The Music

Today the Johnman’s home, Camido, functions as the Johnman Music Centre.  Filled with the collected furniture, artworks, and books of the Johnmans, its high-ceilinged rooms provide an inspiring setting in which a variety of musical instruments are taught to all ages.  Currently 11 teachers work both individually to grow their own practical studio classes in different instruments as well as combining pupils into ensembles for concerts.

Camido’ is a picturesque Victorian villa with an atmosphere of being loved and lived in, almost as if Dorothy and Charles had just stepped out on an errand and would be home any minute.   Both were passionate about sharing knowledge.  Charles as a lecturer in English often tutored students informally at home, individually or in groups; Dorothy taught Eurythmics to generations at Rhenish School and gave cello lessons at home.  Their home was the meeting point for notable visiting musicians and venue for ensembles and music-making.

Our Teachers

Violin/ Viola

Maryke Lintvelt

Maryke Lintvelt studied at the University of Stellenbosch, where she qualified with a B.Mus. degree, majoring in Violin. She later resumed studies with Eric Rycroft and obtained a Licentiate in Performing from UNISA. She initially followed a career in teaching and worked at various institutions before joining the CAPAB orchestra in Cape Town as permanent and full-time player. During this time, she also taught at the Conservatoire of Music of the University of Stellenbosch where she was both founder member and concert master of the US String Orchestra, and the US Symphony Orchestra which toured and performed in Europe on three occasions between 1980 and 1990.

Maryke has been teaching violin and viola at the Johnman Music Centre since its inception in 1996. She also manages ‘String Along’, and performs with its various ensembles, providing music for corporate and private events.

Tel: 021 886 4099 / 082 577 1050


Helga Hofmann
van der Merwe

Helga Hofmann van der Merwe began with piano and violin lessons at the age of 9 and 10 respectively, but violin soon became a firm favourite.  While still at school, she appeared twice on the UNISA Roll of Honour for Outstanding Achievement in Violin. From an early age, she played in ensemble groups and joined the USSO (University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra) at the age of 13. She studied under Professor Jack de Wet and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music at the university of Stellenbosch, majoring in Orchestral Studies and Chamber Music. During her time as a student, she was an ad hoc member of the National Chamber Orchestra. Helga was the principal violinist of ‘Asylum Letters String Quintet’ and later joined the Afro-Jazz Band ‘TRACE’, gaining experience in the freedom and creativeness that the jazz medium has to offer. She also regularly plays at weddings and corporate functions.

A keen violin, ensemble and string orchestra teacher, Helga began her teaching career at Herschel Girls’ School in Cape Town, where she taught from 2000 to 2007. Between 2004 and 2007 she also taught part-time at both Eikestad Primary and the Kayamandi Trust Centre in Stellenbosch, as well as privately. Since 2008 she has been teaching at the Johnman Music Centre and she also joined the Somerset College Music teaching staff in 2016.

Tel: 021 887 9163 / 082 864 3124


Marelise Diener

Marelise is currently a full-time cello teacher at the Johnman Music Centre in Stellenbosch where she has been teaching for the past 14 years and where she has been appointed as coordinator of the Centre.

After Marelise received her master’s degree under the tuition of Dr Peter Martens at Stellenbosch University, her journey as both performer and teacher started.  While studying Marelise received tuition from Magdalena Roux which gave her in depth insight into cello methodology that is based on comfortable and effortless cello playing.  This methodology creates a technique for the instrument that looks through the lens of playing cello with a natural functioning and balancing of the human body. After receiving masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Heidi Litschauer, Cobus Swanepoel, Maria Kliegel and Angela Paynter (Alexander Technique specialist), she could further nurture and shape her own teaching philosophy.  She was also privileged to study under Prof Eugene Osadchy at University of North Texas, as part of her master’s degree.  All these experiences contributed into shaping her into the performer and teacher that she is today.  She feels that she will always stay a learner of the instrument to be able to discover ongoing helpful tools for her students.

Marelise also excels as performer, either as soloist or ensemble player.  She acts as player for many occasions and ensembles and has attended the International Chamber Music Festival at Stellenbosch University regular over the past years.  In her own cello studio class, she regularly forms cello ensembles for her students to give them the opportunity to take part in group music making.  Marelise strives towards creating an environment in the classroom where pupils of all generations feel safe to explore their technical abilities on the cello and in the process be mentally free to enjoy music making.

Tel: 084 882 2306


Amalia Reyneke

Amalia Reyneke obtained a BA Music (Music Technology) degree in 2012 and recently obtained a BMus Honours degree, majoring in Chamber Music at Stellenbosch University.  During undergraduate studies she received piano tuition and piano accompaniment tuition from Luis Magalhães, and received cello tuition with Anzél Gerber and Babette Roosenschoon.

Amalia had the privilege to attend a 10-day cello masterclass with Heidi Litschauer in Austria, where she received individual lessons as well as chamber music classes. Other masterclasses include those presented by Erich Oskar Huetter, Norman Fischer, Zuill Bailey and David Cohen. Amalia regularly participates in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch.

