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Wednesday, November 23, 2016


 Deadline: February 24, 2017.

The Unisa Music Foundation has announced the long-awaited Second Unisa National Voice Competition which will take place from 8 to 15 July, 2017.

The competition is being made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and additional support from Unisa. Similar to the recent national piano competition, this competition will consist of two categories: Jazz and Classical.

South African vocalists are invited to enter for the competition no later than February 24, 2017. Candidates must submit a DVD for the Qualifying Round and approximately 20 candidates will be invited to attend the live competition in the Z K Matthews Great Hall in Pretoria in July next year.

The age limit is 30 years.

Classical vocalists must include an aria from the 17th or 18th centuries, two art songs of which one must be in German and an opera or concert aria on their DVD recording.

Jazz vocalists must include a jazz standard (medium or up-tempo swing) that includes a minimum of two choruses of improvisation, a Latin American or South African jazz standard that includes a minimum of two choruses of improvisation and a jazz ballad that includes one chorus of improvisation.

The main prize in each category is R70,000 with the runner-up in each category winning R40,000. Special prizes will also be awarded.

“South Africa is blessed with a huge number of talented vocalists. We hope to provide these promising young musicians with a platform to improve and hone their skills as performers. The prize money will also enable the winners to further their studies,” says Professor Karendra Devroop, Artistic Director of the Unisa National and International Music Competitions.

The previous Unisa National Voice Competition was presented in 2005 and Erica Eloff was the winner. She currently enjoys a prestigious international vocal career.

The rules, regulations and entry form are available from the Unisa Music Foundation. Contact Alet Venter ( or 012 429 3336) for more information.