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Mr Pienaar Fourie is the man who makes it all happen. He is also the conductor of the Pretoria Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches violin on the East Rand.

Pienaar Fourie was born in Bloemfontein. He started violin lessons with Jack de Wet at the age of thirteen.  Only two years later he appeared as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. At 15 he conducted the OFS Youth Orchestra for the first time.

Pienaar studied in Bloemfontein, Siena in Italy and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under the supervision of Herbert von Karajan. He was a lecturer at the University of Potchefstroom and a violist in the SABC Symphony Orchestra. He also competed in conducting competitions in South Africa and France. In 1994 he obtained a Masters degree in Music (with distinction).

Christine Braun recently became the Organiser when Janet Dixon, or mrs. D as she was lovingly referred to, resigned after 20 years.

This is a vital role to fulfil, and Christine has embraced it with enthusiasm and passion. She sees to the smooth daily running of the orchestra and arranges anything that needs to be done for the children and for performances.

She also plays the cello in both the East Rand Youth Orchestra and the Pretoria Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently taken up the violin as well.

She is the mother of two high spirited boys.

Members are aged between 10 and 24 years and stem from Bedfordview, Edenvale, Boksburg, Benoni, Kempton Park, Daveyton and Springs. At present the orchestra has over 55 members. Of these members about 31% come from previously disadvantaged communities.

The East Rand Youth Orchestra (ERYO) was founded in 1978 to serve the community of the East Rand. The orchestra has served the community over the years by playing in churches, at fetes, shopping centres, outdoor events, school concerts and choir festivals. Furthermore the orchestra has played at a graduation ceremony for a private university and at various corporate events. In 1998 the orchestra was invited to perform in Madagascar and was the first symphony orchestra to visit Madagascar in 35 years.  In 2005 the orchestra visited Namibia, and a large number of previously disadvantaged communities were entertained and educated. In 2008 the orchestra won the Ekurhuleni Mayoral Award for the best musical production.