Organist wins national bursary competition

Hendrick Mphande

DETERMINATION and hard work have paid off for Arnu Oelofse, a first year BMus student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who recently won the South African Organ Society (Sakov) bursary competition.

The competition was divided into various categories, with a total of six undergraduate bursaries up for grabs.

He was awarded a bursary in organ studies to the value of R20000, which he will use to pay off his studies. “I was ecstatic about winning,” Oelofse said. “I felt a sense of accomplishment as a result of the recognition for my hard work.”

The organ is Oelofse’s first instrument. “To me, the music created by an organ is the most beautiful,” he said.

“The sound it produces embodies many other instruments, so even though only one person is playing it gives the effect of an overall orchestra.”

The 19-year-old former Framesby High School pupil hopes to perform organ music one day at an international level. He also has his sights set on teaching music, but his passion lies in creating and performing.

NMMU spokeswoman Roslyn Baatjies said Oelofes’s bursary was proof of his hard work and commitment.

“NMMU is indeed proud of his achievements and we are sure that his hard work will benefit him even more in the years to come,” Baatjies said.

Oelofse can be seen alongside other music students at the NMMU Organ Studio Concert at the Dutch Reformed Church in Summerstrand tomorrow from 1pm.

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