Knowing Me, Knowing You — Ms Mari-Louise Schutte (née Steinberg) [alumna]
Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Flute / Voice / Piano.
Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
Qualifications completed at the NWU / PU for CHE:
BMus: Performance (Flute) & Methodology
Qualifications completed elsewhere:
ABRSM Grade 4 — Singing (2015)
Current professional position / occupation:
• Music tutor at a private school in Midrand, tutoring voice and elementary piano.
• Member of a band (vocals, piano, keys).
• Member of a new Gauteng-based chamber choir, Ars Vocalis.
• Member of the South African Society of Music Teachers — Pretoria Centre.
Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Stacey Kent — Breakfast on the Morning Tram
2. Pride and Prejudice (2005) OST
3. Hans Zimmer — Time (Inception OST)
4. The Piano Guys — Peponi (Paradise — Coldplay)
5. Coldplay — Sky Full of Stars
Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Oh, there are sooooo many!
• Playing and singing at weddings. Each experience is unique and beautiful.
• I watched the stage production of The Lion King when I was in London. It was pure magic!
• I saw Michael Bublé’s concert in 2015 — my first big band jazz concert.
• Listening to the bells ringing in The Bell Tower, Perth in 2013.
• Pretty much every show I have seen in recent years at The Teatro — Singing in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera, Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Nutcracker on Ice, The Sound of Music, etc.
• I was a member of a regional choir in high school. We performed Requiem (the complete work) by John Rutter, with a chamber orchestra. A truly unforgettable night.
Top 3 must-read books:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
3. The Curly Pyjama Letters by Michael Leunig
• “Don’t confuse me with your logic.” — Castle.
• Yes, I sing in my car. Yes, I know you can see me. No, I don’t care.
• If I fits, I sits (referring to our cats’ tendency to climb into boxes or other containers).
Top 5 must-see movies:
2. Mona Lisa Smile
4. Sweet Home Alabama
Which television show(s) can you watch over and over again?
Coffee, Red Grapetiser.
How do you relax?
• Watching a movie or a theatre production, with a nice dinner afterwards.
• Taking a long walk on the beach.
• Visiting book shops, art galleries and coffee shops.
Married to Jaco Schutte since 2007.
Which places would you still like to visit?
What are your funniest / fondest memories of your time at the Conservatory?
• My fellow students and I convinced our professor once to present the lecture in a coffee shop! We were a fairly small group, so it was actually quite manageable.
• In our first year we had a group assignment to write a Blues song. My group’s song was about music theory and it turned out to be a very funny!
• During one of my flute performance exams, the pages of my music got stuck together. When I wanted to start the fourth part of the suite I was playing, I accidentally turned two pages instead of one. The result was a couple of bars of mash-up between the fourth movement’s accompaniment and the fifth movement’s flute part. Obviously we stopped, corrected the pages and started the movement again. But I could hardly contain my giggles… And there were still five movements to go!
• Potchpourri is always fun, especially with a couple of ‘incidents’, like page turners’ buttons getting caught on pianists’ wigs.
• Aural training exams in winter, very early in the morning (car windows would freeze), accompanied by some hot soup and buns.
• Those ‘eureka’ moments in theory class.
• Ensemble exams. I’ve played with a variety of other instruments: harp, flute, guitar, violin, cello, clarinet and even did a work with soprano.