EHS Musical benefits from expert voice coach

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SM HATTINGH

1 June 2021

At the end of his Grade 9 year, Phila joined the South African Youth Choir (SAYC) in Cape Town, where he was a member of the choir for one year, before finally returning home to Ermelo to finish Grade 11 and 12 at Hoërskool Ermelo.

Phila Dladla, music teacher at Hoërskool Ermelo, started his musical career in Grade 4 when his mother signed him up for piano and musical theory lessons at the EHS music centre. The next year, she had him audition for the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and once accepted, was where he would spend the next five years falling in love with choral music and performance. During his time at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, he attended many international tours, including to the United States, Norway and South Korea.

At the end of his Grade 9 year, Phila joined the South African Youth Choir (SAYC) in Cape Town, where he was a member of the choir for one year, before finally returning home to Ermelo to finish Grade 11 and 12 at Hoërskool Ermelo. He obtained a distinction for music as subject during his final matric exams. After matriculating, Phila returned to the Drakensberg Boys Choir School as a student (conductor) intern, and completed his Grade 7 UNISA grade in singing. In 2015, he became a member of the music staff at the Erries’ Music Centre, where he teaches classical singing and rock school drums. He also coaches the school's drumline, Marimba Band, and choir.

He is currently busy completing an LLB degree through UNISA. Phila is extremely excited about the Rock musical that will be performed on DV 16 – 21 August. He is the proud musical director for this musical production. Hoërskool Ermelo is thankful and proud to have mr Dladla on the Errie-team.