DMus (NWU) | MBA (UCT) | MMus (UCT) | Hons BMus (UFS) | BMus (UFS)
Yvonne-Marié Brand commenced her tertiary studies in 2002 at the University of the Free State, graduating with a BMus (2005) and a BMus Hons (2006), studying under Ron Gaché and Robin Finlay. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Cape Town with a MMus, studying under Mike Blake and Sean Kierman. In 2011, Yvonne-Marié completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. She earned her DMus from North-West University in 2016, studying under Mike Blake and Chris van Rhyn.
Yvonne-Marié has been a finalist in the major soloist competitions in the country. She was also awarded by the National Band Association of America for outstanding performance and leadership. She was the principal trumpet player of the National Youth Orchestra for numerous years. Other orchestral playing includes performing with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Festival Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra.
She taught brass at Bishops Diocesan College and Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre for several years before she was appointed at the North-West University’s School of Music in July 2013.