Chris van Rhyn
Chris van Rhyn
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer
+27 18 299-1695
Physical Address: 
Conservatory (Building K1), Room G04

PhD (US) | MMus (US) | Hons BMus (US) | BMus (US)

Chris holds the degrees BMus, BMus (Honours), MMus and PhD from Stellenbosch University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music, where he teaches Music Theory and Music Technology at undergraduate level, supervises postgraduate research students, and is the programme manager for the BMus degree. His research focus is on the works of South African and African composers of art music (score analysis, critical theory and philosophy), with a special interest in the composer Priaulx Rainier.

Chris has presented research papers at conferences in South Africa, Serbia the USA, Ireland and Chile, and has published articles and reviews in South African Music Studies, Musicus, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, Österreichische Musikzeitschrift, the World New Music Magazine, Musicology Australia, and Perspectives of New Music. He was a board member of NewMusicSA, the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music, from 2009-2016, during which time he was also their journal editor. In 2011 Chris won the PUK Chancellor’s Trust Prize for Composition. His works have been performed locally and abroad, most recently at Harvard University’s Paine Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2015 Chris was a visiting lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He is also the Director of the research entity MASARA (Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications).