The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival is delighted and proud to continue its partnership with the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany. The collaboration began during JIMF 2012, when Professor Josef Protschka directed a one-week vocal masterclass for young South African singers. Eventually, three outstanding talents were chosen from the participants – sopranos Nombuso Ndlandla and Andiswa Makana and tenor Siyabonga Maqungo. The JIMF raised sufficient funds in Germany for the three scholars to embark on a fully funded one-year programme of studies. In autumn 2013, the three singers arrived in Cologne – all three have now completed the Master's degree programmes, and are managing successful solo singing careers abroad. A further three candidates were chosen at the JIMF masterclasses in 2015 and 2016; Aron Mahlohla,Makudupanyane Senoana and Eddie Mofokeng. Aron completed his studies last year, Makudu and Eddie completed in summer 2017, and are continuing their studies abroad, and Palesa Malieloa, the candidate chosen during JIMF 2017, is due to begin in October 2017.
2018 sees the sixth edition of the scheme when, once again, in February 2018, Professor Protschka will be offering masterclasses at University of Pretoria.
Full funding for the study programme has been provided through the efforts of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, in partnership with Rand Merchant Bank.
The good news for South African singers is that once again, between 28 January and 3 February 2018, Professor Protschka will be offering masterclasses at the University of Pretoria. Further details on how to apply and an application form can be found here. >>
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