Mission

Kronendal Music Academy (KMA) affords children the opportunity to explore the magic of music. KMA provides an opportunity for becoming a professional musician. KMA contributes to improving the fabric of our South African society by turning the creative potential of our residents into assets to reduce despair and build bridges.

Vision

All children develop their talents and confidence through access to music and musical instruments, developing dignity and self-worth and creating community cohesion.

Executive Board

Jackie Pollock

Chairperson

BAFA (UCT) 1987 (Honours Fine Art Degree majoring in History of Art and Studio Work Lithography) HDE (UCT) 1989 (High School Art Teacher); Adv. Cert. Counselling & Communication Skills: Coaching (SACAP) 2015; B Soc Sci Hons Psych (SACAP) 2016; Jackie believes in ‘paying it forward’ and lectured Leadership and Self Development at TSiBA for two and a half years. TSiBA is an NPO offering Business Degrees with a focus on encouraging entrepreneurial skills and providing mentorship for previously disadvantaged individuals.

Beccy Kellond

Vice-Chairperson

Beccy is a partner at Moonlighting Commercials (Pty) Ltd: a film production services company based in Cape Town that services the production of tv commercials for clients from all over the world. Born and raised in the UK, Beccy worked in marketing and branding in London for companies including United Airlines and Siegelgale before moving to South Africa in 2002. She currently resides in Hout Bay with her husband Richard and their two children.

Wade Audagnotti

Treasurer

Wade is an entrepreneur who primarily participates in the property sector. He has decades of experience in managing, developing and investing in South African commercial property. Furthermore he has on online retailer, selling furniture related products nationally. He also is a board member of various charities such as KMA.

Eloise Williams


Secretary

Eloise is a qualified corporate coach specialising in support to assignees from all over the world to overcome and manage cultural differences. She is also a qualified TEFL and TEFL Business English trainer. Previously worked as GM in various industries and started her career with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria with subsequent diplomatic postings to London and Tel Aviv. A University of Stellenbosch graduate Eloise has lived and worked as an expatriate in many countries over the past 20 years. She is passionate about education, language and communication and facilitating these across language and cultural barriers.

Staff

Dwyn Griesel

Founder & CEO

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Ms Dwyn Griesel has some 28 years teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cape Town, majoring in Composition and Arrangement. Dwyn began KMA with her entire paternal inheritance in 2007 and has since received the Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in The Arts as well as the Lions Club Louis Volks Humanitarian Award. She has studied many diverse disciplines such as proof reading, copy editing, aromatherapy and reflexology and is an avid lover of nature and animals.

Charmaine Groep

General Manager

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Charmaine joined KMA in March 2016 and has extensive experience in senior administration. Charmaine oversees communications at KMA as well as general operations requirements, and is also PA to the Director.

Jenny Braaf

Administration Secretary

info@kmahoutbay.org

Jenny began working for KMA in 2011 as a supervisor for the funded pupils in the afternoons at a local church in her Hangberg community. When KMA moved to Oakburn in 2012 she joined the team as admin secretary and the friendly front of house face.

Siphosethu Tyekana

Marketing and Social Media

Sethu joined KMA in 2018 as an intern from SETA. She has a National Diploma in Marketing at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is a member of the local Ingoma Choir from Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.

Andile Petelo

Property Manager

As a resident of Imizamu Yethu, Andile first got involved with KMA at James House Children’s Home in Hout Bay in 2011 where Andile supervised the practising and attendance of these sponsored pupils. In 2012 he joined the Academy fulltime. Andile is a highly respected member of his community and a much loved pastor in his church.

Shirley Dakuse

Household & Kitchen

Shirley lives in Imizamu Yethu and is an elder and preacher in her church and an active member of her community. Shirley is always smiling and caring and a surrogate mother to all the KMA children and staff.

Teachers

Emil Bruwer

Brass Teacher

Emil joined the South African Navy Band in January 2015, having previously taught and conducted fulltime at Collegiate Junior School for girls in Port Elizabeth for two years. He has extensive experience playing in both professional and amateur orchestras and ensembles, as well as teaching in numerous settings, as well as in conducting. He is passionate about community outreach work and received his B Mus [Cum laude] from Stellenbosch University in French horn performance, my other majors being chamber music and musicology.

