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Pascali Mokadi became one of the greatest success stories of ERYO’s developmental funding project.  After having received a violin from a travel company named “Seekers Travel with Flair” in 2004, he progressed to become the leader of the East Rand Youth Orchestra in 2008 and remained in that position until 2010.  He furthermore plays in the 1st violins of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra (JSO).  Twice he performed as a soloist at the JSO Youth Concerto Festival.  He was one of six South Africans selected to perform with the Swiss Youth Orchestra which toured South Africa in 2011.

The following students have received lessons on their selected instruments at the Magnet School (sponsored by the Lotto) since 2005:

Bafana Baloyi (2005 – 2010) was the leader of the ERYO in 2007 and plays in the 1st violins of the JSO.

David Nkosi was trained in the ERYO, completed his M. Mus degree at UP and is now a conductor.

Gladys Ngobeni has received lessons since 2006 and plays in the 1st violins in the ERYO as well as in the National Youth Orchestra.

Viwe Mkizwane received lessons from 2006 to 2009 and appeared as a soloist at the JSO Youth Concerto Festival. He is a member of the JSO and studies music at T.U.T.

Katlego Malapane’s cello lessons began in 2006.  Besides playing in the ERYO, he appeared as a soloist at the JSO Youth Concerto Festival and currently plays in the National Youth Orchestra. He has been invited to further his studies in Europe, and also joined the Swiss Youth Orchestra on their tour of South Africa in 2011. He is presently learning to build string instruments.