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Kingsmead College celebrates musical achievement

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kingsmead College, in Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng, would like to pay tribute to the school’s 2016 head girl, Amy Stessl. Late last year, Stessl won the University of South Africa (Unisa) South African Music Scholarship Competition.

She also won awards for the best performance of a Romantic work, and best performance of a work by a South African composer. Stessl is also a gold President’s Award winner and the recipient of the Dux Scholar trophy at Kingsmead College. Stessl was a student at Kingsmead College for 13 years, from grades 0—12. She was the recipient of the Claire Unger Memorial Award for demonstrating character and true leadership.

Stessl also played in the Stellenbosch Festival Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, National Concert Orchestra and the Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) Youth Orchestra, with which she toured Europe. Stessl performed as a soloist with the Rand Symphony Orchestra and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in their respective youth concerto festivals.

She has competed in several national music competitions, and has the following accolades to her name: winner of the Wind category of the Roedean Music Competition (twice); Most Promising Flautist at the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT) Festival; semi-finalist in the Philip Moore Competition (twice); second place in the Woodwind category of the National Artscape Competition; finalist in the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (ATKV) Music Competition (twice); winning the UNISA Shadow Jury Prize (one year), and finalist in the National Youth Music Competition.

And when it was time to “hit the books”, Stessl achieved eight distinctions in the most recent matriculation examinations. 


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