Wakkerstroom Bursary Competition 2014 in beautiful Wakkerstroom, WELCOME!
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The Wakkerstroom Music Festival will be holding its second bursary competition October 17-18 in the quaint village of Wakkerstroom, Southern Mpumalanga.
The Wakkerstroom bursary competition is held every second year. Its aim is to promote the development of young classical musical talent in the country through rewarding significant bursaries to talented individuals. Voice and all instruments (except the organ) is eligible for the competition. Entrants must be between the ages of 17 and 25 and must be South African or must have permanent residence.
The adjudicating panel comprises of professional musicians, music professors and critics. The funds to host the competition and afford the bursary prizes are derived through external sponsorships and through a percentage of funds accumulated during the annual Wakkerstroom Music Festival. The bursary fund for 2014 is R150 000. Another R20 000 is allocated to enhance aspiring young and local musicians as part of a community project. These monies will be used for private tuition, master classes etc
The competition ensures an extreme level of competitiveness and encourages innovation, rigour and the discipline necessary for the mastering of classical music and public performance.
The 2012 Bursary Competition through generous sponsorships and surpluses generated from the 2011 and 2012 Festivals rewarded R200 000 in bursaries to the following young musicians
Abraham Mennen – Saxophonist
Jacques-Pierre Malan – Cellist
Willem de Beer – Pianist
Megan-Geoffrey Prins – Pianist