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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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Shimlas start Varsity Cup victoriously!
2014-02-04

Kovsies’ Shimlas gave the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) a fierce welcome in their first Varsity Cup match on Monday night at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein.

Shimlas beat Wits 31–15 in the first round of the 2014 Varsity Cup Rugby tournament. The home side took the lead on the scoreboard early on with two converted tries.

Wits, who still played in the Varsity Shield tournament last year, managed to score a try seven minutes before halftime. However, a penalty kick by Shimlas’ fly-half, Gouws Prinsloo, put the Kovsie team in an 18–5 lead at the end of the first half. The second half saw both sides score two more tries, attaining a four-try bonus point on the log for Shimlas.

Proud Shimla captain, Elandre Huggett, was named the Player that Rocks after the match. Shimlas will face NWU Pukke in this coming Monday’s round two fixtures at the Fanie du Toit Stadium in Potchefstroom on 10 February 2014.

Shimla scorers
Tries: Oupa Mohoje, Divandre Strydom, Fanie van der Walt, Tienie Burger
Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (3)
Penalties: Prinsloo (1)

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