Karina Erasmus (Du Preez) was born in Port Elizabeth. She grew up on a farm, Essenbos, nearby Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape. She completed matric at the Paul Sauer High School on Kareedouw. She completed her music studies at the University of Port Elizabeth, now Nelson Mandela University. Her main instrument was singing. During her studies she performed in several operas and musicals produced by CAPAB. Karina was a soloist of the choir of the University of Port Elizabeth. In 1981 she was the founder of the choir.
After moving to the Western Cape Karina continued her singing lessons with Elizabeth Heyns at the University of Stellenbosch while teaching music in Paarl at the Boys High Primary School. After two years she moved on to La Rochelle Primary School. In 1990 she moved to Cape Town and started teaching at Goodwood Park Primary School where she became the head of the music section. When her daughters joined the Tygerberg Children’s Choir in 1999, she had to end her membership of the Tygerberg City Choir and became involved in training voice groups of TCC. She has a passion for choir singing and loves to work with children.
Marelize Koch was appointed as the choir’s accompanist since January 2019.
TCC Management Committee
A Choir Committee assists the conductor and is responsible for the administration, tour and general arrangements.
Karina Erasmus: Conductor
Bredell Brink: Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Tour Leader
Mariette Botev: Secretary and Auditions
Renè Strydom: Music Personnel Representative
Karlien Matthee: Clothing
Laurentia Franz: Catering
Ambrose Isaacs: Logistics
Jermaine Hartley: Fundraising and Discipline
Marelize Koch, Renè Strydom, Karen de Goede, Madri Gerber, Annatjie Brand, Bardene Bell.
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