Become part of the Masterclass

Applications are invited from prospective participants in a masterclass, to be held in Pretoria in February 2015, conducted by Professor Josef Protschka from the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.

In 2012, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) initiated a vocal masterclass/scholarship programme to support young South African vocal talents. Professor Josef Protschka from the Musikhochschule in Cologne (Germany) came to South Africa to give a masterclass. At the end of the course, he chose three students: Siyabonga Maqungo, Nombuso Ndlandla and Andiswa Makana who have been studying at the Cologne Music College since autumn 2013, working on their vocal and artistic skills and going from strength to strength with their career development.

Full funding for the study programme has been provided through the efforts of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival.

The good news for South African singers is that once again, between 31 January and 6 February 2015, Professor Protschka will be offering masterclasses taking place at the University of Pretoria.

Prospective candidates are asked to send a CV and an audio recording (preferably mp3 files) to

The recording should include the following repertoire: one work each from the baroque and classical (preferably Mozart) periods, a 19th-century opera aria, plus a lied of the candidate’s choice.

Eight candidates will be accepted as active participants. The deadline for submission of application materials is 1 December 2014. Selected candidates are responsible for organising their own travel to and accommodation in Pretoria, but there is no charge for the masterclass.

One student will be chosen for a one year academic study with Professor Protschka at the Music College in Cologne. The Apollo Music Trust will cover the expenses of that year of study.

Please spread the word and apply soon to join this event with the real possibility of furthering your career. For further information please email Richard Cock at the Apollo Music Trust ( or phone +27 11 447 9264.

Mozart Masterclass

Nombuso Ndlandla and Andiswa Makana at Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2013. Photo: Johnathan Andrews

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