Ingrid Snaith

Violin and Viola Teacher

Belgian by birth, Ingrid’s musical history includes studies at the Conservatoire of Music (Brussels), sub-principal player in the Royal Opera House Orchestra (Brussels), the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. Her teaching experience spans some 36 years at various state and private schools, Durban Music School, and outreach programmes such as MIAGI and the CPO Development Programme.

Jono Prest

Head of Music; Brass and Jazz Band Teacher

Jono’s music career started at school playing in the Edujazz Big Band, the Marc De Kock Big Band, Rondebosch Boys’ High School Bands and SACS Big Band and he received 2 awards for his service to school and band. He was selected for the Standard Bank National Schools Big Band from 2011 to 2013, two years of which he played lead trumpet. Jono acquired his BMus Jazz Performance at UCT, whilst played in the UCT Big Band as well as the UCT Wind Band and Symphony Orchestra. A multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, violin, piano, guitar), Jono also studied brass teaching at a beginner level. Since 2015 he has taught composition through digital audio work stations for movie clip scoring, remixing or thematic composing at M:Tech online. He has been a band member for the Nomadic Orchestra, since 2014. The band has played on South Africa’s well known stages and music festivals,released 2 albums and toured extensively to Europe. He has been involved in tutoring High School Mathematics and Physical Science for projects such as Qolora Education Centre (Eastern Cape) and Spirit Foundation (Western Cape).

Kirstyn Botha

Flute and Recorder Teacher

With an MMus in Music Therapy, Kirstyn’s teaching experience includes Choir direction, Flute, theory and Recorder tuition at various institutions in and around Cape Town, including the prestigious Beau Soleil Music School. She also runs her own Music Therapy organisation, ‘Estrela Music Therapy’, which provides essential musical activities at the Athlone School for the Blind. Here she assesses children in need, provides music therapy to both individuals and classes and offers feedback to school teams.

Oliver Schenk

Drum Kit Teacher

Oliver is a passionate music teacher whose love for music started more than 25 years ago. As a young Swiss man, he started his musical journey in Havana Cuba where he was taught Afro-Cuban Percussion by various Cuban masters. His journey then led him to New York City where, after studying at “Drummers Collective” under Bobby Sanabria and Memo Ascevedo, he played with various local salsa orchestras before starting his own Salsa Project. He currently resides and teaches music at a number of Cape Town schools, including the highly respected Bergvliet music department.

Simon Van Harte

Bass Teacher

With a BSc. Chemical Science degree behind him, Simon has focused his working life on teaching bass. As an alumni of the distinguished Bergvliet High School Jazz bands, Simon learnt his skills from Cape Town aficionado, Darryl Andrews, whilst also serving in the prestigious George Werner Little Giants Jazz Band. He has extensive experience as a bass player in numerous productions and bands and is presently resident bass teacher at Bergvliet High School.

Sky Dladla

African Instruments Teacher

Sky has been performing on African Instruments since 2013 when she joined maestro Dizu Plaatjies and his internationally acclaimed group ‘Ibuymabo’. She has a post-graduate diploma in African Music and has travelled extensively in Africa learning and performing various African Instruments. She has established a highly successful African Instruments performing group, ‘Blackroots Marimbas’ and currently teaches at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch.

Stanislav Angelov

Accordion and Orchestra Teacher

Stanislav received numerous awards prior to 1985 and was accepted at The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv-Bulgaria, where he studied Accordion with Prof. Peter Marinov and graduated with a degree in Accordion in 1991. Whilst teaching at the Constantine Preslavsky University in Shumen, Stanislav competed and performed in Bulgaria, France and Poland as a soloist or member of different ensembles orchestras. In 1992 he moved to Cape Town, where he now performs, records and teaches. Stanislav has recorded for the SABC as well as for many radio and TV adverts and has featured on many South African Artistes’ releases.