Katherine McClelland is the director of Music Voyage. Katherine studied music and has worked as both a performer and a teacher.
She started with Music Voyage as a volunteer in one of the informal settlements in the Midlands and is now running the project.
She is passionate about creating uplifting opportunities for others to empower them to change their lives and make a lasting difference in their communities through the inspiration, beauty, and discipline of music.
Thami Langa is from Mpophomeni and has a natural talent for training choral ensembles. He has worked with many of the KZN
Midlands farm schools and has achieved outstanding results. He is a valuable asset to Music Voyage for his facilitation in class music which involves implementing school choirs and training them to performance level. He also plays a valuable role in our marimba band.
Delisile Masango is our community liaison officer and provides the essential task of networking and communicating with communities. She also runs and monitors practice sessions for musicians. Deli is making good progress in gaining knowledge of the administrative skills required in running such a programme.
Dumisane Mnculwane is a teacher, lives in Bruntville, Mooi River, and is the musical director of our brass band. He holds a position on our advisory board and is a natural leader by the exemplary example he sets. Dumisani is passionate about music and the life changing role it can play. Dumisani has inspired many of our students through his passion and good humour.
Nonhlanhla Mlotshwa is the retired principal of a rural school. She is a member of our advisory board and plays an essential role in encouraging youth to follow a path of skills development and responsibility. She provides a vital communication link between Music Voyage and the community it serves.
Wesley Lewis is our very talented and accomplished saxophone teacher. He is the Concert Master of the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band and has been a member since 2004. He studied Music at UKZN and he plays both the clarinet and saxophone. Wesley teaches at many schools around the KZN Midlands and his Music Voyage students have really excelled under his instruction.
Allan Travers has been playing the guitar for almost 60 years! He taught himself to read guitar notation and then went on to study classical guitar. He teaches the classical/finger style method helping the students to learn to read music. Allan enjoys the reward of seeing the progress of the Music Voyage students as they learn to read music and play an instrument – a valuable life-long skill.
Pierre Frenzel, is our violin teacher and has played since age 8. He has been part of the KZN Youth Orchestra and was concert master for two years of this time. He was also chosen for the National Youth Orchestra. Pierre loves teaching the violin and his Music Voyage students hold a special place in his heart.
Miss Barbee hales from the United States of America. Some of her accomplishments include Mass Choir and Band Director, drummer, recording background vocalist and gospel rapper. Like Music Voyage, Miss Barbee believes an Idea can change the world! She is a true road runner, burning layers of musical and entrepreneurial tread throughout our communities, in order to see that very idea, become a reality.
Vanessa Hounsell joined the Music Voyage team in 2018 to assist with administration. Vanessa is a business consultant, who is passionate about empowering individuals and working with organisations that are making a real difference in our local communities. Vanessa is the secretary of the Music Voyage Board.
Christo Loots is an active musician and music educator in the Midlands area. He performs in many different bands across the genres from Folk and Jazz to Rock & Roll. He is especially interested in the role music education can play in positively affecting students lives. He is delighted to be teaching violin to the Music Voyage pupils.
Fiona Bull has been teaching music for thirty years, the past ten of which have been in Howick. She has a specific interest in involving children in musical performance, including singing, instrumental playing, acting and dancing. Her musical tastes are eclectic – ranging from classical to traditional South African music right through to the songs children listen to every day on their devices. Although she trained as a classical singer and cellist, Fiona also teaches and plays the piano, guitar and recorder. Her desire is to spread the joy of creative music-making amongst the children she teaches.
Helen Mennie is the founder of Music Voyage and she ran the project successfully for 8 years. Helen has many years experience of teaching piano, guitar, recorder and violin. She also has valuable experience at grass roots community level.