Santisa Viljoen
Santisa Viljoen
Job Title: 
Associate Professor
+27 18 299-1709
Physical Address: 
Conservatory (Building K1), Room 113

PhD (NWU) | MA (NWU) | HonsBA (PUCHE) | HonsBMus (US) | BMus (PUCHE) | HED

Prof Santisa Viljoen is a Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellow who holds a PhD in Musicology, an MA in English Literature (cum laude) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. After a 17 year career as an educator in Further Education and Training, Santisa joined the staff at the School of Music in 2001, where she teaches Applied Vocal Studies, Voice Pedagogy and Choral Conducting. She also supervises postgraduate students.

Santisa is currently the director of the Conservatory Choir of the North-West University. Over the past three years, this opera choir has developed significantly and now enjoys the respect and accolades of national and international reviewers. The choir, as well as soloists from the choir, perform regularly. They are also invited to perform with symphony orchestras in other South African cities.

Santisa has taught at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm as part of lecturer exchange programmes. She has also presented master classes in Applied Vocal Studies and Choral Conducting in Jyväskylä (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and at the Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands). She regularly participates in national and international conferences and has published in accredited national and international journals such as Muziki, The Journal for Musical Arts in Africa, The South African Journal of Cultural History and The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa. Her main interests in research include voice pathology, interdisciplinary studies on text, context and identity construction, choral conducting and, recently, she has developed a keen interest in the use of technology in teaching.

Santisa’s institutional involvement includes being the programme manager of the Diploma in Music, as well as of the NWU Choir Academy® short learning programmes. She is also a member of the NWU Potchefstroom Campus teaching-learning committee.