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Tuks Camerata

The University of Pretoria (Tuks) Camerata celebrated its 50th anniversary during 2018 and received many national and international accolades through the years.

Tuks Camerata falls under the auspices of The School of the Arts at the University of Pretoria and consists of 85 full-time students from a variety of study fields, including medicine, engineering, theology, law, education, economics, accounting, plant sciences and music.

In July 2017 Tuks Camerata won the prestigious Grand Prix of Nations for Best Mixed Youth Choir in Riga, Latvia therefore successfully defending their title won in July 2014.

During the same month, the University of Pretoria Camerata performed at the 11th World Symposium of Choral Music hosted by the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), taking place in Barcelona Spain.

In recent years, the choir recorded three albums, namely Phoenix (2014), Love and War (2016) and Indodana (2017). Phoenix and Love and War were nominated in the category Best Classical/Instrumental Album and Indodana for Best Traditional Music at the South African Music Awards (SAMA). All three CD were received to critical acclaim.

Michael Joseph Barrett

Michael Joseph Barrett is the conductor of the University of Pretoria (Tuks) Camerata and a Senior Lecturer in Choral Conducting in the Department of Music. He was a member of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir from 1992 to 1997.

He obtained the degrees BMus in Performing Arts (cum laude) in 2005 and MMus (Performing Arts) in 2008 specialising in choral conducting, both from the University of Pretoria. From UNISA, he holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCE) and a Performance Licentiate in Singing, both received in 2008.

In 2017, Michael completed his Doctorate of Music Degree (Performing Arts) in Choral Performance through the University of Pretoria. 

Michael’s choirs have won numerous national and international awards, as well as choral competitions all over the world, including Grand Prix of Nations (Latvia 2017), The 8th World Choir Games (Latvia 2014); St Petersburg Choral Competition (Russia 2013); Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales 2012); Krakow International Advent Choral Competition (Poland 2012); Europe and its Songs (Spain 2010); and the International Youth Music Festival (Slovakia 2010). In 2017, the Tuks Camerata was invited to perform at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain.

The choir has released three CD’s, all that were nominated for a South African Music Award for best classical album. 

Michael is an active composer and arranger. His music is internationally published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers and Walton Music. He is regularly invited to give workshops and adjudicate choral competitions both nationally and internationally. Michael is also the Executive Director and Co-Producer of “Capital Singers”, South Africa’s largest community choir project. 

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