GALA EVENING 2009 Hosted by Jeppe High School for Girls MISSION STATEMENT To encourage, support and uplift classically trained musical students in solo performances from diverse cultures and backgrounds for ages up to and including 22 years of age VISION To maintain the standard of excellence and to extend this local solo performance classical music competition to a competition of national status This is the fourth successful year of the Philip H Moore Music Competition for soloist classical musicians from ages 8 and under up to and including 22 years. Prizes in excess of R40 000 will be awarded in the form of cash and Lovemore gift vouchers to the winners and runners-up in all seven categories. This year, Saul Bamberger of Olde „n New Antiques and Restorations has kindly offered the winner of Category G, a slot to perform at his fantastic shop in Auckland Park. Should you wish to be included in Saul‟s e-mail recital notifications, please write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome Menning Verkerk to our team as our Fundraiser. Menning has been working hard to try and obtain sponsors for this year but as he only joined us mid-way through the year when the economy was already spiraling towards ground zero, commercial assistance has been a bit thin on the ground but we hope, with an improved economy and correct timing, next year will be a bit more lucrative. This Competition was never established as a profit-driven event and we anticipate that it will be quite some time before income gets close to being equal to expenses. Once again, the standard of the competition has been pitched at an incredibly high level. This year has seen a great variety of instruments including cello, harp, trumpet, clarinet, violin, voice, saxophone, flute, percussion, recorder with the dominant instrument being the piano. Since we extended the entry cut-off age in Category G to 22, we have seen a substantial increase in entries to this section. The competition comprises two preliminary rounds where the second round is always an ideal opportunity for students to be able to hear the crème de la crème playing and compare their own playing abilities with their peers. As music and competitions in general are dynamic by their very nature, we are always looking to improve the administration of this event. The results from the e-mail sent out to all the 2009 Contestants and Teachers brought a wide variety of opinions as to whether do our first round by way of DVD or continue as we have done in the last three years. About two thirds still wish the competition to continue as is, while one third were definitely keen to change to the DVD format. Both camps have very valid points – the DVD format is an extremely convenient means of entry for busy teachers, parents and accompanists. However, the whole nerve-tingling live performance is lost on DVD, along with Competitors being able to listen to their peers. So for 2010, we will be continuing on the existing framework but for those who are pro DVD, please bear with us – should the demographics or circumstances change, we will re-look the situation but for the next few years, we will most probably be keeping our existing structure. Congratulations to our extremely talented finalists, playing tonight. Everyone played exceptionally well during the Second Round and as usual, the adjudicators had a pretty tough time in choosing the finalists for this evening's program. To our finalists – bravo! You all did extremely well earlier this week and everyone enjoyed your polished performances. Tonight's adjudicators, all of whom are top musicians in their own right, comprise Dr Tinus Botha, Dr. Fanie Jooste, Truida van der Walt, and Johanna Roos. We wish all our highly talented Competitors the very best of luck and am sure we are all in for a treat of an evening. May the music begin! Yours forever in music Victoria Bennett GALA EVENING PROGRAMME 2009 CATEGORY A: (8 years and under) 1. Courtney Jeffery (Piano) Ecossaise - F. Schubert 'Rondo' from Sonatina in C Major, Op.66 No. 1 - H Lichner Teacher: Paddy Jeffery 2. Nicola van der Walt (Piano) Balade - J. Burgmüller Kolperd - C. Lamprecht Teacher: Gisela Scriba CATEGORY B: (9 – 10 years) 3. Annerike du Plessis (Piano) Sonatina in A Minor - G. Benda Klonkie op 'n donkie - M. Driessen Teacher: Gisela Scriba 4. Rickus Kriel (Piano) Valse Poético No. 2 - E. Granados Carnaval des enfants - J. Turina Teacher: Claudine van Breda CATEGORY C: (11 – 12 years) 5. Landi Schaap (Piano) Toccata in D Minor - J. S. Bach 'Prelude' from the Holberg Suite - E. Grieg Pequeña Danza - A. E. Ginastera Teacher: Claudine van Breda 6. Miné van der Walt (Piano) Gigue - J. Lully Humoreske Op.6 - M Lévine Teacher: Gisela Scriba CATEGORY D: (13 – 14 years) 7. Lize Schaap (Violin) Romance - D. Shostakovich 