In July 2015, a panel of adjudicators and SAMRO Foundation administrators whittled down the pool of 35 applicants for this year’s Overseas Scholarships Competition, to 12 semi-finalists. This 53 year old annual competition cycles between a competition for vocalists, instrumentalists, keyboard players and composers. 2015 sees the Overseas Scholarship Competition being awarded to a top vocalist. At least three previous SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winners have gone on to be made Standard Bank Young Artists.
This year’s competition for vocalists is split into two categories namely Western Art Music (Classical) and Jazz. The winner in each category will be awarded a R170, 000 study award and the opportunity to accelerate their journey towards artistic and creative excellence. The 12 semi-finalists are made up of six competitors in each category.
Andre Le Roux, Managing Director of the SAMRO Foundation says that the competition is starting to hear “a truly South African sound”. He goes on to say that “there seems to be increased appreciation of South African composition. For us as a Foundation within Africa’s largest music rights organisation and composers’ society, this is proof that we’re doing impactful work to preserve our rich heritage and shape the new inclusive voice of our country.”
The semi finalists in each category are:
|Jazz||Western Art Music|
|Ms Amy Campbell (UCT)||Mr Khanyiso Gwenxane (TUT and UCT)|
|Ms Mikhaela Kruger (UCT)||Ms Andiswa Makana (TUT)|
|Ms Palesa Modiga (UCT)||Ms Nombuso Ndlandla (NWU)|
|Ms Nelmarie Rabie (TUT and UP)||Mr Levy Sekgapane (UCT)|
|Mr Kwena Ramahuta (UKZN)||Mr Makudupanyane Senaoana (UCT)|
|Ms Amy Walton (UCT)||Ms Victoria Stevens (UCT)|
The 12 semi-finalists are between the ages of 22 and 30, and ultimately on 29 August 2015, four of these, two in each category, will compete for the top prizes at the Linder Auditorium. This thrilling final round is open to the public, features live accompaniment, special guests and performances of a selection of musical works including a South African composition specially commissioned for the occasion.