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Alistair McDonald

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Alistair McDonald’s professional life has largely been in the service of the symphony, opera and ballet orchestras in South Africa, spanning some 30 years in the former CAPAB, the Cape Town Symphony and Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic orchestras. He joined the full-time teaching staff at the South African College High School in Cape Town in 2006, primarily as brass-instrument teacher and ensemble coach for the concert and jazz bands. In 2011 he was appointed at the Music Department, Stellenbosch University, where he teaches trumpet students enrolled in undergraduate studies. In addition, he teaches community musicians, as well as bandsmen from the SANDF as well as SADC military bands enrolled in the Certificate Programmes in Music Literacy at the Stellenbosch and SA Army Band, Cape Town campuses.  He continues to perform on an ad hoc basis with the national orchestras as well as numerous local orchestras. He believes that musicians should be musicians for as long as they are willing and able.

Lee-Roy Simpson

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Lee-Roy Simpson’s formative music training started in the New Apostolic Church at the age of 12, on recorder. During the course of his secondary school education, he enrolled at the Beau Soleil Music Centre where studied trombone with Pamela Kierman and Nick Green and was principal trombonist in the Senior Symphonic Wind Band and Stage Band.
He initially studied commerce at Stellenbosch University, but changed to music after attending the 2005 Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. On completion of the Advanced Certificate in Music Literacy, Lee-Roy enrolled for a BMus specialising in Chamber Music performance, which he completed in 2009. He continued with post graduate music studies and completed a BMus Hons in Repertoire Studies, specialising in tenor and bass trombone, and tuba in 2010.
During the course of his music studies he attended numerous music course and festivals and toured to Germany and Austria with the MIAGI orchestra in 2009.   He was also a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra and attended the Grahamstown International Jazz Festival in 2011 where he performed as a member of the North Sea Alumni Big Band.
As a chamber musician Lee-Roy has performed with many brass ensembles around the Western Cape on bass trombone and tuba. He is a member of the T-bone Trombone Quartet which won a category prize in the National Ensemble competition in both 2012 and 2014.  As an ad hoc trombonist Lee-Roy has played with many orchestras in South Africa, mainly on bass trombone and tuba. These include the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind ensemble, The Namibian Symphony Orchestra, the Con Spirito Symphony Orchestra, WindWorx Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Cape Town Symphony and Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic orchestras.
Lee-Roy enjoys teaching, and currently instructs brass students, on a part-time basis, at Bridgehouse (Franschoek), Bellville High School, Wynberg Boys’ Primary School and Kronendal Music Academy,  Hout Bay, a community music school. He was appointed as a part-time lecturer at Stellenbosch University in 2012 to teach trombone, euphonium and tuba undergraduate brass students and military bandsmen from the SANDF and SADC bands enrolled in the Certificate Programmes in Music Literacy at the satellite campus at the SA Army Band, Cape Town.

Sean Kierman

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Sean Kierman was born in Portland, Oregon, educated in China, Pakistan, India and the United States of America, completing his BA at Antioch University in Ohio, USA. He pursued post-graduate studies at Wits University from 1966 – 67, whilst playing French horn with the SABC Symphony Orchestra and later moved to the Durban Symphony Orchestra before furthering his studies in politics and psychology at the University of the Orange Free State. He was a central figure in the establishment of the Free State Instrumental Programme and the OFS Symphony Orchestra. In 1979, he took up a lecturing position at the University of Port Elizabeth, where he initiated the brass studies programme and expanded it to one of the largest and most successful brass practices in the country by the time of his departure to Cape Town in 1987. He was appointed as senior lecturer at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town in July 1987 where he was the convener of brass studies, building up an impressive studio of brass students during his tenure. He also lectured in acoustics and conducted the University of Cape Town Wind Symphony until his retirement in December 2007.

Sean is a committee member and the conductor of the semi-professional symphonic wind ensemble, Windworx, established in 2005, and has conducted this ensemble in numerous performances throughout the Western Cape. He was conductor of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble from 2004 – 2014 , has been conductor and clinician at numerous South African National Youth Orchestra Courses and has been invited to coach and lecture for community music organisations throughout the Western and Eastern Cape. He is past-president and currently a committee member of the South African Horn Society and received the prestigious Punto award, in recognition of his distinguished contributions and service to the art of horn playing and teaching, from the International Horn Society at the 38th International Horn Symposium in 2006. His current teaching activities include teaching brass students at the University of the Western Cape Centre for the Performing Arts, instructing prospective Bandmasters as well as brass students enrolled in the Certificate Programme, Higher Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses at the Music Department, Stellenbosch and he trains and conducts the University of Stellenbosch Brass Ensemble. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Parnussus award by the Music Department, Stellenbosch University, in recognition of his contribution to brass pedagogy in South Africa.

Pamela Kierman

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Pamela Kierman graduated with a BMus from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1983 and MMus from Stellenbosch University in 2009.  She worked extensively with Children’s Theatre and the RAD Ballet in her undergraduate years as arranger and accompanist. As French hornist she was a member of the Prince Alfred’s Guard Band and first horn of the former-CAPAB orchestra in Port Elizabeth. She taught brass in the band programme at Alexander Road High School from 1986-1987 until her departure for Cape Town where she took up the appointment of brass specialist at Hoërskool Voortrekker in July 1987. She participated in the upgrading of the SACC Band in Wynberg, now the South African Army Band, Cape Town, based at Youngsfield and in 1991 was appointed as brass teacher at Plumstead High School where she headed up the music department from 1994 – 1998. She taught in the Genesis Project, an outreach programme initiated by Sean Kierman and Michael Blake at the University of Cape Town and was a part-time brass lecturer at the South African College of Music, UCT.

In 1998, she was appointed as the Head of Brass at the Beau Soleil Music Centre where she remained until her appointment in the Music Department, Stellenbosch University in 2004. At the University she co-ordinates and lectures in the brass department, conducts the Stellenbosch University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and works extensively with the Rural Engagement Programme of the Certificate Programme.  As an ad hoc horn-player, she has performed with the Cape Sinfonia, the Cape Town Chamber Orchestra, Windworx Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Con Spirito Symphony Orchestra, the former CAPAB and the Namibian Symphony Orchestra. She has also been active as a chamber musician, performing in brass quintets and horn quartets throughout the Western Cape. She is a deputy-chair of the South African Horn Society, a committee member of the semi-professional symphonic wind ensemble, Windworx and past vice-president of the Western Cape branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers

Pamela has worked extensively in the sphere of community music and regularly adjudicates community band competitions, conducts workshops with ‘community brass’ and consults with community music organisations on matters of funding, proposal writing, sustainability, brass pedagogy etc.  She was chairperson of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Community Interaction and Service-Learning Committee from 2012-2015 and co-ordinates the final year Service Learning module at SU. She is currently pursuing PhD studies at the Music Department, Stellenbosch University.

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