Christelle Engelbrecht’s love for music, children and choirs knows no boundaries.
She started her choir career at the Helderkruin Children’s Choir and later expanded her experience in choir singing in the Colla Voce (South Gauteng) Youth Choir where her love for choral singing developed further. As of 2013, Christelle assisted Colla Voce during their annual camps. Coaching children’s and youth choirs is her passion.
She has conducted the North-West Children’s Choir, the Potchefstroom High School for Girls Choir and Hoërskool Volkskool “VolksKoor” Choir. Christelle completed her BMus and MMus degree at the North West University, specialising in Piano Performance under the tuition the well-known pedagogue, Dr Truida van der Walt. Christelle has received piano masterclasses from world renowned pianists and pedagogues like Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Nicolas Philips, Mūza Rubackytè, Carolina Oltmans, Robert Auler, and Petronel Malan. She is a competent accompanist. Amongst others, she regularly accompanies for the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE), and assists in the training of these choirs. Christelle accompanied the Cantabile ladies choir, the Laerskool Mooirivier Junior Choir, the Hoërskool Volkskool Choir and the NWU Conservatory Choir. Throughout her career at the North-West University (2017-2021), she worked as an accompanist, concert series organiser, manager of the North West Youth Orchestra, and arts administrator while pursuing her academic career as chamber musician and researcher, researching parental motivation in choral settings as well as meaningful concert experiences. Christelle believes in providing youth from different communities and cultures a sustainable opportunity to learn about music through singing together. She wants to introduce the joy of choral music to the communities and promote an understanding of and a love for choral music. Christelle is currently busy with her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the NWU and teaches voice and piano at Jeppe High School for Girls.
We Are looking for an accompanist
The Colla Voce Youth Choir is seeking applications for a collaborative pianist. To perform piano accompaniment at scheduled practices, concerts, productions and as needed. If you are interested please contact our conductor.