The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA), together with the Toyota US Woordfees presents the Youth in Music Excellence Initiative – A focused workshop in various aspects of jazz music presented by top international and local music educators, hosted at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch as part of the Woordfees programme. The initiative is supported by the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

The workshop will culminate in the selection of a YME Youth Band (senior students) with band leader Dr Andrew Lilley (UCT). On Sunday 8 March @ 18:00 the selected YME Youth Band will perform as opening act for Karen Zoid and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the Karen Zoid 20 Years Pops Concert at the Toyota US Woordfees. The YME band will continue to perform throughout the year, including paid performances at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, Suidooster Festival and International Jazz Day.

The course will consist of a series of educational and performance workshops (group lectures, ensemble and individual work) and is designed to develop, shape and elevate the young person’s musical skills and pursuits. YME takes a hands-on, holistic approach which, apart from the music lessons, also includes sessions in psychology, marketing, music business and etiquette. This speaks to the conduct of the musician as an individual and a business. Focus is placed on South African music history and culture, local influences and compositions, in order to help students to understand and nurture their individual voice and playing style.

Two categories are available for participants:
Senior Course – Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March – open to students 14 to 22 years. (3 days)
Junior Course – Saturday 7 March – open to primary school students. (1 day)

Participants will be rewarded with a certificate of attendance.

Who are the tutors?

The initiative is curated by Gavin Minter, Director of Real Wired Music, Schalk Joubert, Music Director of CTMA and Dr Andrew Lilley, Deputy Head of Department of Music, UCT.

International lectures include some of Sweden’s top jazz professionals – Fredrik Norén, lead trumpeter and musical director of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, award-winning sax player Fredrik Kronkvist, from the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and considered one of Europe`s finest alto sax players and young star drummer, Adam Ross. From Germany, Martin Zenker, lecturer in jazz bass at Munich University and honorary professor in Jazz at the Mongolian State Conservatory.

Heading the YMD programme curriculum development is UCT’s South African College of Music (SACM) Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department, Dr Andrew Lilley. Lilly will be supported by twice Metro Award winner and UCT master’s degree graduate in vocal studies cum laude, Nomfundo Xaluva, guitarist par excellence Reza Khota and Mandisi Dyantyis – international touring vocalist/trumpeter and musical director for the theatre company Isango Ensemble. Cape Jazz legend, Hilton Shilder will give a lecture on Cape Jazz and Ghoema. UCT Head of Jazz Studies, Amanda Tiffin will be giving a special guest lecture on gender -based equality in music. The YME lecturers are assisted by the Paul Roos Gymnasium Music Department.

How to secure your place?

If you are interested in participating, send an email with the following details to Vicky Davis, CTMA Programme Manager before Monday 17 February: vicky@ctma.co.za

1. The participant’s full name, age & school
2. Which course they are applying for – Senior / Junior Course
2. Name of parent/guardian or teacher
3. Contact details of parent/guardian or teacher
An acknowledgement of receipt of the application will be sent.

PLACES ARE LIMITED. Successful participants will be notified by Friday 21 February. More info on the times, schedule etc to follow.

Course runs full days. Daily lunches will be provided as well as dinner on Sunday evening before the concert. The course is free of charge. Once you have received a placement, a R100 registration fee is required. PLACES ARE LIMITED.

For any further enquiries: Vicky Davis vicky@ctma.co.za or Denise Barnes denise@ctma.co.za

CTMA is a not for profit company (NPC) that seeks to create opportunities for local, established and emerging musicians and related artists in the Western Cape.