Dwyn Griesel
Founder and Director
Ms Dwyn Griesel (B.Mus. Jazz Studies) has some 28 years teaching experience, with 6 of those spent teaching music fulltime at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School. Besides her passion for working with children, her ideal of creating a way to unite the communities in Hout Bay underpinned her decision to develop an Academy of Music free of racial, economical and social barriers. Grateful for the privilege of living in beautiful Hout Bay, Dwyn sought to “give back” to her community in a meaningful and connecting way and in 2007 KMA was essentially born out of a simple idea to create a community choir. She has since received the Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in The Arts as well as the Lions Club Louis Volks Humanitarian Award. Dwyn’s experience over the years has equipped her with an understanding of the importance of dealing with children in an holistic manner, ensuring all levels of development are taken into account in the work KMA does. She has lived in Hout Bay since 1992. She has studied many diverse disciplines such as proof reading, copy editing, aromatherapy and reflexology and is an avid lover of nature and animals.
Michelle Pearce
PR & Fundraising
Michelle joined our team in June 2018 as our PR and Fundraising person.

Michelle began playing musical instruments from an early age, starting with the recorder and moving on to the flute, piccolo, oboe, piano and saxophone.

After graduating from UCT in 2002 with a BmusEd and Honours in African Music Michelle moved to London where she worked in the field of education as a mainstream and special needs supply teacher. In 2009, after gaining a Masters in Music Therapy from Roehampton University, Michelle ran her own Music Therapy and Teaching business working alongside a number of schools, charities and care homes. In 2012 she project managed a music therapy project for children under five from impoverished backgrounds funded by the British charity Children in Need.

Returning to Cape Town in 2015 Michelle managed the Africa Voices Trust charity as well as being the event and logistics manager for Shy Music.

Charmaine Groep
General Manager
Charmaine joined KMA in March 2016 and has extensive experience in senior administration. She has worked in the NGO world before and understands the legalities and good practise required, whilst still being sensitive to the world of humanitarian care. Charmaine oversees communications at KMA as well as general operations requirements, and is also PA to the Director. Her gentle yet firm manner works wonders with discipline issues amongst the pupils and her IT skills keep our systems efficient and user-friendly.
Jenny Braaf
Administration Secretary
Jenny began working for KMA in 2011 as a supervisor for the funded pupils in the afternoons at a local church in her Hangberg community. When KMA moved to Oakburn in 2012 she joined the team as admin secretary. Jenny has had much experience working with the public and she is the friendly front of house face and voice you encounter when first contacting the school.
Andile Petelo
Property Manager
As a resident of Imizamu Yethu, Andile first got involved with KMA at James House Children’s Home in Hout Bay in 2011 where KMA held some of its lessons. Andile supervised the practising and attendance of these sponsored pupils, until KMA moved into Oakburn in 2012, when he joined the school fulltime. His extensive and varied experience as electrician, woodworker, handyman, driver and his work with the youth, has proved invaluable to the organisation. Andile is a highly respected member of his community and a much loved pastor in his church.
Shirley Dakuse
Shirley lives in Imizamu Yethu and works as the Executive Housekeeper and Chef for feeding our supported pupils.  Shirley is an elder and preacher in her church and an active member of her community.  Shirley is always smiling and caring and a surrogate mother to all the KMA children and staff.
David Langford
Brass Teacher
David grew up in Port Elizabeth where he began tuition on euphonium at the age of 10. Teachers who he wishes to thank are Jeff Taylor, Boris Mohr, Robin Small and Shawn Lyon. After school, David began studies with Sean Kierman at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. During his time at UCT, he began studying the trombone and bass trombone and completed a Bachelors in Music Performance in 2008. The following year David was appointed bass trombonist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He is excited to be associated with the Kronendal Music Academy and is looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.
