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Consecutive international win for OSM Camerata
The OSM Camerata is once again a winner, sharing the first prize in the Ictus International Music Competition with the Oklahoma State University.

If Einstein’s string theory had a musical undertone, one would think it is because of the sweet melodies of the Odeion School of Music Cameratas’ (OSMC) violins and cellos. It should therefore come as no surprise that OSMC won the 2018 International Ictus Music Competition, again. The ensemble has been paving the way to numerous successes since its inception in 2012.

This year, however, the OSMC is sharing the first prize with the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr Thomas Dickey. The OSMC’s competition recital for 2018 was conducted by principle conductor, Xavier Cloete. Acclaimed violist Elsabé Raath, joined the OSMC artistic team in 2017 as string clinician.

OSMC the jewel in crown

The OSMC is based at the Odeion School of Music (OSM) at the University of the Free State UFS) and was strategically founded as the OSM’s flagship ensemble with the main objective, creating a catalyst for excellence. “From a pedagogical perspective, it serves as a feasible incubator to nurture fully-rounded musicians who are thoroughly prepared for the demands of their trade as orchestral musicians, soloists and conductors,” said Marius Coetzee founder of the OSMC.

“Ms Raath also made her debut as conductor during the 2018 Ictus Music Competition where she conducted O Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messiaen,” said Coetzee, founder of the OSMC. Elsabé was also conductor during the 2018 Ictus Music competition.

The OSMC’s concert programme for Ictus 2018 also consisted of works by Jacobus Gallus/Lance Phillip, Béla Bartók, Peteris Vasks/Keith Moss, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach.

Ictus an ideal platform


The Ictus International Music Competition is an online music competition for wind bands, orchestras and solo trumpet. It has been described by David Bilger of the Philadelphia Orchestra as “democratising music competitions”. Ictus was founded to make international music competitions more accessible though eliminating prohibitive travel costs, conference fees and visa issues. This was made possible through having the application and adjudication take place online only. 

You can listen to OMSC Ictus submissions here:

Duo Seraphim Jabobus Gallus/Lance Phillip
Romanian Folk Dances/ Román népi táncok Béla Bartók
Kekatu Dziesma (Carnival Song) Peteris Vasks/Keith Moss

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Vishuis the best Koshuisrugby team in the country
2012-04-11

Photo: Varsity Cup
11 April 2012


The best in koshuis rugby. That is the title Vishuis Residence rugby team can use with pride. Vishuis gave Stellenbosch University’s Dagbreek Residence a drubbing with a 44-26 win. They clinched the 2012 Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships title on Monday 9 April 2012 at the Tuks Rugby Stadium in Pretoria. 

It is the second time that Vishuis has won the tournament. Kovsies now has three Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship titles. Armentum won the title in 2009 and Vishuis won its first title in 2010.

Vishuis went into finals unbeaten, whipping residences from the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on their way to victory. The Kovsie students beat Steinhoff Mopanie from Tuks 26-18 in a round three match and thrashed TUT’s Steinhoff Monitor 133-13 in a round five match. The Vishuis team beat Steinhoff Dagbreek 15-14 in their first match of the tournament.  The Kovsies played five matches in total.

Vishuis team manager and fellow-coach, Gerhard Meyer, said it was only the third time that his team had participated in the tournament. Meyer, who played in the Vishuis team that won the tournament in 2010, said winning the Championship as player and fellow-coach was a personal highlight. “Taking it step by step, the hard work of the boys has been rewarded.”
 

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