Dorothy Holder was born and bred in Cape Town. Coming from a family of educators, Dorothy’s ambition had always been to teach and her studies at the University of Cape Town were in music education. She also gained some qualifications in Orff Education.
Dorothy spent the first part of her working life teaching in the Eastern Cape, 17 years of which were at the D.R. Wynne Music School at St. Andrew’s College and the Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown.
There she taught numerous aspects of music to many different age groups. She has taught everything from Grade R class music to Matric subject work, as well as various instruments, and has trained choirs and ensembles.
Dorothy moved back to Cape Town in 2012 to be closer to her family. Since then she has been a peripatetic music teacher at several schools in the Southern Suburbs, including 5 years at Wynberg Boys’ Junior School and just over 9 years at the Beau Soleil Music Centre, where she was the librarian and the double bass teacher. She is currently in her 10th year of teaching at Wynberg Boys’ High School and is also teaching double bass for the Ifidyoli Project.
She is a member of the Musicanti Orchestra, where she plays the double bass.