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Tuks Camerata

TUKS Camerata Choir


Pamela Oosthuizen

Concert Manager:

Tuks Camerata &

Leo Haese Lunch Hour Concert

Humanities Building, Room 22-10

Tel: 012 420 5470

Email: [email protected]


Pamela Oosthuizen was appointed as Choir Manager in 2006.

Pamela is a qualified and experienced journalist. She was a reporter at the Pretoria News as well as journalist and photographer for in-house magazines and corporate newspapers.

Pamela is responsible for the management and administration of the University of Pretoria Camerata student choir which falls under the auspices of the Department of UP Arts.  This includes financial management and logistics for choir activities, which include concerts, tours, rehearsal camps and choir attire.

Past highlights as Choir Manager include organizing successful local and international choir tours to several countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Latvia, Poland and Spain. She also managed the choir’s participation at festivals such as the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and Innibos Arts Festival, Nelspruit, Kuesta University Choirs Festivals, Huisgenoot Skouspel and the KykNet Varsity Sing competition.

Pamela is proud to be associated with UP Arts.  She believes that her work contributes to the positive experience of student life of the Tuks Camerata choir members so that their years of study at the University of Pretoria will be remembered as the best years of their lives! 


Dr. Michael Barrett


Tuks Camerata

Humanities, Room 22-16

Tel: 012 420 4182

Email: [email protected]


Michael Joseph Barrett is the conductor of the Tuks Camerata and a lecturer in Choral Music Studies in the Department of Music. He was a member of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir from 1992 to 1997. He obtained the degrees BMus in Performing Arts (cum laude) in 2005 and MMus (Performing Arts), specialising in choral conducting from the University of Pretoria. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as a Performance Licentiate in Singing (2008) from UNISA.


Michael’s choirs have won many national and international awards for conducting.  He is an active composer and arranger and his music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers (USA). He is in high demand as an adjudicator for international choral competitions and is regularly invited to present workshops abroad. Under his leadership, the Tuks Camerata has been invited to the World Symposium on Choral Music (Spain 2017), crowned Champions at the World Choir Games (Latvia 2014), and produced three CDs, namely Phoenix (2015), Love and War (2016) and Indodana (2017).  

Onderstepoort Community Choir


Edwin Mitas


Onderstepoort Community Choir

Tel: 083 721 4309

Office: 012 351 4070

Email: [email protected]


Edwin Mitas was born in Claremont, Cape Town on 15 November 1984. Bred in the little Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, Edwin showed a love for sport and music at a very young age. He excelled equally in both, achieving provincial colours in rugby and conducting choirs from the age of 12.

It was eventually his passion for music that saw him relocate to Pretoria in 2004 to pursue his musical career in the SA Air Force. He currently serves as principal clarinettist (ATCL) in the SA Air Force band and resident conductor of the SA Air Force choir. He recently obtained his Licentiate in music directing (LRSM) under the mentorship of Gerben Grooten.

Edwin also leads the New Apostolic Gauteng Choir and Orchestra, which under his direction has released two successful albums: "Ewe Jesu" in 2014 & "Joy in Christ" in 2015.  He participated in master classes led by Prof Echardt Klem (Germany) 2013, Prof Alfred Brady (Salt Lake City, USA) and Dr. Eugene Rodgers (Mens Glee Club, Michigan, USA) 2016 .  He was also invited to compete in the Len Van Zyl conducting competition under Victor Yampolski (2015). 

In February 2017, Edwin was appointed as resident conductor of UP Onderstepoort Community Choir.




- Author Nicole Hoffmann
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