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 two candidates were chosen at the JIMF masterclass in 2015; Aron Mahlohla and Makudupanyane Senoana. Aron completed his studies earlier this year, and Makudupanyane is due to begin in the Winter Semester 2016, along with Eddie Mofokeng, the candidate chosen during JIMF 2016.
2017 sees the fifth edition of the scheme when, once again, in February 2017, 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 30 January and 6 February 2016, 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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