CONDUCTOR AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Dr Michael Joseph Barrett is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Pretoria (UP), the conductor of the Tuks Camerata and a Senior Lecturer in Choral Conducting 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 UP. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from UNISA and a Performance Licentiate in Singing (2008). In 2017, Michael completed his Doctoral Degree in Choral Performance through the University of Pretoria.
Michael’s choirs have won numerous national and international awards, as well as choral competitions all over the world, including Grand Prix of Nations (Latvia 2018), The 8th World Choir Games (Latvia 2014); St Petersburg Choral Competition (Russia 2013); Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales 2012); Krakow International Advent Choral Competition (Poland 2012); Europe and its Songs (Spain 2010); and the International Youth Music Festival (Slovakia 2010). In 2017, The University of Pretoria Camerata was invited to Barcelona (Spain) to perform at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, hosted by the International Federation on Choral Music. The Camerata has also been nominated for two South African Music Awards and released three albums under his direction.
Michael is also an active composer and arranger. His music is internationally published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers and Walton Music. He is regularly invited to give workshops and adjudicate choral competitions both nationally and internationally. He regularly attends symposia and conferences all over the world to remain at the forefront of choral music education.