'Third Movement' from Sonata for Violin - H. Genzmer and Piano Teacher: Lara Babenko Accompanist: Betsie Schaap 8. Margot Viljoen (Piano) 'Allegro' from Sonata No. 3 - J. Haydn Seguidillas Op. 232 - I. Albeniz Teacher: Maretha Viljoen CATEGORY E: (15 – 16 years) 9. Angus Fletcher (Recorder) Music for a Bird (Nos 1,2,6,3,4) - H. M. Linde 'Largo & Allegro' from Concerto - A. Vivaldi in C major KV 443 Teacher: Amanda Low Accompanist: Amanda Low 10. Elri van Belkum (Piano) Prelude in G Minor, Op.23 No.5 - S. Rachmaninoff Jazz Impromptu - A. Johnson Teacher: Tessa Rhoodie CATEGORY F: (17 – 18 years) 11. Simon Duim (Saxophone) Pièce en forme de Habanera - M. Ravel Fantaisie - J. Demersseman Teacher: Matthew Lombard Accompanist: Annalien Ball 12. Carel van der Merwe (Saxophone) Scaramouch - D. Milhaud Teacher: Bella Divine Accompanist: Liza Joubert Interval: 20 minutes CATEGORY G: (19 – 21 years) 13. Stefan du Toit (Piano) 'Le Baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus' No. 15 from - O. Messiaen 20 Contemplations on the Child Jesus Teacher: Karl-Andreas Kolly Stefan du Toit, 20, was born in Nelspruit and matriculated after doing home schooling in Hermanus in 2005 with an „A‟ aggregate, being the first candidate in South Africa to write 6 languages for his Senior Certificate examinations. Between 2001 and 2006 Stefan received piano tuition from Mario Nell at the University of Stellenbosch. During that time he performed 5 times as soloist with an orchestra, including the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and was awarded 1st prize at several competitions: Musicon National Piano Competition (Junior and Senior High School categories), Johan Vos Piano Competition, and the Fundâo International Youth Piano Competition in Portugal. He was invited to give the opening recital of the competition in Fundâo the following year. Stefan has had masterclasses in Argentina, Austria and Italy, and since September 2007 has been studying under Karl-Andreas Kolly at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland. 14. Mart-Marie Snyman (Piano) 3rd movement- Allegro vivace (ma non troppo) - H. M Górecki from Piano Sonata nr. 1 Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906 - J. S Bach Etude, op. 2 nr. 1 - S. Prokofiev Teacher: Charl du Plessis Mart-Marie Snyman (19) matriculated with four distinctions from Hoërskool Eldoraigne in 2007, and is currently a second year BMus student at the University of Pretoria. She started with piano lessons at the age of six under direction of Willemien Schoombee, and has been studying classical and jazz piano with teacher/ performer Dr. Charl du Plessis since 2007. In 2008 Mart-Marie was awarded second place in the Lionel Bowman Beethoven Piano competition, and passed her first year at the University of Pretoria with six distinctions, including first instrument: classical piano, and second instrument: jazz piano. In 2009 she was awarded a UP achievement bursary, and a SAMRO General Music study bursary. Mart-Marie performs regularly in both classical and jazz concerts, and in 2008 she performed her own composition at a UP lunch hour concert. This year she was a semi-finalist in the ATKV- MUZIQ 2009 competition held in Bloemfontein. She also passed her Grade 8 UNISA Pianoforte examination with distinction, and has been invited to take part in the UNISA South African music study bursary competition that will take place in Stellenbosch later this year. 15. Julia Hong (Piano) Etude No. 5, Op. 42 - A. Scriabin Etude No. 10 - S. Lyapunov Teacher: Tessa Rhoodie Julia Hong matriculated from the Pro Arte Alphen Park School and is currently studying at the University of South Africa under the tuition of Dr. Tessa Rhoodie. In 2003, She won the first prize at the 2003 National Musicon Piano competition and the Pretoria Piano Eisteddfod receiving 5 trophies including the Trinity College of London Trophy as the most outstanding participant. In 2004, she was a finalist and won the silver medal at the Henni Joubert National Piano Competition held in Wellington and won many category prizes including the best rendering of the semi-final round and the best young competitor. She won the Pretoria Piano Eisteddfod again in the same year. In 2003, She performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg symphony orchestra and in 2004, with the Cape Philharmonic orchestra. In 2005, Julia won the Pretoria Piano Eisteddfod for the third consecutive years,and obtained a performance Diploma through the associated board of the Royal College of Music .She also won the senior section of the Musicon National Piano Competition in Free State. Furthermore, she was awarded the Pretorium Trust bursaries from 2001- 2005. After studying music privately, and attending master classes in Korea in 2007, she has once again won the Pretoria Piano Eisteddfod last year, and completed a performance Licentiate through the associated board of the Royal College of Music. This year, she completed the performance Licentiate from Unisa with roll of honour. 