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Stephanie Vos

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Stephanie is the project leader of the Interdisciplinary Forum for Popular Music (ifPOP) at Africa Open. She comes to this project from a research perspective that crosses disciplinary boundaries (exile and displacement), and a music practice (South African jazz) that exceeds narrow understandings of genre, and which exists in tension with notions of “the popular”. Stephanie’s doctoral research, undertaken at Royal Holloway, University of London, was an inquiry into discourses of South African exile in the 1960s through the lens of jazz. Abdullah Ibrahim’s music of the 1960s was a focal point in this research project.

Stephanie has taught at Unisa, and tutored at Stellenbosch University and Royal Holloway. She has presented her research at various conferences in the USA, UK, Europe and South Africa, and is currently the Secretary of the South African Society for Research in Music. Stephanie regularly experiments with the interface between the academic and public spheres. To this effect, she has curated film screenings in the UK, and organised two symposia on Music and Exile in partnership with Goethe Institute (Johannesburg).

ifPOP is the realization of an interdisciplinary research and artistic platform upon which Stephanie would like to see her (future) work.

Stephanus Muller

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Stephanus Muller is Professor of Music and Director of Africa Open, Institute for Music, Research and Innovation (AOI) (https://aoinstitute.ac.za/), which functions autonomously from the Music Department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has worked and published on South African composers, and at AOI he supervises postgraduate students working on academic topics, performance-based studies and composition. He is the co-editor of South African Music Studies (SAMUS) (https://www.sasrim.ac.za/samus/), and the publisher of herri (https://herri.org.za). For more information about his research and publications, see https://aoinstitute.ac.za/fellow_core_team/stephanus-muller/ and  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanus_Muller

Ramon Alexander

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Pianist and composer Ramon Alexander is considered a leading exponent of Cape Jazz. He studied jazz piano under Merton Barrow at The Jazz Workshop in Cape Town after he finished high school. He however graduated with a B.Sc.Agric) from Stellenbosch University in 2004 in viticulture and oenology.

Since he was selected as pianist for the Standard Bank National Youth Big Band in 2004, Alexander worked with a variety of artists such as Robbie Jansen, Errol Dyers, McCoy Mrubata, Mark Hauser, Tuur Forizone , Frank Paco’s Art Ensemble, Japanese trumpet legend, Terumasa Hino and The Cape Jazz Band, led by veteran drummer Jack Momple.

His ensemble has performed at numerous local and international music festivals, notably the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Borneo International Jazz Festival, The Darling Music Experience as well a residency at No Black Tie Jazz Clubin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019.

Alexander has two albums to his credit. (Picnic at Kontiki [2011] and Echoes from Louwskloof [2015] ). In 2018 Cape Jazz Pianowas released by Mountain Records. He’s also produced numerous recording projects across various genres, most notably Essence of Spring [2018] by Cape Town jazz icon Ibrahim Khalil Shihab.

He also regularly conducts jazz ensemble workshops youth bands in the Western Cape.

Renée van den Berg

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Renée (Belcher) van den Berg completed the MMus Music Therapy degree (cum laude) through the University of Pretoria in 2012 and has worked as a music therapist in a range of diverse contexts. Since completing her BA Hons in English Literature and the Licentiate in Saxophone in 2000 she has taught the saxophone, clarinet and recorder, as well as subject music, jazz band and orchestra. She has been involved in numerous Community Music projects such as the Western Cape Music Education Project with Ronnie Samaai (Kuils River) and the Frank Pietersen Music Centre (Paarl) where she held the position of head of the Wind Department. She has also worked as an arts journalist and jazz columnist for the Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger, specialising in jazz, African music and World music. Renée brings a wealth of experience and insight as teacher, therapist and journalist to the Saxophone section as Orchestral Studies and Teaching Method lecturer.

Joshua Frank

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Joshua Frank completed a master’s degree in musicology through the Stellenbosch University Music Department in 2019, and took up a part-time lecturing post at the same institution the following year. His principal research interest is the empirical study of musical emotions, with occasional forays into the evolutionary origins of music and aspects of Baroque performance practice.

Joshua’s undergraduate studies were focused on performance, and he maintains an active profile playing the guitar, recorder, and oboe. He performs in various settings, with emphasis on orchestral playing and Baroque chamber music. Outside of the context of strict Western Art Music, he explores the possibilities of the folk-classical idiom as a member of the ensemble Here Be Dragons.

