Scholarship programme

In cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne, Germany

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 – Siyabonga and Andiswa are still there, having successfully completed the Hochschule Master’s programme, and begun careers in opera houses in Europe. A further two candidates were chosen at the JIMF masterclass in 2015; Aron Mahlohla and Makudupanyane Senoana. Aron has completed his studies, and has returned to South Africa, and Makudupanyane and our 2016 candidate Eddie Mofokeng, completed recently. Both Eddie and Makudupanyane are auditioning for German productions, and participating in competitions across the world. 2017 winner Palesa Malieloa is progressing well, having begun her studies in January 2018, and 2018 winner Abongile Fumba begins in 2019 and we follow her progress with interest.

2019 sees the seventh edition of the scheme when, once again, in February 2019, Professor Protschka will be offering master classes and vocal coaching.

The masterclass runs from 26 January to 3 February 2019 in Pretoria. No more than 6 candidates will be accepted as active participants. One student could be chosen for an academic year’s study with Professor Protschka at the Music College in Cologne.

Full funding for the study programme has been provided through the efforts of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, in partnership with Rand Merchant Bank and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.


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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