Schollmaier Scholars

The following scholars are African, European, and South American students whose study at SMU was made possible by special gifts from the Rae and Ed Schollmaier Family Foundation from 2000 through 2010.

 

2001-2003: PATRICK TIKOLO received the BM from the University of Cape Town. Patrick was born in King Williams Town, the Eastern Cape area of South Africa where taught three years in the public schools. Patrick earned the Artist Certificate from SMU and taught in the DISD, the Allen School District and as an adjunct in the Collin County Community College System. He sings frequently at the Cape Town Opera and the Durban City Playhouse in South Africa. Professor Tikolo is presently the first black South African named to the tenured faculty of the School of Music at the University of Cape Town where he is Chair of Voice.

 

Lionel Mkhwanazi

2001-2003: LIONEL MKHWANAZI received the BM from the University of Cape Town. He was born in Soweto, earned the Artist Certificate from SMU in 2003, and the MM in May 2005. Lionel made his American debut at the Shreveport Opera and is presently a member of the Cape Town Opera Company. He has served on the faculty of the University of Wittswatersrand in Johannesburg and is currently the first black hired on the faculty of the Music School at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, SA where he is Chair of Voice.

 

Maria Jooste

2000-2001: MARIA JOOSTE received the BM from the University of Cape Town. Born in Cape Town, she studied only one year at SMU in the Artist Program, completed the Juilliard Artist Program and the Washington, D.C. Opera Young Artist Program and is currently singing throughout the world.

 

 

Bronwen Forbay2002-2004: BRONWEN FORBAY received the BM from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. A Fulbright Scholar born in Durban, Bronwen received the MM from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, the Artist Certificate from SMU, and the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has sung principal roles in Wolf Trap and in opera companies throughout the US, including Tulsa, Austin, and Cincinnati.  She has performed the role of Queen of the Night in Magic Flute, Violetta in La Traviata and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor.  Dr. Forbay served as Head of the School of Opera and Professor of voice at the University KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa for two years before returning to America to join the voice faculty at Sam Houston State University in 2012.  She resides in Waco, Texas with her husband, tenor and professor of voice at Baylor, Dr. Randall Umstead.

 

Conroy Cupido

2002-2004: CONROY CUPIDO received the BM from Stellenbosch University just outside Cape Town and afterwards completed the opera honors post doctorate program at the University of Cape Town. Conroy earned Artist Certificate in 2004 and the MM in May 2006. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas in May 2009 and is taught at the Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas before his appointment in 2010 to the faculty of North West University in Potchefstroom where he serves as Chair of Voice.

 

Simphiwe Qavane2002-2004: SIMPHIWE QAVANE completed the Opera Honors Diploma from the University of Cape Town and worked with the Cape Town Opera before starting the Artist Certificate program at SMU. A consummate artist and gifted actor, Simphiwe sang the title roles of Figaro and Porgy among the many roles he mastered during his study with Barbara Hill Moore at SMU. He received the Artist Certificate May 2004 and before starting the MM, Simphiwe passed away from complications of kidney disease on August 3, 2004.

 

Otto Maidi

2003-2005: OTTO MAIDI was a prison guard near Pretoria when he decided to apply to the AC program at SMU. He completed the Artist Certificate May 2005.  A frequent artist with the Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban companies, Mr. Maidi has begun a distinguished career in opera, singing throughout Europe and Africa, including Germany, Spain, Austria and Sweden.  He has received critical acclaim for his performances in the roles of Joe in Showboat at the Nürnberg Opera, the High Priest in Aida with the Opera Africa in Johannesburg, and he recently completed a highly celebrated run as Porgy in Covent Garden.

 

derick2003-2005: DERICK ELLIS was a policeman in Durban, SA. He earned the Artist Certificate from SMU and made his American opera debut with the Amarillo Opera Company. He is singing with the Cape Town Opera and with companies throughout Europe.

 

 

 

Lucretia-Geswint

2003-2005: LUCRETIA GESWINT received her BM from the University of Port Elizabeth. She earned the Artist Certificate May 2005 and returned to the University of Port Elizabeth to complete the MM. She was named to the faculty there in 2007 and taught until 2012 when she with her husband and son to King Williams Town to continue teaching voice.

 

 

2004-2006: THANDULWAZI NCUBE received the BM from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. She received the Artist Certificate from SMU in May 2006 and began teaching in her native Durban, South Africa. She is presently a candidate for the MM from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and she continues to teach voice and music at a high school in Durban.n.

 

 

Phandulwazi

2004-2006: PHANDULWAZI MASETI received his Honors Diploma in Voice from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He earned the Artist Certificate from SMU and was a Young Artist in the Emerging Artist Program with the Dallas Opera and SMU 2006-2008. He sang in summer 2008 with the Martina Arroyo Opera Program in NYC and in the Young Artist in the Houston Ebony Opera project. Phandulwazi returned to South Africa and is presently singing with companies throughout South Africa and Europe.

 

2005-2006: EDMUNDAS SELIUS received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Edmundas has sung in opera and concert in Germany, Poland, France, Japan, and throughout Lithuania. He recently made his debut as Alfredo in La Traviata with the Amarillo Opera and is presently a member of the Vilnius Opera Company.

 

 

2005-2006: PHUMZILE THEO MAGONGOMA received the Opera Diploma with Honors from the University of Cape Town. He began the Artist Certificate study in 2005 but returned to South Africa to perform with the Cape Town Opera. He is currently the Director of Music Education and the Arts in the Easter Cape of South Africa.

 

2006-2008: CHRISTIAAN BESTER received the BM from Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria and the MM from SMU in May 2008. Christiaan held teaching positions in Highland Park, in Plano and in the Collin County Community College systems. He served three years as a Young Artist in the Dallas Opera outreach program and he earned the Artist Certificate in 2010 at the University of North Texas where he is currently a Teaching Assistant and candidate for the DMA in Voice in May 2014.

 

2007-2009: SELBY HLANGU received the BM in Opera from the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in Durban, and he completed the Artist Certificate at SMU in May 2009. Selby continues his singing in South Africa where he currently teaches voice in the J.G. Zuma High School in Durban and is a candidate to complete the Master of Music program at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in 2014.

 

 

2007-2010: MHLABU’HLANGE BUTHELEZI received the BM in Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. He sang two seasons with the Fort Worth Opera chorus and the Dallas Opera chorus. In January 2010, Mhlaba sang the role of Allessandro in the SMU opera production of Il Re Pastore. Mhlaba earned the MM in May 2010 and returned to his native South Africa. He served as Adjunct faculty at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and as director of the Durban Choral Music program for three years. He is presently studying for the PhD in Music and is a member of the Voice Faculty at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.

 

2009-2011: SILVIA NUŇEZ is a graduate of the University of Peru in Lima. She received the MM in voice from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and the second Masters in Voice Performance at SMU. She is currently in the Artist Certificate program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas Silvia has sung recitals throughout South America and has performed with the Ft. Worth Symphony, the Chicago Simphonia and the Lima Symphony.