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Nine students to shadow judge 19 rising stars

Nine millennials from three South African universities have been invited to serve on the shadow jury of the prestigious National Youth Music Competition (NYMC) that runs from 9 to 13 October at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.

Among the nine is the 2016 Gold Medal, First Prize winner, saxophonist Cameron Williams, a finalist and two semi-finalists of the 2017 competition.

Jolandi Schaap, a 2017 finalist and winner of the 2017 Piano category of Menlo Park, Pretoria, says she is extremely grateful for the honour to be part of the shadow jury at the 2018 NYMC. She is second year BMus degree (Piano) student at the University of Pretoria. “I am looking forward to hearing the music of some of South-Africa’s most gifted artists, and learning a lot out of this experience. It is indeed one of the greatest privileges.

Under the watchful eye of Prof John Hinch, flautist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Pretoria, the shadow jury will adjudicate the four-round contest with prizes of more than R145 000.

Prof John Hinch, flautist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Pretoria, has adjudicated over one hundred music competitions and eisteddfods throughout South Africa and still continues to do so.

The shadow jury members for the 2018 competition are Nicholas Bruiners (UCT), Joshua Louis (UCT), Seul Pearl Jung (UCT), Rosemarie Lemmer (UP), Lihle Mabhula (UCT), Mulalo Mphaphuli (UCT), Chris Njapha (US), Jolandi Schaap (UP) and Cameron Williams (US).

All of them are studying music in the corresponding fields of the 19 contestants, namely piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet and saxophone.

They will score the 19 contestants, between the ages of 14 and 19 years, independently from the panel of adjudicators, consisting of prominent academic and experts in the classical music arena. The shadow jury will pick the most promising semi-finalist, who doesn’t make it to the final round of the competition.

The annual competition, presented by the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF), was started 34 years ago in Port Elizabeth by Michael Maas, founder and chairman of the NYMF.

The foundation’s vision is to identify, expose and develop youth music. It, therefore, invites former contestants and other rising stars to serve on the shadow jury, thus training a new generation of adjudicators.

“This concept offers former contestants and emerging musicians the opportunity to discover the inner workings of the adjudicating process at music contests. Since the inception of the shadow jury we have seen a strong correlation between their scores and that of the panel of adjudicators,” says Maas.

Chris Njapha, a second year BMus degree (Cello) student at the University of Stellenbosch says it is really an honour to be on the shadow jury of such a prestigious South African competition. “I would just like to somehow inspire the contestants, as I'm sure they will me. I hope to learn more about how to perform better in a competition situation, and through judging, understand what it is important when being judged.”

Prof Hinch has lectured in flute, piccolo, methodology, repertoire, music history (classical, jazz and popular), instrumentation, music aesthetics and research methodology. He has adjudicated over one hundred music competitions and eisteddfods throughout South Africa and still continues to do so.

Rosemarie Lemmer of Garsfontein, Pretoria is a second year BMus Honours degree (Piano) student at the University of Pretoria. Last year, she palmed in two prizes at the NYMC. She won the UNISA Shadow Jury Prize of R3 000 for the best semi-finalist, who was not a finalist, as well as the R2 000 Michael Masote prize for the most promising contestant in the piano category. “To be part of the shadow jury evokes an exhilarating feeling of curiosity, joy and excitement as I further explore the marvel of classical music.”

The panel of adjudicators consists of Michael Maas (Chairman); Prof Ella Fourie (piano); Mr Vaughan Pietersen (Head of Frank Pietersen Music School, Paarl); Prof Nina Schumann from Stellenbosch University (piano); Prof Corvin Matei (Head of Flute and Conducting at Stellenbosch University); Ms Khanyisile Mthetwa (lecturer in flute at Wits University); Mr John Theodore (piano); Ms Polina Burdukova (strings) and Dr Becky Steltzner (woodwind at the University of Cape Town).

Nicholas Bruiners of Mowbray, Cape Town, is a competition veteran and was one of the runners-up in the Strings category of last year’s competition. He is a first year BMus degree (Violin) student at the University of Cape Town.

Joshua Louis is a third year BMus degree (Violin) student at the University of Cape Town.

Seul Pearl is a fourth year BMus Performance degree (Cello) at the University of Cape Town).

Lihle Mabula is second year MMus degree (Flute) student at the University of Cape Town.

Malula Mphaphuli is a second year BMus degree (Flute) student at the University of Cape Town.

Gold medallist and first prize winner of the 2016 NYMC, Cameron Williams is a third year BMus degree (Clarinet and Saxophone) student at the University of Stellenbosch.

  • The finalists’ gala concert on 13 October starts at 19:00. Tickets cost R120, R90 for pensioners, students and learners. Bookings can be made at Computicket 0861 915 8000, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, or online at www.computicket.com.
  • Entrance is free to the first free rounds from 9 to 11 October at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium.
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  • The National Youth Music Competition is supported by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the Rupert Music Foundation, Joan St Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust, Nussbaum Foundation, National Lottery Commission, Overstrand Arts, the Cape Town Theatre Trust, L & S Chiappini Trust and the Ackerman Education Trust.

ISSUED BY FRIKKIE ODENDAAL FOR THE NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC FOUNDATION (NYMF)
Media Enquiries:
*Michael Maas, Chairman, NYMF, Cell: 083 659 2808
*Frikkie Odendaal, Tel: 082 577 0409 or e-mail: odendaal@afrikom.co.za
*Individual photos of shadow jury members are available from odendaal@afrikom.co.za
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Seasoned academic and music adjudicator, Prof John Hinch, will guide the shadow jury, consisting of nine millennials at the 2018 National Youth Music Competition from 9 to 13 October at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.