University of Pretoria Camerata

University of Pretoria Camerata

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The University of Pretoria – Tuks Camerata is one of five choirs that the University of Pretoria, South Africa has on its campus. The other four are The UP OVUWA, The University of Pretoria Youth Choir, The University of Pretoria Jacaranda Children’s Choir and the University of Pretoria Concert Choir. It is the official Choir of the University of Pretoria

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The Camerata was officially established on 20 March 1968. Its mission is to make a contribution towards the cultural development of the student corps and the cultural enrichment of the community through choral singing. The choir also endeavours to promote a worthy image of the University Of Pretoria through striving towards the highest possible artistic standards together with a code of conduct that meets the highest requirements of companionship.
The choir operates under the auspices of the Department of Music of the University Of Pretoria. The conductors have always aimed for high artistic values. The choir has previously been conducted by:

  • Adolf Theron
  • Willem van Tonder
  • Petru Grabe
  • Prof. Johann van der Sandt January 1999 – June 2008
  • Richter Grimbeek From August 2008 (ad interim)
  • Christo Burger From January 2009
  • Michael Joseph Barrett From April 2013

Camerata is generally a small choir with between 40 and 60 voices. The exact number differs between choir years.

Highlights and achievements

  • 1989 and 1993 – Roodepoort International Eisteddfod of South Africa, First Prize for Mixed Choirs
  • 1994 – Tallinn Choir Festival (Estonia), First Prize for Mixed Choirs
  • 1996 – Fourth International Symposium on Choral Music, Sydney (Australia), Guest Choir
  • 1999 – International Choral Competition for Advent and Christmas Music, Prague (Czech Republic), Category Winners and Overall winner of the competition
  • 2001 – SNK International Choral Competition Arnhem (Netherlands), Second Prize for Mixed Choirs
  • 2001 – Singkreis Porcia International Choral Competition, Spittal an der Drau (Austria), Winner
  • 2002 – 6th World Choral Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota (United States), Guest Choir
  • 2004 – Concert Tour to the United States
  • 2006 – Concert Tour to Kenya and Tanzania
  • 2007 – Competition Tour to Italy and concert tour to Austria, first prize in the Jazz and Pop category at the 46th CA Seghizzi International Choral Competition, Gorizia.