Approximately 270 learners from Grade 1 to 12 receive music tuition at Curro. Tuition takes place during school hours. Grade 7 to 9 learners have the option to take music as a subject instead of Arts and Culture. Grade 10 to 12 learners may take music as a full school subject.
Tuition is offered in piano, recorder, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, keyboard,guitar, drums, vocal training, church organ and music theory.
Learners are entered for the following external exams: UNISA, Trinity of London, Royal Schools, ALMSA and Rock School.
We take part in the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod, Tygerberg International Eisteddfod and the Cape Town Eisteddfod.
We are very fortunate to have a beautiful Auditorium. We organise various concerts during the year to give our music students the opportunity to perform on stage. We also invite professional artists to perform at our school.
Curro has three choirs: a junior choir (Grades 1 to 3), senior choir (Grades 4 to 7) and a high school choir (Grades 8 to 12).
Our learners also participate in various music competitions every year, e.g. the Johann Vos piano competition and the Hubert van der Spuy music competition for primary-school learners. We have also had learners playing at the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival.
Music highlights of 2016
Stellenbosch Eisteddfod winners
Claire Jung (Gr 11), Stellenbosch Eisteddfod winner of the Baroque 17 years trophy
Julia Theron and Keenan Hansen (both in Grade 5) received the Piano Duet 10 years trophy, as well as the trophy for Best Piano Duet – Primary Schools at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod. They were invited to perform at the Eisteddfod’s prestige evening.
Young musos were tops at the Tygerberg International Eisteddfod
These music learners made a clean sweep in various categories at the Tygerberg International Eisteddfod. The trophy winners are (back from left) Kayla Hansen (Grade 9, piano), Ewald Diedericks (Grade 10, piano) and Dehan Germishuys (Grade 12, vocal). Middle: Julia Theron (Grade 5, piano), Keenan Hansen (Grade 5, piano), Peter Kastoor (Grade 9, piano) and Marco Erlank (Grade 8, piano and pipe organ). Front row: Caro Rossouw (Grade 6, piano), Carlia Greyling (Grade 8, keyboard), Sonika Kumm (Grade 3, piano and vocal), Claire Jung (Grade 11, piano), Mia Dippenaar (Grade 5, vocal) and Lara Müller (Grade 6, piano). Keenan Hansen, Caro Rossouw and Lara Müller (piano trio) and Ewald Diedericks and Claire Jung (piano duet) were invited to perform at the Eisteddfod’s prestige evening.
Junior Choir won the KYKnet ‘Sing in Harmonie’ choir competition.
The Junior Choir obtained 95% at the Cape Town Eisteddfod and won a medal as category winners. The choir also took part in the final round of the KYKnet ‘Sing in Harmonie’ choir competition. The Junior Choir was the overall winner in the Junior-category and won R 52 000! They were also awarded the trophy for the best sacred song. The Senior Choir did us proud by winning second place in the category for senior choirs.
World Championships for Performing Arts
Carlia Greyling was the winner of the instrumental category. She won both the Contemporary as well as the Open categories. She also won the dance category of her age group. Carlia brought 5 trophies and 2 medals back home.
Danté won the trophy for “Entertainer of Performing Arts 2016.” She was also category winner in her age group 18-24 years for Vocals, Drama and Catalogue Model. Danté has been awarded with the Pinnacle Award for the Best Contestant in her age category. She received 8 trophies and two medals. She is currently busy recording her first album that will be available in music stores soon.
Helena de Jongh, a talented pianist in Grade 3, obtained 95% in the Piano Pregrade 1 Unisa exam. Her name will appear on Unisa’s Roll of Honour for this exceptional achievement.
Talented organist won bursaries
Marco Erlank (Gr 8) won the Stellenbosch Music Society’s trophy for best achievement in organ at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod. He was also invited to perform at the Prizewinners’ Concert in the Endler Hall. At the Tygerberg Eisteddfod he won a trophy for best performance in organ. During September an interview with Marco, by Johan van Lill was broadcasted on RSG.
Marco was awarded a bursary of R 6 000 by the South African Church Organist Society, as well as a bursary of R 3 000 by the South African Fund for Organ Students. He was invited to perform at an organist conference at the Stellenbosch-West church where he played, alongside fulltime US music students, in a lunch hour concert at the Stellenbosch Conservatorium. Marco is also a talented pianist - he passed the Unisa Gr 6 piano exam with distinction.