Acáma Fick

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Acáma Fick has been an influential force in the spread of the classical chorale tradition in South Africa. The founder and conductor of the Stellensbosch Camarata, a 40-member mixed choir, since 1992,…
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Acáma Fick has been an influential force in the spread of the classical chorale tradition in South Africa. The founder and conductor of the Stellensbosch Camarata, a 40-member mixed choir, since 1992, Fick continues to promote the power of multi-part harmonizing in her homeland. Fick's interests in music were initially sharpened while attending the Afrikaans Girls' High School in Pretoria, where she obtained a five-year higher conservatoire diploma. She continued her education at the University of Stellenbosch, where she earned a master's degree in music. While studying at the University, Fick served as choral director of the Bloemhof Girls' High School Choir. One of the best high-school choirs in South Africa, the group won the SABC's National Choir Competition for High Schools in 1971.

Following her graduate studies, Fick continued post-graduate studies at the University and joined the university choir under the direction of Philip McLachlan. Fick was appointed a lecturer at the school and continues to teach classes in music and musicology. In 1978, Fick founded the Conservatoire Women's Choir at the school, teaching untrained singers in the art of choral singing, until the group disbanded in 1982. In 1985, Fick became the first woman to be appointed conductor of the University of Stellenbosch Choir. Under her direction, the group became internationally known and toured throughout Europe in 1991. Fick continued to direct the choir until April 1993. Fick serves on the advisory board of the South African Choral Society.