Tel: 083 456 3370


Annamarie Bam

Annamarie Bam graduated with the degrees BMus and BMus (Hons) from the University of the Free State, South Africa, having taken lessons with Harold Strebel in Cape Town and Heinrich Armer in Bloemfontein. She was the overall winner of the ATKV Forte competition and won the overseas scholarship for Performer’s Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy in London under John Davies, Richard Addison and Antony Pay as well as attended masterclasses with Karl Leister in London and Guy Deplus in Nice. Her orchestral experience began at an early age in Bloemfontein where she joined various wind bands as well as the PACOFS Orchestra as an ad hoc member. She was principal clarinet of the S.A. National Youth Orchestra for four consecutive years. When she returned from London, she joined the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra as sub-principal clarinet and was later promoted to co-principal. In 1992 she took up a full-time teaching position at the Musicon in Bloemfontein and rejoined PACOFS. As an experienced chamber musician, Annamarie has played with ‘Taffanel Trio’, the ‘Poulenc Players’ sextet, in a duo with Elna van der Merwe, and in a trio with Elna and Sabina Mossolow, on recent appearances at the Woordfees (2016, 2018), and in Sasolburg with ‘Trio Classique’, an ensemble with Benjamin van Eeden (piano) and Karen Gaertner (viola).

Annamarie teaches privately at home and at the Johnman Centre in Stellenbosch and began a recorder school (the ‘Little Crickets’) for young children in 2005. She teaches a course in clarinet repertoire and teaching methods as a part-time lecturer at the Stellenbosch University Music Conservatorium. She lives in Somerset West with her husband and two daughters. Annamarie joined the Stellenbosch City Orchestra in 2015 as clarinet player. The orchestra gave its first performances at Oude Libertas (Stellenbosch), at Lourensford (Somerset West) and, recently, in the open-air concert hall Congratia, near Oudtshoorn.

Tel: 021 851 6136 / 083 2909 703


Renée (Belcher) van den Berg

Renée (Belcher) van den Berg completed the MMus Music Therapy degree (cum laude) through the University of Pretoria in 2012 and has worked as a music therapist and therapeutic music practitioner in a range of contexts (such as adult psychiatry, paediatric palliative care, dementia care and neurorehabilitation). She has also participated as a facilitator in regenerative creativity workshops for people working in the Arts. At present she teaches saxophone and clarinet in Stellenbosch and works at Stellenbosch University as part-time lecturer in the Wind Department.

Since completing her BA Hons in English Literature and the Licentiate in Saxophone in 2000 she has taught the saxophone, clarinet, and recorder, as well as subject music, jazz band and orchestra. She has been involved in numerous community music projects such as the Western Cape Music Education Project with Ronnie Samaai (Kuils River) and the Frank Pietersen Music Centre (Paarl) where she held the position of head of the Wind Department. She has also worked as an art journalist and jazz columnist for the Afrikaans newspaper, Die Burger, specialising in jazz and culture/place specific music (including music from Zimbabwe, Senegal, Japan, France, Spain, and New Zealand). As performer, she has shared the stage with musicians, composers, and writers such as Johannes Kerkorrel, Schalk Joubert, Laurinda Hofmeyr, Pierre-Henri Wicomb and Willemien Brümmer.

As a musician who has made music with people ranging from the ages of 6 months to 80 years, Renée has experienced the value of musicking as a tool to cultivate a sense of mastery, achievement, connection, and community, not to mention the great joy it may bring us. As a lifelong learner about music, health, and well-being she is looking forward to starting her PhD.

Renée brings a wealth of experience and insight as teacher, therapist, and journalist to the Johnman as saxophone teacher.

Tel: 082 455 4421

Singing / Voice

Suzanne Erasmus

Suzanne Erasmus’s career as qualified music teacher started off in 1986 at Eikestad Primary School. In 1987 she completed the Senior Musicianship and in 1988 the Teachers Licentiate in Singing (both from UNISA). In 1993 the Higher Licentiate in Performance at the US (Cum Laude) followed. Suzanne had the opportunity to be part of a 6-month Opera Workshop Programme, under the auspices of CAPAB and UCT, where she had master classes with Evelyn Dalberg, Wayne Long, Wendy Fine, Lawrence Folley and Angelo Gobbato. In 1988 she became a member of the CAPAB ad Hoc Opera Choir, and she was awarded a CAPAB Opera studio bursary in 1994 where opportunities for solo roles followed. As part of a  CAPAB Operette tour, Suzanne was also casted as Orlofsky in The Fledermaus, and for CAPAB’s  production of The Consul  (Menotti)  and Cosi fan tutti in the Johannesburg Civic Theatre she was respectively the understudy for the Sectretary and Dorabella. She frequently participated in solo and ensemble singing with Deon Irish (St Michaels Church, Observatory) and Shirley Gie (Tafelberg). Suzanne also performed as soloist for the Tygerberg Civic Choir (Edward Aicheson), and the Stellenbosch Camerata (Acama Fick). In 1999 she was Alto Soloist for both Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Requiem (Premiere) at the KKNK and at the Stellenbosch Festival and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the Endler with Eric Rycroft as conductor. She adjudicated both at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod (2002-2004) and at Helderberg (2009). She has done coaching for children soloists and ensembles for Artscape Opera productions as well as coached an ensemble for Kyk-Net Fiesta Awards in 2009. In 2013 she obtained her MMus in Performance (singing) at the US.

