Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

Mrs A Behr

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
Tel: 012 484 1058


  • BMus (cum laude) (UP)
  • MA in Musicology (cum laude) (Uni. of Stellenbosch) 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Afrikaans music
  • Afrikaans music historiography
  • Jewish music
  • Jewish music historiography
  • Art music composition in South Africa
  • Art music practice in South Africa 

Field of Specialisation

  • Musicology
  • Archives
  • Content analysis


Book chapters:

  • Songs, Singing and Spaces in South Africa: Afrikaans Folk Songs in Nationalist Publications. Speculum Musicae. Volume 22. Edited by Massimiliano Sala. Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini: Pistoia. 

Journal articles

  • 2015: The Hans Kramer Collection at the National Library, Cape Town: an archival perspective on Jewish patronage of music in 20th-century South Africa. Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. Vol. 12(1)
  • 2014: Book review: Stephanus Muller: Nagmusiek. Johannesburg: Fourthwall Books, 2014, 3 volumes: I 228 pp.; II 148 pp.; III 540 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9922263-2-9. Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa, Vol. 11(2):133-135.
  • 2013: Deon Opperman en Janine Neething se Die Skepping—’n Skouspel. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Vol. 50(2):161-166
  • 2010. Die Europese musiektradisie en die ontwikkeling van ’n Afrikaner-identiteit: ’n Oorsig van Afrikaanse musiekjoernalistiek in Die Brandwag (1910–1921) en Die Nuwe Brandwag (1929–1933). Litnet Akademies. 7 (3): Desember 2010.
  • 2010. Reflections on Music and Exile: North-South Narratives. Musicus. Vol. 38(1):81-166.
  • 2009. Reflections on a seminar in celebration of Kevin Volans’s sixtieth birthday in Stellenbosch. Musicus. Vol. 37(2):88-89.
  • 2009. Erik Chisholm, Scottish Modernist 1904–1965: Chasing a Restless Muse By Purser, John (2009). Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. Vol. 6(1):84-86.
  • 2008. Pretoria, ZK Matthews Hall: 85th Birthday concert for Stefans Grové. Tempo, Vol. 62(243):60-61.
  • 2007. Emerging Solutions for Musical Arts Education in Africa. Onder redaksie van Anri Herbst. Fontes Artis Musicae. Vol. 54(3):379.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • 2015-2017: Academic Qualifications Improvement Programme – University of South Africa
  • 2015: Reviews Editor, Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa
  • 2009-1014: Secretary, SASRIM (South African Society for Research in Music)
  • 2010: Lifelong member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
  • 2009: H.B. and M.J. Thom Prize, F.A.K. (Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge), for outstanding research in the field of Musicology. 


  • DPhil: Jewish musical life in twentieth century South Africa: Constructing history from music reportage