Carin Bam, new associate principal oboe and principal cor anglais from August 1, made her debut in the Johan Botha concert on August 13, 2016. As is so common in the world of music, Carin studied with guest principal oboe Sergei Burdukov at the University of Stellenbosch where she earned a B Mus from the University of Stellenbosch, before gaining her Licenciate cum laude from UNISA. She first studied oboe and the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, and returned there in 2001 as a double-reed teacher, teaching oboe and bassoon. She also became head of the woodwinds department,
While at the music centre, she also conducted the junior wind band, co-ordinated the Centre’s Silversands Primary School Development Project which is one of five development projects at the Music Centre and taught recorder, oboe and bassoon, there and in some of the other projects like that at the Riebeeckstraat Primary School. She was founder member and manager of its Adopt-a-Muzo Project, which raises funds for financially needy talented young musicians at the Centre to further their careers.
She has played in many orchestras including the KZN PO, the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra, the FS Symphony, UCT Symphony and US Symphony, as well as Camerata Tinta Barocca and of course as an ad hoc for the CPO. She is also a keen chamber musician, having had her own duo with guitarist UIiano Marchio, and is a member of the Cardea and Trio Argentum Ligno ensembles. She has played at, for instance, the Greyton Classic for All Festival and as soloist with the Winelands Orchestra, 4×2 Concert Series, Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra and Musicanti Chamber Orchestra.
Many of her students excelled in Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London board exams, as well as in local competitions so she has a great track record as a teacher and she will continue to teach there so her students will still benefit from her skills, and she will also mentor oboists in the CPYO.
So why did she become a musician? She had always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a lawyer but in her matric she realized she had no choice. It was music or nothing, and after hearing Gabriel’s oboe in The Mission that was the instrument of choice.
“I am passionate about music because I love seeing how it enriches people’s lives and how it has opened doors for my students from disadvantaged communities. Seeing how it changes their lives in truly inspirational. I also love to see and hear how music can captivate an audience and free their minds and mine in a fantastic musical journey. Creating beautiful musical moments with colleagues cannot be put in words.”
About being in the CPO, she says: “ Making beautiful music with fantastic musicians and calling that my work – what a privilege! I feel like a kid before Christmas!”
Another reason that makes her happy about being in the CPO is that she is playing in the same orchestra as her sister, violinist Renee van der Westhuizen!
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