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Mimi Coertse Scholarship Competition

The Mimi Coertse Scholarship Competition

The Mimi Coertse singing competition was originally established at the University of Pretoria in 1959 to give recognition to the remarkable achievements of Kammersängerin Mimi Coertse as an opera singer.  The current purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial aid to singers from the Gauteng and North West regions who are no older than 30 to further their studies at a tertiary institution.

The winner of the Mimi Coertse competion will be awarded a scholarship by the Mimi Coertse Foundation as a part of the annual UP Music Festival. A panel of professional adjudicators will be appointed by the University of Pretoria.

Past recipients of the scholarship include the soprano, Goitsemang Lehobye and the tenor, Levy Sekgapane, who are fast making names for themselves on South African and international stages. 

The value of the first prize for 2018 is R15,000 (fifteen thousand rand) for one year. A further prize may be awarded to a finalist who is a singing student at the University of Pretoria.  

The winner of the Mimi Coertse Singing Competition will be announced at the Final Round on Tuesday 14 August at 12:00 at the Musaion Theatre of the University of Pretoria.


Conditions for entering

Candidates are not to be older than 30 years at the time of application.

NB - Only classical singers who at present reside in Gauteng and North West Province are allowed to enter.

The scholarship is available for one year only.

The winner of the scholarship may be required to present a public concert without remuneration in the Musaion. The profit will be added to the Scholarship Fund.

Previous winners of the Mimi Coertse Singing Competition are not allowed to enter again.


  • Three art songs (one should be Afrikaans)
  • One indigenous song (any culture)
  • One operetta aria
  • Two opera arias

Application deadline: 3 August 2018

The official application form, completed in full with personal details, the selected repertoire list, a short CV and a photograph are to be sent to the following e-mail address before 3 August 2018:

[email protected]


First round: Monday, 13 AUGUST 2018 at 13:30

On the strength of the information on their application forms, a maximum of six candidates will be chosen to compete in the first round. This will take place over three sessions on Monday 13 August, in the Musaion, at 13:30 in front of an audience and the panel of adjudicators. Each candidate is to perform a program of 20 minutes from his or her selected repertoire, representative of most of the prescribed genres. Candidates are to provide and pay their own accompanists. At the end of the session on Monday 13 August 2018, three to four finalists
 will be announced. The finalists will compete for the Mimi Coertse Scholarship on Tuesday 14 August 2018, at a public concert in the Musaion at 12:30.

Final round (Concert): Tuesday, 14 AUGUST 2018 at 12:30

Finalists will be expected to perform a 20 minute program (it is compulsory to include both an operetta aria and an opera aria) of their own choice with piano accompaniment. The programs that were sung at the first round on the 13th of August may be repeated.
This final round will take the form of a public concert in the Musaion on Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 at 12:30 in front of an audience.
The winner of the 2018 Mimi Coertse Singing Competition will be announced at the end of the concert.
Travelling  and accommodation costs will be at the candidates own expense.



Admission for Audience Members

R50 per person (competition sessions and final concert)



Prof Wessel van Wyk

Music Department,

University of Pretoria

0002 Pretoria

Tel: (012) 420 3747 or (012) 4204292

0713197541 Fax (012) 420 2248

e-mail: [email protected]

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