16. Christopher Vale (Voice) 'Betrachte, meine Seel' from Johannes-Passion - J. S. Bach 'La vendetta' from Le Nozze di Figaro - W. A. Mozart Elegie - J. Massenet Boggom en Voertsek - A van Wyk Teacher: Hanli Stapela Accompanist: Leatitia Orlandi Christopher Vale, currently a student at the University of Pretoria and under the vocal auspices of renowned soprano Hanli Stapela, has been singing regularly from an early age. Always actively involved in plays and eisteddfodau throughout his school career, Christopher achieved his Grade 8 singing for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2005. After a brief stint at Rhodes University where he received vocal tutelage from Ms. Gwyneth Lloyd, Christopher transferred to the University of Pretoria in 2008. That year, Christopher was a finalist in the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition and received a Pretorium Trust bursary in 2009. RECEPTION IN THE MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM (45 MIN) Adjudicators TINUS BOTHA Tinus Botha has received many scholarships and prizes, including the silver medal at the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition for high school students in Wellington (1994), the UNISA South African Music Scholarship (1995), the prestigious D.J. Roode Overseas Scholarship (1996) and the Gertrude Buchanan Prize (1998). Tinus was also a finalist and prize winner in the first Nederburg South African National Piano Competition (1998), and has performed as soloist with the Artium Orchestra, CAPAB orchestra, Pro Musica orchestra, NAPOP orchestra, University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. During his studies in South Africa, Tinus obtained a performer‟s licentiate from Trinity College in London, as well as performer‟s and teacher‟s licentiates from UNISA, all with distinction. In 1998 he graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BMus (Cum Laude) as a student of Joseph Stanford. He has also recorded for SABC radio and television Tinus has participated in master classes with renowned teachers such as Andzrej Jasinski, Maria Gineva, Gustavo Romero, Martino Tirimo, Fabio Bidini, Russell Sherman and Zhou Guangren, among others. In 1999 he was one of 10 young pianists worldwide chosen to attend the summer festival of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, as a full scholarship student of Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard School of Music). In January 2000 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to pursue his studies under the tutelage of renowned pianists José Feghali and Harold Martina. During this time he was the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes, including the Lili Kraus scholarship at Texas Christian University. On his return to South Africa in 2003 he was appointed official accompanist at the University of Pretoria. During this time he also gave the world premiéres of 5 new South African compositions: Alexander Johnson‟s Incantation for Solo Piano (a piece dedicated to him), Stefans Grové‟s Concertino for piano and Chamber Orchestra, Projection and Reflection for alto saxophone and piano, Aus dem stillen Welt von Gestern for clavichord and Conversations for organ and piano. He performs widely as a soloist and accompanist, and has appeared in many cities in South Africa and the United States, such as Pretoria, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Fort Worth, Houston, Chicago, Santa Barbara and Miami, among others. As a concerto soloist he has worked with conductors such as Alan Solomon, Eric Rycroft, Christopher Dowdeswell, Richard Cock and Weiss Doubell. He has a special interest in accompanying and chamber music, and has participated in the annual Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth (2002), where he performed Dvorak‟s Piano Quintet Op. 81 at the gala concert. He was invited to serve as one of the official accompanists at the 2006 Unisa International Singing Competition. He is an active and enthusiastic teacher, having been on the teaching staff of the Arlington Heights Music Academy (USA), the Master‟s Touch School of Music (USA), the Preparatory Division of Texas Christian University (USA), and most recently the Arts Academy of Pro Arte – Alphenpark High School, Beaulieu College and Kingsmead College. Many of his students participate and win prizes in music competitions and concerto festivals on local and national level. In April 2008, his formal studies are concluded with the conferral of the DMus (Performing Arts) degree by the University of Pretoria. Tinus is a member