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Adjudicators announced for top singing competition

Some of South Africa’s best voice teachers have confirmed their availability to serve on the panel of the Second Unisa National Voice Competition taking place this winter at Unisa in Pretoria.

Debbie Mari from Durban will serve on the Jazz Jury, while soprano Hanli Stapela will serve on the Classical Jury.

The competition will feature two categories: Jazz and Classical. The jazz vocalists will be adjudicated by Debbie Mari, Nthabiseng Motsepe, Mageshen Naidoo, Nicky Schrire and Amanda Tiffin. The classical vocalists will be adjudicated by Lize Coetzer, Conroy Cupido, Hanli Stapela, Hanna van Niekerk and Thami Zungu.

More than R250 000 worth of prizes will be awarded. The competition is being made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and additional support from Unisa.

Classical vocalists will compete on 8 and 10 July in Round 1 and Round 2 respectively. The Jazz Category will commence with Round 1 on 9 July and continue with Round 2 on 11 July.

All competitors will perform in both the first rounds. After the second round the semi-finalists will be announced.  The semi-final round will also be divided into two days. The classical finalists will perform on Wednesday 12 July and the jazz finalists on Thursday 13 July.

Only four vocalists will be chosen to perform in the final round—two per category.

The requirements for the competition are extremely high and to be admitted to the competition is already an achievement. Competitors must be able to perform four live rounds, all with different songs. Furthermore, in the final round their ability to perform with a rhythm section (Jazz Category) and full orchestra (Classical Category) will be tested.

Lovers of vocal music can look forward to a variety of some of the best loved vocal repertoire: From coloratura arias such as Glitter and be Gay by Bernstein to famous jazz standards such as Ellington’s Caravan are on the programme.

More information about the competitors will be available closer to the event.

Tickets for Rounds 1 to 3 will be sold at the door. Final round tickets will be sold at Computicket.

*By Alet Venter

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