Keenan Stevens
Keenan began his University career at UWC in a B.Sc, but found his passion in music when he completed a music course at Stellenbosch University in 2008. Keenan has taught extensively at schools over the past 7 years, including the Marion Institute, Battswood Arts Centre, Rainbow Academy and Auburn House, where he specializes in children on the autism spectrum. For several years he has complimented his teaching career with performances in and around Cape Town.
Lee-Roy Simpson
Brass Teacher
Lee-Roy’s formative music training started in the New Apostolic Church at the age of 12, on recorder. During his secondary school education, he enrolled at the Beau Soleil Music Centre where studied trombone and was principal trombonist in the Senior Symphonic Wind Band and Stage Band. On completion of the Advanced Certificate in Music Literacy, Lee-Roy completed a BMus in 2009at Stellenbosch University, specialising in Chamber Music performance. He continued with a BMus Hons in Repertoire Studies, during which he toured to Germany and Austria with the MIAGI orchestra. Lee-Roy has formed part of numerous Orchestras including the South African National Youth Orchestra and the North Sea Alumni Big, the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind ensemble, The Namibian Symphony Orchestra, the Con Spirito Symphony Orchestra, WindWorx Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Cape Town Symphony and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic orchestras. In 2012 Lee-Roy was appointed as a part-time brass lecturer at Stellenbosch University to teach military bandsmen from the SANDF and SADC bands and he currently instructs brass students on a part-time basis at numerous schools in Cape Town.
Lorna Field
Piano Teacher
Lorna studied piano under Laura Searle at the SA College of Music, UCT, and received her BMus (H.D.E) in 1977. After graduating and studying voice for a further 4 years, she joined jazz vocal a cappella group Tangerine, and shared the stage at The Grahamstown Festival twice, the Artscape and Baxter Theatres, Oude Libertas Amphitheatre and live national television, among others. After 25 years of training school choirs, she decided to specialise in small, select vocal groups of talented students.  Lorna’s vocal groups have performed for Artscape Schools Week, have toured nationally and recorded in private studios. Lorna’s pupils have had a consistently good record of success in Trinity College of London Exams.  She has been involved with the direction and musical direction of at least 8 major school productions and countless smaller events at Wynberg Girls’ Junior School and Micklefield School.  She has always accompanied her own vocal ensembles and, occasionally, instrumentalists on request. Currently, besides teaching at KMA, she is the accompanist for 2 choirs at Micklefield and the Senior Choir at the Grove Primary School in Claremont.
Lynne Donson
Cello Teacher
Lynne Donson began her musical education in the New Apostolic Church. She started the cello in 2003 at the Beau Soleil Music Centre where she subsequently won the Matric Performers competition in 2012. She enrolled at the University of Cape Town in 2013 and started her studies under the guidance of Marian Lewin. She has participated in master classes with Julian Arp (Germany), Erich Oskar Huetter (Austria) and members of the Arianna String Quartet (United States of America). She also participated in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra workshop with the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Lynne is currently the principal cellist of the UCTSO and served as co-leader of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the past 2 years. In April 2013 she took part in the MIAGI Youth Orchestra course. Lynne has participated in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and she was the principal cellist of the National Youth Concert Orchestra for 3 years.
Lungi Chilli
Electric Bass Teacher
Lungi hails from rural Kwa-Zulu Natal where he attended high school at Umbilo Secondary School in 1998 and he moved to Cape Town in 2002. He did waitering and barman jobs in various pubs and restaurants before he enrolled with KMA as a funded electric bass guitar student. He toured 6 cities in Germany with the KMA Jazz Band in 2012 and in 2013 he began his tertiary studies at UCT Music College in Jazz Performance, fully funded by a bursary from the University. He has been on the deans merit list and been involved in tutoring the new Jazz intakes in Music Theory. He is currently in his final year. Lungi started teaching for KMA in 2017 and this has completed a full circle for both him and KMA: Pupil becomes teacher.
