Staff & Board
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Sunelle co-founded MusicWorks in 2003 with Kerryn Torrance. Armed with Masters Degrees in Music Therapy and a good dose of courage, they were determined to pioneer the relatively unchartered territory of music therapy in South Africa, particularly in marginalised communities.
The following 11 years cemented Sunelle’s commitment and resilience within the sector, as she witnessed the impact of music on the communities in her service. Her personal investment in children and the youth, and her unfaltering support of her team, have
established Sunelle as a natural, sincere advocate of the power of music.
With a career spanning both the performing arts and work with children and young people from marginalised communities, Alexanne is a natural fit for MusicWorks.
Her meticulous (and colour-coded) organisational skills and her innate compassion make her indispensible to the organisation – as she drives from the heart, steadily and assuredly, with the conviction of the immeasurable impact that can be made in even one person’s life.
Music Therapy programme coordinator and Music Therapist
Mari joined MusicWorks at the beginning of 2014; fulfilling her longstanding dream of being part of our team. Mari integrated seamlessly into the team and went onto be become appointed as Music Therapy programme coordinator in July 2015. Mari is a passionate music therapist and brings her unique insight and compassion into therapy sessions. Mari is also an accomplished cellist and singer.
BONGILE MARK WILLIAMS
Music for Life programme coordinator and Community Development Worker
Mark is the Pied Piper of MusicWorks – a force of nature to whom children are drawn. He is grounded, resourceful and broad-minded; offering a bigger picture of the communities we serve.
Mark’s contribution of context and community is critical for meaningful musical interventions – he identifies cultural mindsets that support hopelessness and negativity, and embraces and drives the required change.
Having dedicated almost half her life to working in the NGO sector, Desiree brings a wealth of experience to MusicWorks…not least of which is her caring and nurturing nature – finely honed raising her two children.
From planning on having a career in recruitment, Desiree found herself in a committed love affair with the non-profit sector, raising funds for a range of organisations within the disability sector. Her move to MusicWorks was a natural transition and with her leading the charge of raising funds for our organisation, we know we are in safe hands!!
Principal Community Musician
Zwai is a Gugulethu-born father of three, a marimba player and percussionist, trained in African Music. He has performed both locally and abroad – in Sweden and South America.
Zwai is committed to passing on his skill to a younger generation, and has earned him role model status within the MusicWorks community; an ‘elder’ in the true sense of the word. His fatherly kindness towards children who come from contexts in which men’s actions are often associated with disrespect and danger, speaks volumes about an alternative, caring way of being.
Proud mother of 4, Andalucia offers administrative support and much more, to the office staff and field workers at MusicWorks. She’s flexible and supportive in a quiet, gentle way; with a deep caring for the children and young people involved in our programmes.
Early Childhood Development Training Co-ordinator
As co-founder of MusicWorks, Kerryn’s vision is part of the fabric of the organisation – the vision of possibilities music could bring to children in under-resourced communities.
Following years of dedication and personal investment in the initial growing (and teething) phases of MusicWorks, Kerryn left to pursue a family life. She remains a valuable Board member and is still involved in ECD training, with her unique energy and chutzpa a constant inspiration for the team.
Roma is responsible for the day-to-day finances of MusicWorks, and lives on a diet of spreadsheets and numbers. Her kindness and patience in what can be a very busy office, impacts very positively on everybody else’s working day.
Community Musician Intern
Thabiso started his career at MusicWorks as a beneficiary of our Music for Life programme several years ago in Nyanga. Thabiso always showed exceptional talent, not only in marimba playing but also in his ability to nurture and teach younger children. When an opening arose within the MusicWorks internship programme, he was a natural choice.
Thabiso will graduate from his 18 month internship at the end of June when he will qualify as a Community Musician. He is a real asset to the MusicWorks family and displays great insight, wisdom, original thinking and aptitude; all the qualities that make so valuable, not only to our organisation but also to the beneficiaries with whom he works!
Dr Mercedes Pavlicevic
Melanie Fortuin-Durr, Chairperson
Diana Ross, Vice Chairperson