As from 2010 Suzanne has been teaching individual singing full time. She has joined the Johnman Music Centre in the beginning of 2018.

Tel: 073 1685 890

Singing / Voice

Koba Wicomb

Koba Wicomb studied Music at the Stellenbosch Conservatorium, specialising in Singing and Piano for her BMus degree. She also completed a Music Teaching diploma in Singing (UTLM) at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She received voice training and singing lessons under the tutelage of Prof George van der Spuy, Mr Frederich Dalberg, and Ms Nellie du Toit. As a student and young adult, she sang in the choir of the University of Stellenbosch for thirteen years. She taught Singing, General Music Appreciation, Piano, and Theory & Harmony at Rhenish Girls’ High in Stellenbosch for thirteen years, as well as toured in Europe (with the Rhenish Girls’ High choir) as their conductor. Koba taught group singing at the Drama Department, as well as at the Department of School Music, both at Stellenbosch University. She has maintained a private singing studio for the past twenty years, and welcomes beginners and professionals, youngsters, and adults.

Tel: 082 675 5255


Marietjie Blomerus

Marietjie Blomerus obtained both a BMUS(Ed.) degree, and Church Organist Diploma from the University of Stellenbosch. Her experience as music teacher stems from years of teaching at various elementary and high schools, as well as from private music lessons offered.

Marietjie has a passion for teaching piano and music theory for all grades and aims to help everyone reach his or her utmost potential. Marietjie is also currently organist for the Dutch Reformed Church, Strand South.

Tel: 082 486 7591


Haydon Harvey

Haydon Harvey was born in Cape Town and began to take piano lessons at the age of 10. Two years later he also started with clarinet lessons at the Beau Soleil Music Centre. He pursued both instruments into his tertiary studies with piano ultimately being chosen as his primary instrument. Haydon studied piano under Benjamin van Eeden and acquired a Bachelor of Arts with Music degree at the University of Stellenbosch. He also took masterclasses with Albie van Schalkwyk, Francois du Toit and Luis Magalhaes.

In addition to classical styles, Haydon is a self-taught jazz pianist who had brief tuition at the Stellenbosch Conservatorium with Andre Peterson. Haydon has played in a variety of improvisation ensembles, most notably the Stellenbosch University Jazz Band. In 2013 he attended the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival with the SU Jazz Band. That same year his trio, the US Trio, won first prize in the jazz category of the Stellenbosch Ensemble Competition. Haydon is also a composer and has had a few of his chamber and big band works performed at the Stellenbosch University. In 2017 Haydon began teaching at the Johnman, where he maintains a full-time piano teaching studio.

Tel: 073 498 7068


Suzaan Lambrechts

Suzaan Lambrechts was born and educated in Stellenbosch. She is passionate about accompaniment, theory, piano, music development of the younger child and choirs. At the age of ten, she received the award for best overall sightreader at the Tygerberg Eisteddfod. During her school years, she appeared on the UNISA Roll of Honour for Outstanding Achievement in Piano and Organ on numerous occasions. After her Honour Roll achievement for Grade 8, in both instruments. she was invited to the UNISA Bursary Concert. As a student of Zorada Temmingh she was the category winner for organ in the National Youth Music Festival.

From a young age, her passion for accompaniment was evident. She accompanied several children as well as the school choir of Stellenbosch High during her school years. She received her B.Mus (Musicology) cum laude with Piano Performance up to her third year (under Melanie Horne) and was awarded the Chancellor’s Stipendium as best music student for the year group 1991-1994. During this time she held a position as accompaniment assistant at the University of Stellenbosch where she accompanied strings, vocals and various brass instruments. She also held a position as organist of Stellenbosch Central Church. Whilst teaching at Stellenbosch High, she completed her Hons.B.Mus (Music Education) cum laude. She was the repetitor for Mozart’s Zauberflöte performed by the US and was awarded for excellence as a teacher in music theory, by UNISA.

Suzaan taught A-level music for two years at St Marylebone’s School for Performing Arts in London, where she taught piano and accompanied instrumentalists and singers. Thereafter she resided in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga for 20 years where she succesfully established a culture of music. The Business Chamber of Lydenburg awarded her with a special individual award for her contribution to the cultural development of the town and for excellence in choir conducting, in 2017 and again in 2018. Over the past 20 years, she has taught piano and theory, accompanied various performers, developed and taught young children’s music education, and conducted (and simultaneously accompanied) three choirs. Under her guidance, the junior choir and senior choir of Laerskool Lydenburg and the senior choir of Lydenburg High were annual winners of the Lowveld Eisteddfod. The high school choir achieved second place in the national competition, “Sing in Harmonie”, and the senior choir was awarded a third place. She has developed programmes for music education for GrR-3.

Suzaan has recently relocated to Stellenbosch and will be joining the Johnman School of Music in January 2021.

Tel: 084 208 5500