With more than a 100 music competition adjudication experience behind him, renowned flautist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Pretoria, Prof John Hinch, will advise this year’s shadow jury at the National Youth Music Competition from 9 to 13 October at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.
In is his illustrious career thus far John de Courteille Hinch studied flute with Geoffrey Gilbert at the Guildhall School of Music in London and in 1968 was appointed Principal Flute in the Durban Symphony Orchestra; in 1978 he became Principal Piccolo in the National Symphony Orchestra, accepting a lecturing post at the University of Pretoria in 1982.
In 1989 he established the Flute Federation of South Africa, and became the Editor of FLUFSA News. In 2001 he obtained his doctorate, being made Associate Professor shortly thereafter. He has now retired and is a Professor Emeritus of the university.
As music lecturer he has lectured in flute, piccolo, methodology, repertoire, music history (classical, jazz and popular), instrumentation, music aesthetics and research methodology. He was for many years a member of the Faculty’s Research Proposal and Ethics Committee. He was Head of the Department of Music from mid-2005 until retirement in mid-2008.
Although theoretically retired, he continued until June 2014 as Chair of the Departmental Research Committee, taught flute, and lectured courses in both History of Popular Music and History of Baroque Instrumental Music. He has been study leader for over fifty post-graduate students, and his flute students and ex-students have reaped numerous national and international awards. They continue to perform and teach across the globe. He currently still examines for various South African universities.
His research papers have been presented at ISME, RIME (Exeter, UK), Music and Language (Aberdeen, UK), and Southern African Musicological Society conferences; numerous articles have been published in a variety of educational and research journals.
The 2018 shadow jury stands to gain invaluable insights as Prof Hinch has three decade of experience as an adjudicator. He has adjudicated over one hundred music competitions and eisteddfods throughout South Africa, and still continues to do so.
In January 2015 he relocated from Pretoria to Cape Town and is still actively involved in the academic and music milieu of South Africa.