We are a flourishing, dynamic String department with ever-increasing numbers (at present 66 students) and 2 full-time and 5 part-time lecturers.

Tuition is offered in Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (Performing, First Instrument, Second Instrument).

The Guitar and Harp sections form part of the String Department.

String students receive training of outstanding standard, with many opportunities for solo, ensemble and orchestral playing. The most advanced students become members of the US Camerata, an ensemble with international exposure, for example performances with Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman.

Students are also introduced to Historically-informed Performance Practice, with Prof Pauline Nobes (Manchester, Würzburg) as visiting Extraordinary Professor.

Our goal is to make every student the best possible performer that they could be. Former students are in prominent positions in South Africa and overseas.
Students regularly receive master classes from visiting lecturers/soloists.

Violin

Louis van der Watt

lvdw2@sun.ac.za

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Suzanne Martens

martens@sun.ac.za

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Viola

Louis van der Watt

lvdw2@sun.ac.za

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Cello

Bass

Babette Roosenschoon

babette.leroux@gmail.com

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Mariechen Meyer

micksmeyer@hotmail.com

Harp

We have a very small harp department with students from various musical backgrounds- from beginners to more advanced, those taking harp for their own enjoyment, or as part of the Certificate or B.Mus. programs, as a first, second or even third instrument, or as exchange/overseas students.