John Woodland – Director
John is the director and founder of VOX Cape Town. Inspired by the diverse musical traditions of the Cape, John’s background as an organist led to a passionate interest in choral music. For three years John directed the University of Cape Town Choir, firmly entrenching the group in the musical life of the university, after which time he joined the St George’s Singers. John is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UCT, having recently completed his doctorate in the Department of Chemistry at the same institution. He has been a presenter on Fine Music Radio since 2006.
Kyle Paulssen – Events | Logistics | Finances
Kyle is responsible for coordinating VOX and its major events from both logistical and financial perspectives, mediating between different parties and organising most non-musical aspects of the group. A singer in the choir, he also manages the website and social media presence and tends to the human needs of the singers during rehearsals (tea and coffee!). Kyle volunteers as a presenter on Fine Music Radio and is currently a medical student and postgraduate researcher in clinical anatomy at UCT.
James Rink – Art | Development | Analytics
James is responsible for VOX’s art design and the continued development of VOX’s web-presence, including SEO, digital marketing, and web-analytics. James supports VOX with a range of creative and analytical skills from a diverse academic background and enjoys a history of collaboration with John on art direction for musical projects. James currently works in web development and studies psychology at UCT.
Michael Marchant – Policy | Strategy | Sustainability
Michael is responsible for developing the internal policies of VOX and ensuring its sustainability through partnerships and other strategies. A tenor in the choir, he also plays an important role in the musical development of the group by acting as a liaison between the singers and the Creative Team. Michael is a Research Associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, working on issues of economic crime and human rights violations. He is also studying towards an LLB through UNISA.
Many of our singers play important creative roles in VOX Cape Town as well. Jenni van Doesburgh maintains VOX’s Instragram presence. Stephanie Pulker assists with vocal coaching and the auditioning of new singers. Elinor Auerbach organises VOX’s social programme.