25 September 2013 Volume :1 Issue :3

UKZN Masters Student Excels at Choir Conducting

UKZN Masters Student Excels at Choir Conducting
Mr Bhekani Buthelezi.

The University of Zululand’s Choir - led by UKZN Choral Studies Masters student, Mr Bhekani Buthelezi (32) – was placed third at the prestigious 36th Old Mutual National Choir Festival.

Buthelezi, who specialises in Choral Conducting, said he grew up in rural Ulundi and never dreamed he would enjoy the success he has.

‘I’ve loved choral from a young age and I am still extremely passionate about it. I have a supportive family and they told me that if this is what I wanted to do it was a risk worth taking.’

Buthelezi says the Old Mutual festival is the biggest choir competition in the country.

‘We started participating last year and came fourth. This year we finished third overall. It was like winning the lotto. We’ve been building towards this for the past 10 years.’

He attributes his and the Choir’s success to the support given to them by UKZN’s Lecturer in Choral Studies, Mr Phelelani Mnomiya, and his supervisor, Dr David Smith. He said both academics believe in the totality and holistic development of a conductor

‘Mr Mnomiya is inspirational and very wise. I’ve learnt a lot from him. We were also honoured by Dr David Smith’s support. He is very wise and passionate about choral music, has worked with so many choirs and understands choral music and what we go through. He’s the one that encouraged me to keep on with choral music. So I’m very grateful to them both,’ said Buthelezi.

He also thanked the University of Zululand, especially Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fikile Mazibuko.

‘The Choir is going back next year and we’re hoping to come away as champions. I’m looking forward to developing the choir and others.’

-          UKZNdabaOnlineTeam

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