John Woodland – Founder and Director
John is the founder and director 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 (2010-2012), firmly entrenching the group in the musical life of the university, after which time he joined the St George’s Singers under Barry Smith. John is currently working as a postdoctoral medicinal chemist at the Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) at UCT, having recently completed his doctorate in the Department of Chemistry at the same institution. He has been with Fine Music Radio since 2006 and can be heard presenting the live broadcasts of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s symphony concerts, for which he also shares the pre-concert talks.
Kyle Paulssen – Manager
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.
Bernice Taljaard – Money Manager
Bernice is responsible for the financial side of VOX Cape Town, including handling the group’s cash and financial reporting. As a registered NPO, VOX is responsible for submitting a set of annual financial statements each year, for which Bernice is responsible. Bernice holds degrees in accounting and law, and is currently in the final year of her accounting articles.
Fi Smit – Community
PREVIOUSLY ON THE VOX CREATIVE TEAM
Elinor Driver – Community
For 2018 and 2019, Elinor was responsible for developing novel ways for VOX to interact with its community. She worked with both the development of a strong internal community through social events within the choir, as well as building bridges between VOX and the greater community in Cape Town. While the former creates stronger bonds amongst singers, resulting in a more cohesive sound, the latter is an important part of VOX’s overall vision as a choral collective. The primary goal was working within a variety of different settings to build lasting relationships that can raise awareness of choral music and the incredible transformations that can occur when creating music with a group of people. Elinor has a degree in Fine Arts and Anthropology and, during her tenure on the Creative Team, was busy expanding her understanding of the human being through a Bachelors in Education specialising in Waldorf Education.
Michael Marchant – Policy | Strategy | Finances
Michael was responsible for developing the internal policies of VOX and ensuring its sustainability through partnerships and other strategies between 2016 and 2018. A tenor in the group, he also played 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.
James Rink – Art | Development | Analytics
James was responsible for VOX’s art design and the continued development of VOX’s web-presence, including SEO, digital marketing, and web-analytics, between 2016 and 2017. James supported 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.