The Team

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Staffing of the program has grown and changed dramatically over the years. Instructors at the Free State Musicon have always been part of the Mangaung String Program, but there was a high turnover for the first 10 years. This turnover can be attributed primarily to other job opportunities in bigger cities. The program has had the benefit of specialist instructors, Tilla Henkins (cello), Peter Guy (double bass) Derick Ochse (violin UFS), Francois Henkins (violin UFS) and Elspeth Neary (violin UFS). But without the group teachers who introduce children to the violin and the firm groundwork they lay, there would be no one for the specialists to teach. From 2007 former pupils, starting with Japie Ngqondi and Moeketsi Khang joined the program as instructors on an hourly basis. They were joined in 2008 by Tsholofelo Sereeco, Gift Hess and Tsholofelo Tshikare and others followed in the subsequent years. The aim of this intern program was to give young people who had just finished their matric exams a year to decide on their future course. For some who were unable to find work in the formal sector this became a lifeline to support themselves until they were able to find full time employment. In August 2012, the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation absorbed 4 of the part time instructors as full time Junior Instructors at the Musicon. This has been a major step in stabilizing the program for the future. An interesting aspect of some of the staff is the ability to perform various jobs in the program. Gift Hess and Peter Guy each drive one of the busses and give violin tuition. Amanda Synman maintains much of the administrative side of the program, teaches violin and drives one of the busses. Since 2001 the University of the Free State has paid for hourly ad-hoc violin lecturers and then seconded them to the program. This arrangement has been renewed for the past 14 years. This of course gave the program access to skilled, experienced professional violin instructors for the most committed and promising pupils in the program.

Meet the Team

Peter Guy
founder and director

Francois Henkins
senior violin instructor

Elspeth Neary
senior violin instructor

Peter Guy
founder and director

Boipelo Galeboe
violin instructor

Andile Samela
driver

Chonelle Smith
violin instructor/ repairs

Tsholofelo Tshikare
violin instructor

Tsholofelo Serecco
camp coordinator/violin and viola instructor

Japie Nqondi
violin and viola instructor

Gift Hess
violin and viola instructor

Andile Samela
driver

Chonelle Smith
violin instructor/ repairs

Tsholofelo Tshikare
violin instructor

Tsholofelo Serecco
camp coordinator/violin and viola instructor

Japie Nqondi
violin and viola instructor

Gift Hess
violin and viola instructor

Noel Khumalo
senior piano instructor

Sergio Abdiziet
violin instructor/driver

Lofentse Lekalake
administrator/violin instructor

Victoria Seekoei
administrator/violin instructor

Stacey Janse
administrator/violin instructor

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