The competitors in the Classical Category are Leah Gunter (South Africa), Justin Kroll (USA), Megan Kahts (South Africa), Frances du Plessis (South Africa), Caroline Nkwe (South Africa), Julia Brzhetskaya (Russia), Prosper Makhanya (South Africa), Nombuso Ndlandla (South Africa), Leo Williams (USA), Thembinkosi Magagula (South Africa) and Siphokazi Molteno (South Africa).
The competitors in the Jazz Category are Emma de Goede (South Africa), Elena Friedrich Sciubba (Germany-Italy), Jekaterina Sarigina (Latvia), Tahira Clayton (USA), Ágnes Bazsinka (Hungary), Amy Campbell (South Africa), Ellie Bignall (UK), Cynthia Abraham (France), Anna-Lucia Rupp (Germany), Ganna Gryniva (Ukraine) and Lauren Scales (USA).
We are delighted that so many South African singers have passed the stringent requirements and have accepted the invitation to compete.
The finalists of the recent Unisa National Voice Competition gain automatic entry into the upcoming competition. Sopranos Palesa Malieloa and Cecilia Rangwanasha will compete in the Classical Category while Daniella Hart and Tshepo Tshabalala will take part in the Jazz Category.
Two panels will adjudicate the two categories. Barbara Hill-Moore (USA), Oswaldo Iraheta (El Salvador), Sibongile Khumalo (South Africa), Damon Nestor Ploumis (Germany) and Tomoko Takeuchi (Japan) will adjudicate the Classical Category.
The jury members for the Jazz Category are Humphrey Campbell (The Netherlands), Carla Cook (USA), Trudy Kerr (Australia/UK), Judy Niemack (Germany) and Jeff Ramsey (USA).
The Unisa Music Foundation is extremely proud to offer these young musicians an opportunity to perform at an international event.
‘We are delighted that so many South African singers have passed the stringent requirements and have accepted the invitation to compete. Their qualification for the competition is a testament to the high quality of South African performers who surpassed several international applications. The Unisa Music Foundation is extremely proud to offer these young musicians an opportunity to perform at an international event. The prize money usually provides much-needed funding for further music studies,’ says Prof Karendra Devroop, Director of the Unisa Music Foundation.