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About the Musical Director

 

Kurt J. Haupt joined the UCT Choir as musical director at the start of 2013. He is currently a member of the singing department at SACM at UCT.

Kurt is a pianist, singer, actor and sometimes dancer and has called upon all of these talents throughout his career thus far.

Shortly after leaving university he landed a role in the Spier International Arts Festival's Production of THE MYSTERIES and Tony in WEST SIDE STORY. That same company then took THE MYSTERIES and Bizet's CARMEN for a successful run at Wilton's Music Hall in London. Subsequently the company toured with these two productions to the Perth International Arts Festival, and an award-winning 12 week run on London's West End, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston USA, the Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven USA, the Dublin Festival, the Toronto Arts Festival and a 12 week 12 city tour through England.

Other musical credits for the same company include Dr Frankenfurter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and Slippery Sam in THE BEGGAR'S OPERA. Kurt then joined THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA company performing in Cape Town, Pretoria, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Another credit is his portrayal of Mary Sunshine in the Broadway hit Musical, CHICAGO-THE MUSICAL, for which he received a Naledi nomination.

Kurt started his coaching career at Cape Town opera working on productions of RIGOLETTO, THE MAGIC FLUTE, WERTHER and DON GIOVANNI and Assistant Chorus Master for Brett Bailey's production of Verdi's MACBETH. As well as portraying the role of Gabriel in Janice Honeyman's STARBRITE. He was then appointed Deputy Musical Director for Pieter Toerien and Hazel Feldman's production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST entertaining audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town. His other production credits include GREASE and THE KING AND I for The Settlers High School and HAIRSPRAY for Fish Hoek High School and most recently FAME-The Musical for Camps Bay High School. Recently Kurt returned from a very successful season of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Cape Town and Johannesburg in which he played the role of Monsieur Reyer.

He then joined the ranks of the singing department at the SACM at UCT as a coach and accompanist working with young singers which he enjoys immensely.

Kurt has also done work with the COMART community choir, assisted Alex Fokkens with the Cape Town Symphony Choir as well as work with the Unqombothi Cape Town Sings Choir. Kurt is also Musical Director of the Shoprite Jonge Studente Malay Choir.