of the South African Society of Music Teachers, as well as the Society for Music Theory (U.S.A.). FANIE JOOSTE Tydens sy jeugjare het Fanie Jooste in verskeie jeugorkeste fagot gespeel. As lid van die SAUK Juniororkes het hy byvoorbeeld aan die Internasionale Fees vir Jeugorkeste in Lausanne, Switserland, deelgeneem en op meriete in die Internasionale Jeugorkes onder leiding van Walter Susskind opgetree. Hy was later ook lid van die SA Nasionale Jeugorkes onder leiding van Alberto Bolet wat na Europa en Skotland gereis het. Nadat hy sy BMus-studie aan die Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO voltooi het, sit hy sy fagotstudie aan die Nordwestdeutsche Musikakakademie in Detmold, Duitsland, onder leiding van prof. Helman Jung voort. Na sy terugkeer uit Europa is hy as lektor in musiekwetenskap en houtblaasonderrig aan die Departement Musiek van die Potchefstroomse Universiteit aangestel. In 1993 is hy hier tot hoogleraar en departementshoof in die departement bevorder. Aan die einde van 2006 tree hy uit die diens van die NWU, en sedertdien doen hy as musikus vryskutwerk.. Tot met sy uittrede het hy ook op die paneel van eksaminatore van die Departement Musiek van die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika en Unisa se Komitee vir Musiekeksamens gedien. Fanie Jooste is „n bekende fagottis en fagotpedagoog in Suid-Afrika. Hy het verskeie radio- en televisie-opnames, gemaak en as kamermusikus het hy dikwels as lid van die SA Kamermusiekvereniging opgetree. „n CD van dié vereniging waaraan hy meegewerk het, is deur Koch Discover internasionaal vesprei. As lid van die Aulos Trio het hy ook twee konsertreise na Europa meegemaak, en onder andere met groot welslae in die Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn, Nederland, opgetree. Dr. Jooste is sedert 1993 die dirigent van die bekende streeksjeugsimfonieorkes Simfonia Juventi in Pretoria, wat oor die jare heen talle geslaagde uitvoerings gegee het, en wat ook gereeld in radio-uitsendings gehoor word. Hy is vanjaar 25 jaar lank ook die dirigent van die Noordwes Jeugorkes. Hierdie lang verbintenis het o.a. ook uitgeloop op verskeie trofeë as die beste simfonieorkes in sy klas, en op vier Europese konsertreise, waartydens gesamentlike uitvoerings met verskeie jeug- en blaasorkeste en kore op die vasteland en in Brittanje gegee is. ANNEKE LAMONT Anneke Lamont has established herself as a top performing pianist in South Africa. She holds a doctorate (PhD) from the UFS with mentors Albie van Schalkwyk and Stephanus Muller (University of Stellenbosch) on Bach‟s Goldberg and Beethoven‟s Diabelli piano variations. She is in high demand as teacher, examiner, adjudicator and coach. She has been on the screening panel for the ATKV “Musiq” competition since 2007. She is also an examiner for the Unisa Music Examinations. She performs as duo partner with tenor Nicholas Nicolaidis, flautist Handri Loots, cellist Anzel Gerber (with whom she recorded the CD Cello Journey) and Christopher Duigan in their Crowson Duo. She was the accompanist for cellist, Alexander Ivashkin on his tour of South Africa in 2005 and she is also one of the official accompanists for the Unisa International Music Competitions. Anneke was the guest pianist for the Unisa Chamber Music Festival of 2006 and has performed the Goldberg Variations by Bach to great critical acclaim. She was on the screening panel for the 2008 Unisa International Piano Competition and performs with Nicholas Nicolaidis in the 2008 Grahamstown National Arts Festival. She also accompanies Gary Hoffman on his tour of South Africa. In collaboration with Salon Music she has recorded two CD‟s – Café Society and Trumpet Dreams with Robin Finlay and in 2008 the solo piano album “Piano Prayers”. She was the pianist in the August 2007 production Martha, an opera by Flotow and the 2008 production of the Viennese Violin with Michael Snyman. She acts as music director for the 2009 dvd “Piano Man” – a production of Salon Music with pianist Charl de Villiers. Anneke uses the name DUO3/4 in her capacity as Imago therapist and life coach: she brings live music into the dialogical process of relationship therapy and also applies its principles in her duo partnership with fellow musicians and students. These endeavours aim to reflect a different hearing of the music by the performers. She is the music director at the congregation of the NG Kerk in Stella Street, Brooklyn where she, in collaboration with dr Willem Nicol, researches a contemplative type of worship in the “Adoramus” service. Anneke is married to Arnold Lamont and they have three children. CHANTIE MINNAAR Chantie Minnaar (neé Snibbe) completed her Masters Degree in Performing Art, with distinction, under Prof. Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria. She also obtained a B. Mus Degree (Performing Art) and a B. Mus Hons. (Performing Art) at the same institution, Cum Laude. Other qualifications include UNISA‟s Teacher‟s Licentiate; UNISA‟s Performer‟s Licentiate and Trinity College of London‟s Performer‟s Licentiate (all Cum Laude). Among the many different bursaries and scholarships that she obtained were: SAMRO‟s Pre- graduate bursary, the FAK bursary, achievement bursaries from the University of Pretoria, the highly acclaimed Pretorium Trust bursaries and the South African Music Scholarship for excellent performance in UNISA‟s Grade 8 Scholarship Competition. She achieved the highest mark in South Africa (up to that point) for her Teacher‟s Licentiate and was invited to participate in UNISA‟s two Overseas Music Scholarships. Chantie also represented the University of Pretoria twice at the Jim Joel Music Scholarships. She won the piano category of the ATKV‟s Forte competition for Musicians in 1997 and obtained third place in the All African Piano Competition in 1995. Her performance at the International Piano Competition in Portugal, 2000, was also highly successful. Chantie has attended master classes with pianists all over the world. These include John O‟Connor [United States of America], Andrez Jassinski [Poland], Maria Gineva [Bulgaria], Fabio Biddini [Italy] and Vladimir Viardo [Russia and United States of America]. As a performing artist, Chantie has worked with many different South African composers and she has premiéred works by Hannes Taljaard. Her first CD, Chantie Minnaar performs Sparkling Classics, has just been released in South Africa with great success and can be ordered via the website: www.stagebright.co.za. Chantie is currently performing throughout South Africa and is the Managing Director of Stage Bright Musicians, a company that contracts musicians out for social and business functions. She is also managing a piano studio [Stage Bright Piano Studios] with Franchises across the East Rand, Edenvale and Sandton areas. She designed a programme to teach toddlers to play piano, called Pianistics, with Franchises on the East Rand, Edenvale and Sandton areas. PETA-ANN RICHARDSON-HOLDCROFT Peta-Ann began her cello studies in Johannesburg under Betty Pack. She performed in chamber groups all over South Africa at an early age, and won the Unisa Grade-8 prize in 1974. Having earned a Classical Ballet Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dancing, she then had to choose between ballet or music as a future career. Having chosen music, she played in the National Youth Orchestra, which performed in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1975, and was selected to play in the prestigious „International Youth Orchestra‟ at the Royal Albert Hall, London under the conductor Claudio Abbado. During this visit to London, she took part in the Harry Dexter Cello Competition, where she was a finalist. She subsequently spent a year in New York, studying under Channing Robbins of the Julliard School of Music. She holds Licentiate Diplomas from Trinity College, and Royal Schools of London, as well as Unisa. She played as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra in the „Youth Concerto‟ Festivals. She has also performed as soloist with the CAPAB, SABC Symphony Orchestras, and Randburg City Orchestra. In 1980 she joined the SABC National Symphony Orchestra and was chosen to attend the „Aspen Music Festival‟ in Aspen, USA, to represent South Africa in 1981. Peta-Ann has participated in „Master Classes‟ with Heinrich Schiff, Pierre Fournier, Yehuda Hanani, and Steve Erdody. In 1992 she again represented South Africa in a program of contemporary music in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the „World Music Day‟s‟ Festival, and performed in the Unisa/Transnet International Piano Competition with overseas competitors in the Chamber Music section. She is much in demand as soloist and chamber musician, and has entertained personalities such as „His Royal Highness‟ Prince Edward. She performed often with her mother Peggy Haddon, and they released a very successful CD, „The Charm of The Cello‟, and regularly gave concerts with her two sons, Jeremy and Anthony, along with Peggy, as the unique „Three Generations – Out of Africa‟. She has appeared on television, is regularly broadcast on radio, and was a member of the National Orchestra, Transvaal Chamber Orchestra, Associate Principal Cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra, and is currently Associate Principal Cellist in the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Peta-Ann is regularly invited to adjudicate in music competitions and eisteddfods and has examined for Unisa. Teaching the cello, and chamber music is of special interest to her and she is passionate about promoting the love of