Kelly Bell
Brass and Jazz Band Teacher
Kelly is a freelance performing artist and arranger, based in Cape Town. She studied Jazz Performance at the University of Cape Town and holds a B. Mus Honours in Pedagogy Jazz Studies. She has recorded on award winning albums and she was selected for the National Youth Big Band in 2002 and 2003. She is a music educator and mentor at a number of schools in Cape Town and has commenced with her Masters in music in 2017.
Morgan King
Piano and Woodwind Teacher
Cape Town based musician Morgan King started his musical journey in life starting with Piano and recorder at aged 7, he was tutored in Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Saxophone  and Flute through high school. He studied Jazz performance at UCT and started teaching music in 2006. He has taught at some of the top schools in the Western Cape. Morgan also has an extensive performance history playing for numerous bands and local artists and is also experienced in sound engineering and recording. Morgan is one of two jazz teachers at KMA and is assisting with developing the Jazz Department for the school. Beside teaching at KMA, he is also currently directing the Sans Souci Jazz Cats.
Sebastian Guile
Drum Kit Teacher
Sebastian, also known as “The Hitman”, started playing drums at the age of 6. He obtained a distinction for his Trinity college performers certificate examination while still in matric. Sebastian graduated in 2009 with a B.Mus Education Studies degree, with distinctions in drum set and music education. Sebastian has taught both nationally and internationally, runs regular drum clinics and is a professional performer in his own right. His endorsements include Mapex drums and Zildjian cymbals and he has had a featured interview in the SA Drums and percussion magazine. In 2016 he founded “Harmony Music Foundation”, a non-profit organization that travels to children’s homes and orphanages to teach music.
Shirley Sutherland
Voice and Children's Choir Teacher
Shirley has studied classical music and drama for over 10 years. She completed her matric at The National Arts School in Johannesburg and then graduated with a Diploma in Opera under Sarita Stern at The University of Cape Town. She continued with a National Higher Diploma in Opera (Cum Laude) at The Tswane University in Pretoria under the tutelage of Eric Muller and has an Honours degree in Music Performance, under the tutelage of Angelo Gobbato. A vibrant and charismatic performer with a dazzling soprano voice, Shirley has performed a wide variety of leading operatic and stage musical roles in South Africa, Germany and Sweden. She received the Cape Times Award for the best leading lady in a musical, for her role as Roxie in “Chicago”. Shirley has developed a strong operatic, musicals and sacred repertoire, and has been a soloist in various oratorios with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. She formed part of the Pretoria based ‘Black Tie-Ensemble’ with Mimi Coertse as well as the ‘Opera Studio’ with Cape Town Opera. Away from performance, Shirley is a proud mother of 3, part-time singing teacher and she conducts various vocal ensembles and choirs.
Stanislav Angelov
Accordion and Junior Orchestra Teacher
Stanislav received his first Accordion as a present from his parents at age of 5. He started formal lessons at the age of 8 in his native town Shumen (Bulgaria) and at age 10 he joined the Junior Accordion Orchestra. Having received numerous awards prior to 1985, he was accepted at The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv-Bulgaria, where he studied Accordion with Prof. Peter Marinov and graduated with a degree in Accordion in 1991. Whilst teaching at the Constantine Preslavsky University in Shumen, Stanislav competed and performed in Bulgaria, France and Poland as a soloist or member of different ensembles orchestras. In 1992 he moved to Cape Town, where he now performs, records and teaches. Stanislav has recorded for the SABC as well as for many radio and TV adverts and has featured on many South African Artistes’ releases. His albums include a solo release called “Stanislav”, and 3 albums from his Cape Town Tango Ensemble. He has performed regularly with South African Symphony Orchestras and his Cape Town Tango Ensemble has featured in many festivals. They are well-known participants in the tango community in Cape Town in collaboration with Mark Hoeben & Ina Wichterich and have toured internationally. Stanislav also teaches clarinet and saxophone.