Choirmaster:  Henk Barnard

It is with pride that Colla Voce Youth Choir introduces our conductor to you. 

Henk Barnard is married to Jenny.  This lovely couple lives in Alberton and was blessed with two daughters, Bianca and Mia.

Henk studied at the University of the Northwest in Potchefstroom and got his B.Mus. degree in 1976.  He also obtained his B.Mus (Hons.) in 1978 at the University of Pretoria.  In 1983 he received an International Diploma in the Art of Conducting from the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, Italy under the supervision of Maestro Franco Ferrara. 

He taught Music as a subject from 1977 at the Goudrif Secondary School and was also one of the founders of the Music Centre at this institution.  From 1977 to 1983 he acted as conductor of the Germiston Youth Band, one of the first youth orchestras in South Africa, and this orchestra won the first National Eistedfodd held in Roodepoort in 1981.  He also was responsible for the Cadet orchestra who also obtained the highest honours in competitions held country wide in South Africa.

He was also the conductor of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra for a while. In 1984 he started working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, where he was employed as Specialist Producer in Music. He was responsible for recordings of several professional national and international artists, choirs and orchestras during his time at the SABC.  Although not working for this institution anymore, he still makes CD’s on a freelance basis and is known for the precision and remarkable quality of his work.

He managed the National Symphony Orchestra for two years.   He was also involved with Classic FM, a music channel at one of our radio stations and was responsible for the fact that a time slot was reserved for choirs. 

In January 1998 he started the Con Spirito Music Academy, where he teaches piano, song and music theory.  Since Henk started conducting, several choirs were blessed with his special talent and abilities – his record speaks for itself. He is a very dedicated and loved teacher and conductor who is currently conducting the Concordia Secondary School Choir, the Orion Secondary School Choir, the Alberton High Girl’s Choir and the Colla Voce Youth Choir of the Southern-Gauteng Region.  He has been the conductor of Colla Voce Youth Choir since 1997. 

Henk is a renowned and highly regarded judge at Art Festivals, Eisteddfods and Competitions, a role which he has been fulfilling for the past 25 years.  He is often invited to act as external examiner and judge for the ATKV, as well as for the Department of Education and universities.