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Charlotte Botha is the director of choral activities, conducting the College Choir and the Hamilton Voices choral theater ensemble. She teaches music theory and social justice musicology.  

Botha has worked extensively with mixed and equal-voice singers from various backgrounds. Her tenure as conductor of the Drakensberg Boys Choir solidified her passion for making music with and composing for young singers. More recently, Botha worked as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Her approach to rehearsal, performance, and group vocal discovery has become permeated by the principles of Choregie and the choral artist’s role in the pursuit of social justice. Botha has performed and presented workshops around the globe, most notably as a member of the World Youth Choir alumni group TIME Ensemble. Her research interests include phonetics, choral text-painting, and equitable practices for including the music of and by marginalized communities in choral programs. She holds a D.M.A. from The University of North Texas, an MMus from Nelson Mandela University, and a B.Mus. from the University of Pretoria.

 

Charlotte Botha serves as director of Choral Activities and assistant professor of music at Hamilton College, where she conducts the Hamilton Voices and the College Choir, and teaches courses in music theory and cultural musicology. Her research interests include foreign-language choral diction, multimedia choral performance, and equitable practices for including the music of and by marginalized communities in choral programs.

Botha’s recent guest conducting invitations include the Twin Ports Choral Project (Minn.), the University of Johannesburg, Ball State University (Ind.), and All-State choirs in Alabama, Missouri, and Texas. Her Choral Ubuntu and Nguni diction research was recently featured at the NY-ACDA, Westminster Choir College, and Chorus America conferences. Botha holds a DMA from The University of North Texas, an MMus from Nelson Mandela University, and a BMus from the University of Pretoria. As an ardent collaborator, she believes in the power of music to deepen understanding and respect between people.

Recent Courses Taught

Social Justice, Activism and Artistry in Group Singing: Exploring Identity and Meaning in Choral Music
Aural Skills
Hamilton College Choir
Advanced Group Performance (Hamilton Voices)
Music Theory for Non-Majors
Black Voices in Song

Appointed to the Faculty

2020

Educational Background

D.M.A., University of North Texas
M.Mus., Nelson Mandela University
B.Mus., University of Pretoria

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