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Music conductors get together at Gospel Choir Festival

Music conductors get together at Gospel Choir Festival

The popularity of being a member of a performing choir was reflected in the surprisingly large number of choir conductors from all over Namibia who came together at the end of May, for a technical workshop as part of the Gospel Choir Festival.

Coinciding with the National Choir Festival, the Conductors’ workshop was held at Jan Mohr High School in Windhoek. More than 35 very eager conductors attended the informative sessions in the workshop.

The workshop was hosted in partnership with the Namibia Gospel Music Trust which provided the technical expertise on the day through training on music notation, reading and choral language.

The workshop was facilitated by Mr Bonny Pereko and Mr Engelhardt #Unaeb. One of the participating conductors Ms. Paula Kimm from the Betesda Gospel Group in Okahandja said “I found the day to be very informative, very productive and very fruitful”

Ms Joan Biwa, representing the sponsor, Old Mutual, said “The workshop was intended to provide key information to participating conductors to prepare them for the regional auditions”.

The regional auditions will start in August 2017 in selected towns such as Otjiwarango, Walvisbay, Ongwediva, Keetmanshoop and Windhoek. All people who enjoy choir or gospel music are invited to atted these open-to-the-public events.

More information can be found on the Old Mutual Namibia Facebook page and the “Old Mutual do great things” webpage.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.