Woodwind Department

The Beau Soleil Woodwind Department offers students the exceptional opportunity to study with nationally known teachers specializing in the full complement of Woodwind instruments, including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone. Students can expect individual attention, high standards and a supportive learning environment. Our students work with a professional accompanist on repertoire throughout the year and have a wide range of opportunities to perform.

Each student is challenged to develop his or her own musicianship to the highest degree while following individual goals. Wind ensembles, stage band, chamber music opportunities and master classes with guest artists broaden the musical boundaries for woodwind students at Beau Soleil.
Beau Soleil’s reputation for excellence attracts students from around the Peninsula, enhancing the overall educational experience of music students.

International Double Reed Society Conference

Woodwind head John Rojas and his accompanist wife Maria Elizabeth Bezuidenhout, known as Duo4, recently performed at the invitation of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conference in Atlanta, USA. Their programme “South African Flavours” included music of Walter Swanson, arrangements of Afrikaans folk songs as well as a world premiere by Cape Town composer and Beau Soleil parent Grant McLachlan. 


Photo credit: Kelly Newport

Derek Fennell

Head of the Woodwind Department 


Student Feature

Joshua Atwood-Palm is a grade 12 learner who specializes in saxophone and oboe. He has his own saxophone quartet at SACS and is active giving concerts around town. Joshua hopes to study overseas after he completes his final exams.