • Eddie Mofokeng achieved 137/150 (91%) for the Grade 8 exam. Aron is a student of Ms Antoinette Olivier, while Thembinkosi and Eddie are in Dr.


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Swedish exchange visit ( + Oslo)

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As part of the Linneaus/Palme exchange programme between the School of Music and the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm, Dr Hannes Taljaard (senior lecturer in music theory and composition) and Dr Kapambwe Lumbwe (post-doctoral fellow) were able to experience the last part of the Swedish summer. For three weeks in September they presented classes and shared their experiences of African music and multi-cultural music education with music education.


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