music in our country. She has recently received a rare and prestigious award by the Kruger Park (Sanparks), for 10 years of playing classical music concerts in the Kruger Park bush itself, in aid of „Counter-Poaching”. Peta-Ann is married to an electronics engineer, Bobby, and their two sons, one an engineer, and the other in business management. Both have performers diplomas in music. JOHANNA ROOS In 1996, Johanna completed the B. Mus degree at the University of Pretoria (cum laude). She also obtained the Teacher‟s Licentiate (UNISA – 1995), LTCL (1006), Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (1996) and the Performance Licentiate (UNISA – 1996). Furthermore, she completed the M.Mus degree (cum laude) in 2001. In 1995 she won the string category of the ATKV Forte competition. In the same year, she was the winner of the Unisa Teachers Licentiate Overseas Scholarship. In 1997 she won the Associated Board Scholarship. Johanna has received master classes from Christian Altenburger, Eugene Fodor, Victor Liebermann, Niel Immelman and many others. She has released 3 CDs and performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with as soloist with the South Bank Symphony (London), the Randburg Symphony orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Johanna has taught at various schools and at the University of Pretoria. Currently, she teaches from her home in Pretoria . TRUIDA VAN DER WALT Truida van der Walt completed the degrees B Mus, B Mus Honours and M Mus with highest distinction at the PU for CHE. Also holding diplomas up to Fellowship level of the Trinity College of Music, London, she is currently a senior lecturer in piano at the Northwest University, Potchefstroom, and is working towards her Doctorate in chamber music. Following up on her piano studies with Adolph Hallis in Johannesburg, South Africa, she studied in Vienna, Austria during 1979/80 with Walter Panhofer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. She also received masterclasses from distinguished accompanists such as Dalton Baldwin and Erik Werba. Further masterclasses were with Lamar Crowson (Cape Town), Carlo Zecchi (Italy), Andrea Bonnatta (Italy), Bryce Morrison (UK) and Frank Heneghan (Ireland). Her special interest lies with singers, but she is also nationally known for her participation in chamber music groups. In her capacity as accompanist of both singers and instrumentalists she was regularly invited by the provincial arts councils to accompany visiting overseas artists and has played for numerous winners of competitions such as Forte, Oude Meester, SAMRO and UNISA. She is also one of the official accompanists at the International Voice and String Competitions in Pretoria. She regularly acts as examiner for UNISA and was invited to adjudicate at the first UNISA National Piano Competition in 2003. Truida has concertized and recorded for radio and television with many prominent musicians, including Kobie van Rensburg, André Howard, Sally du Randt, Manuel Escorcio, Werner Nel, Rina Hugo, Zanta Hofmeyr, Piet Koornhof, Human Coetzee and Fanie Jooste. Many of her students have excelled both nationally and internationally. Some of her piano students have played with all the different national orchestras. In 2002 and 2004 she was one of the official accompanists at the New Orleans Concerto Competition for university students in the USA, where her pupil was runner-up. In 2007 she concertized with the South African singers Jacques le Roux and Erica Eloff in the Netherlands and in England. WALDO WEYER B. Mus (PU for CHE); B. Mus (RAM: London); M. Mus (NWU); LRAM; UPLM Waldo started his piano studies at the age of eight and accompanied choirs while he was still in primary school. He appears on the honorary roll of UNISA‟s practical exams on several occasions, including the final exam, for which he won the Robert Clough scholarship. He matriculated in 1990 at the Lichtenburg High School with eight distinctions and enrolled for a B Mus degree at the North-West University the following year to study piano with Professor Gerhard Koornhof. He majored in piano performance, music history, pedagogy and mathematics and received several scholarships as a student, including one from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, having passed the grade eight exam with highest distinction. He interrupted his studies at Potchefstroom to enrol at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he completed a B Mus in performance under Hamish Milne and Patsy Toh and also obtained the LRAM with honours. On his return to South Africa, Waldo received a UNISA Performance Licentiate with distinction and completed a Masters Degree in Piano Performance cum laude in 2004 under Truida van der Walt. He participated in master classes with Frank Heneghan, Joseph