MEET THE TEAM

Musical Director & Conductor  -  Christo Burger

 

CHRISTO BURGER is regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost conductors of choral music.   He obtained the degrees BMus, BMus Hons (Performing Arts) cum laude as well as MMus (Performing Arts) and  attended master classes in choral conducting at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, USA, as well as master classes in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, UK. Christo was a full-time lecturer in Choral Conducting as well as conductor of the Tuks Camerata from 2009 until 2012.

He established the following award winning choirs:

  • The St Mary’s Singers. This choir was  the overall winners of the ATKV national choir competition of 2014.
  • The AKUSTIKA CHAMBER SINGERS. In 2008 ACS won the Pavarotti trophy and the title: “Choir of the world” at the annual Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2010 ACS won the grand prize as overall winners of the Concorso Chorale Internazionale Riva del Garda competition, in Italy. In 2012 ACS was awarded the Publikum prize at the annual Spittal an der Drau choir competition in Austria. ACS is currently ranked 6th best choir in the world and 3rd best mixed choir on the “Interkultur Musica Mundi” world ranking. ACS has also performed at the prestigious Classic FM Soiree and collaborated on the soundtrack of the South African TV Drama, “Donkerland”.

Christo regularly adjudicates at national and international choral competitions. He is also acknowledged as a composer in the “African Avant Garde” choral music style, combining the story-telling of African music with Western compositional techniques. Top South African choirs at leading choral events all over the world have performed his works.

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Accompanist  -  Andrea Kayser-Mitas

Andrea Kayser-Mitas began piano lessons at a very young age of 7.  She continued her musical education and completed her BMus in Performance on the instruments Piano and Organ and also majored in Music Education.  She is currently completing a Masters degree in Music Education focusing on community service projects.

Choir Administrator -  Trudie Crouse 

manager@jacarandachoir.co.za

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