Winand Grundling

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Winand Grundling completed his schooling at Brandwag High School in Uitenhage and obtained a BMus degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He began his organ studies under Colin Campbell in 2002 and has since given organ recitals on national and international level. In 2006, Winand was chosen as one of seventeen organists worldwide to attend the Canadian International Organ Summer School in Calgary. He passed his ATCL Trinity Recital (Licentiate) examinations, as well as his Unisa Performance Licentiate with distinction. In 2012, he received the degree BMus Hons (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University with the guidance of Mario Nell. In 2012, Winand attended master classes presented by Professor Yin Kim (University of Seoul), as well as Professors Ton Koopman, Jean-Claude Zhender, Louis Bolliviard and Peter Planyavski at the International Haarlem Organ Summer School in the Netherlands, and Professor David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, USA. In 2014 and 2015, he attended the International Bach Academy in Amsterdam (Waalse Church) hosted by Jaques van Oortmerssen. On national level, Winand has won the following competitions and prizes: Overall winner of the ABSA National Youth Music Competition, Organ category winner at the ATKV Muziq Competition, the Charles Bryars Bursary, the SAMRO Merit Award, the Mabel Quick Music Bursary, as well as overall winner of the Unisa Overseas Music Bursary Competition, the ATKV Muziq Competition, and the SAKOV Overseas Music Bursary Competition. At the 2012 Klein-Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), Winand received two Kanna Awards for his production, 14 Stasies van die Kruis – for Best Classical Music Production and Best Upcoming Artist. Winand is the organist of the Dutch Reformed Church Stellenbosch-Welgelegen and is an accompanist for various choirs and South African artists. Winand teaches music full-time at Parel-Vallei High School in Somerset West.

Willemien Froneman

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Willemien Froneman is an extraordinary associate professor at AOI. She writes about white musical aesthetics in South Africa, mainly through the lens of boeremusiek—a marginal and much-stigmatized genre of South African folk music. She coedits the journal SAMUS: South African Music Studies.

Leonore Bredekamp

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Leonore Bredekamp completed BAMus at the Stellenbosch University and holds an MPhil in Modern Foreign Languages (Technology Enhanced Language Instruction). She has been involved in ethnomusicological research as multi-media specialist and lectures music technology on first year level in the BMus programme. She is actively involved in theatre productions and ensembles as electric – and acoustic bassist.

Annamarie Bam

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Annamarie Bam graduated with the degrees B.Mus and B.Mus(Hons) from the University of the Free State, South Africa, having taken lessons with Harold Strebel in Cape Town and Heinrich Armer in Bloemfontein. She was the overall winner of the ATKV Forte competition and won the overseas scholarship for Performer’s Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy in London under John Davies, Richard Addison and Antony Pay and also attended master with Karl Leister in London and Guy Deplus in Nice. Her orchestral experience began at an early age in Bloemfontein where she joined various wind bands and also the PACOFS Orchestra as an ad hoc member. She was principal clarinet of the S.A. National Youth Orchestra for four consecutive years. When she returned from London, she joined the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra as sub-principal clarinet and was later promoted to co-principal. In 1992 she took up a full-time teaching position at the Musicon in Bloemfontein and rejoined PACOFS. As an experienced chamber musician, Annamarie has played with ‘Taffanel Trio’, the ‘Poulenc Players’ sextet, in a duo with Elna van der Merwe, and in a trio with Elna and Sabina Mossolow, on recent appearances at the Woordfees (2016, 2018), and in Sasolburg with ‘Trio Classique’, an ensemble with Benjamin van Eeden (piano) and Karen Gaertner (viola).

Annamarie teaches privately at home and at the Johnman Centre in Stellenbosch and began a recorder school (the ‘Little Crickets’) for young children in 2005. She teaches a course in clarinet repertoire and teaching methods as a part-time lecturer at the Stellenbosch University Music Conservatorium. She lives in Somerset West with her husband and two daughters. Annamarie joined the Stellenbosch City Orchestra in 2015 as clarinet player. The orchestra gave its first performances at Oude Libertas (Stellenbosch), at Lourensford (Somerset West) and, recently, in the open air concert hall Congratia, near Oudtshoorn.

Daniel Prozesky

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Daniel Prozesky obtained a Professional Diploma in Performance in 2010 from L’Institut de Ribaupierre and a BMus in 2011 (dux, cum laude) from the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland under renowned Swiss clarinettist Frédéric Rapin. He has performed with all of the major orchestras in South Africa and has been principal clarinet of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015. He is also an ardent chamber musician and performs throughout South Africa. Since 2015 he has tutored and performed at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. Daniel is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and freelances as a designer in Cape Town.