Banowetz, Helmut Deutsch, Tim Ehlen and Caroline Oltmanns and often performs at festivals in Grahamstown and Potchefstroom. In 2005 and 2006 he served as an official accompanist during the National and International UNISA Singing Competitions. Waldo is currently a senior lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the North-West University‟s School of Music and his research interests include neurology, learning theories and philosophies of interpretation. Management ELIZE KRUGER Elize Kruger was born in 1972 and started piano lessons at the age of 9. She matriculated at the Gimnasium Hoërskool in Potchefstroom and subsequently continued her music studies at the Potchefstroom University under guidance of Truida van der Walt. During these years she received several prizes and scholarships and represented the University at the Jim Joel Music Competition in 1993 and 1994. In 1993 and 1994, she respectively obtained the B.Mus and B.Mus (Honns) degrees – Cum Laude. The following year she completed the Higher Education Diploma at the University of Johannesburg. In 2000 she obtained the M.Mus. degree at the University of the North West. In 2008 and 2009, together with another pianist, she won the Ensemble Bursary at the annual bursary competition of the Conservatory of Music (North-West University). Other qualifications include LTCL (with distinction), FTCL and the Unisa performance Licentiate (with distinction). She also appeared as soloist with the National Chamber Orchestra and received master classes from Carolina Oltmans (USA) and Frank Hennegan (Scotland). Elize regularly accompanies various instrumentalists and has performed with Carel Henn since 1998. In 2004 they recorded a CD – Appassionato – which was released at the Klein Karoo Arts festival and won the GMT prize for the best classical album of the year. Elize has taught Music at Jeppe High School for Girls since 1996 and was recently appointed in the position of Head of the Music department. She is one of the founder members and organizers of the Philip H Moore Music competition that is hosted by Jeppe High School for Girls since 2006. HENNING RüST Henning matriculated in Oudtshoorn, December 2000, with an overall distinction at the highly esteemed Oudtshoorn High School. He started with piano lessons at the age of eight and appeared on the honorary roll of UNISA‟s practical exams on several occasions. A music scholarship was awarded to him in 2001 by the Conservatory of Music in Potchefstroom where he enrolled for a 4-year Bachelors Degree of Music. Henning's third and fourth year of study comprised majors in Music Technology and Music Acoustics and the specialisation in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. These aforementioned subjects were completed under the South African chamber pianist, Truida van der Walt. Henning have been employed as a music teacher by the Gauteng Department of Education since April 2007. He is currently teaching History of Music and Piano Performance at Jeppe High School for Girls in Kensington, Johannesburg. This all-girls school's focus is primarily on academics. The school endeavours to ensure that each pupil realises her optimum academic potential while engaging in a range of sporting, cultural and social activities. He is an adjudicator for the classical piano section at the National Eisteddfod Academy. The vision of the National Eisteddfod Academy is to encourage our youth to participate in and to celebrate in the magical experience of the performing arts. Henning is currently doing a Masters Degree of Music, specializing in Chamber Piano Performance under Truida van der Walt. He has been involved in the management and organization of the Phillip H Moore Music Competition since 2007. VICTORIA BENNETT (nee MOORE) and NORMA MOORE Victoria was born in Durban and attended Durban Girls College where music was her strongest subject. She moved to Johannesburg in 1977 where she worked for Attorneys most of her life and currently lives in Kensington with her two children and husband. When her father, Philip died in 2005, she approached her step-mother Norma and together they fund this competition out of their private funds. Victoria is avidly involved in the administration of the competition and most of you have had contact with her either through e-mails or at the door. She is involved with the creation and presentations at the Gala each year and does a lot of the competition's administration and paperwork. Although there is no trust set up for this competition, Victoria is trying to establish the Philip H Moore Music Competition to become a nationally recognized event and to run this in perpetuity in her father's name. Norma, Philip's widow, hopes to be able to attend the Gala next year but unfortunately is away on vacation this year.