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UP Arts Choral Directorate

UP Youth Choir

 

Lhente-Mari Pitout

Artistic Director:

UP Youth Choir

Tel: 083 556 0477

Email: conductor@upyouthchoir.co.za

 

Lhente-Mari Pitout is a passionate musician and music educator in the rich traditions of the South African choral field. She works as a musician, conductor and adjudicator in both classical and contemporary   genres. She regularly travels to Europe and North America to work as choral clinician or adjudicator at national and international festivals. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her contributions to the arts as a singer and conductor.  She has acted as the Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed University of Pretoria Youth Choir since 2005.

The University of Pretoria Youth Choir forms part of the multi-choir model of the University of Pretoria. This regional multicultural youth choir consists of 90 singers between the ages of 14 and 19 years from 33 schools in the greater Tshwane area in Gauteng, South Africa. They represent the full diversity of South Africa and embracing this diversity gave this wonderful youth choir their unforgettable passionate sound and musicality.  

Herman Swanepoel

Assistant Conductor and UP Liason

UP Youth Choir

Tel: 079 152 9242

Email: upyouthchoir@gmail.com

   

Jacaranda Children's Choir

 

Trudie Crouse

Manager:

Jacaranda Children's Choir

Tel: 082 979 4348

Email: manager@jacarandachoir.co.za

   

Christo Burger

Conductor:

Jacaranda Children's Choir

Tel: 079 880 1043

Email: akustika2@gmail.com

   

Onderstepoort Community Choir

 
 

 Edwin Mitas

Conductor:

Onderstepoort Community Choir

Tel: 083 721 4309

Office: 012 351 4070

Email: ehmitas@gmail.com

 

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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