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The Creative Evolutionist:
Musician, Educator, Technologist, Conductor, Strategist, Psychologist
Now more than ever music educators need to be all-round specialists. The creative evolutionist is a pioneer in this new world, navigating education and meaning on an entirely new level. No longer can a musician be one thing, we need to be everything: always adapt, constantly learn, evolve, think out of the box.
These are strange, yet exciting times: Opportunity is calling! The question is: Will you answer?
Michael Joseph Barrett is the director of Choral Activities at the University of Pretoria, the conductor of the Tuks Camerata, co-owner of South Africa’s largest community choir (the Capital Singers), and a senior lecturer in Choral Conducting in the Department of Music. He holds a Master of Music in Performing Arts, specializing in choral conducting, and in 2017 completed his Doctoral Degree in Choral Performance through the University of Pretoria.
Michael is also an active composer and arranger. He is regularly invited to give workshops and adjudicate choral competitions both nationally and internationally. Michael’s choirs have received numerous national and international awards and The Camerata has also been nominated for two South African Music Awards and released three albums under his direction.