DSG pupils awarded Honours for Music

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

WANDITHANDA MAKANDULA

Wandi was born to sing. When she first arrived at DSG she joined the choir and has never left it. As a chorister she has sung numerous solos in Chapel, in the Cathedral and on the Monument stage. She has also honed her individual singing skills with diligent study and practice and has given numerous Open Concert and Youth Music Festival solo performances.

Her solo performance at the K-Day concert this year produced a standing ovation. Wandi has often run her own small specialist vocal ensemble for special occasions such as Youth Day celebrations, a red letter day in the Cathedral or House Music competitions.

She is a leading light in the Chapel Choir and this year she has been a dedicated committee member and the only pupil ever to conduct warm up sessions and teach the choir new music. Wandi has also been a member of the Chamber Choir for some years. In this ensemble she is often the soloist of choice and the authority on the alto harmonies.

Wandi has participated in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival for the last three years. In 2015 she auditioned for the top band but was knocked out in the final round. This year, success was at hand and she stands before you as the vocalist for the National Schools’ Big Band 2016. Already the recipient of merit and colours for both Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir, she truly deserves her award of MUSIC HONOURS.

 

TEGAN VAN DER MERWE

Tegan has been playing the piano since the age of five. In her time at DSG she has won the Junior School Hymn and March Competition twice, played solo piano at Prize-Giving in her Grade 7 year and participated in the Sanlam National Youth Music Competition.

Tegan has participated in several eisteddfods and received numerous gold and double gold awards. In 2013 and 2016 she took part in the prestigious National Atterbury piano competition and she has also participated in several National Grahamstown Music Competitions, receiving a special award in 2015.

She is currently working towards her Grade 8 UNISA piano certificate and also recently performed a solo recital at Rhodes University as part of their lunch time concert series. She is a regular performer at Open Concerts and Youth music Festivals here at DSG.

Tegan is not just a pianist. She is also a very competent bass guitarist and performs regularly with the Contemporary Band and the Wind Orchestra. In these two ensembles she has participated in two music tours and demonstrates that she is not only a soloist but a team player as well. All in all, she is a remarkable young musician with a bright future ahead of her. Already the recipient of music merit and colours, she richly deserves her award of MUSIC HONOURS.