Soprano Obtained her BMus performance degree in violin from the University of Cape Town where she was concert master of the symphony orchestra. She passed the grade 8 UNISA exams with distinction in both piano and singing and was invited to participate in the UNISA bursary competition where she won the Mimi Coertze prize for singing. She also obtained her ABRSM performance diploma in singing. During her studies she was awarded several Hennie Joubert and Nellie du Toit bursaries for piano, singing, and violin. In 2014 she received the award for best vocal soloist performance at the International Youth Music Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia. She started singing in the Tygerberg Children’s Choir at the age of 10 and carried on to sing in several other choirs such as the South African Youth Choir, Stellenberg Girls’ choir and Cape Town Youth Choir. She is currently a member of the Cape Soloist Choir and is concert master of the Traxtudio Film Symphony Orchestra. She is currently teaching music at Eversdal Primary School.
MICHELLE VAN ZYL
1st Alto Professional Vocal Coach at Riana van Wyk School of Music for the past 12 years and at the Campus of Performing Arts (COPA) in Cape Town (2010/2011). Trained well known artists such as Matthew Le Roux (better known as Jimmy Nevis) and continue to coach and introduce well-rounded vocalists into the South African music industry. Backing vocalist for numerous South African artists’ CD recordings. Vocal lead roles in various stage productions including “He’s alive”, “Honk” and “Jukebox Gold”. Vocal coach for the Stellenbosch Matie Vox Competition in 2009 and 2010. Michelle is living her passion and enjoying every moment of it.
KAREN DE GOEDE
2nd Alto Obtained a B.Mus. degree from the University of Potchefstroom with voice and piano as instruments. As a student she performed lead roles in operatic productions as well as being a soloist in oratorios. She joined PACT Opera full time as a permanent member of the opera chorus, but after a number of years decided to expand her horizons as a freelance artist. During this time she performed as a soloist and ensemble cast member in musical theatre productions, ventured into cabaret and discovered the joy of jazz. She continues to study voice and maintain her skills by performing in private concerts.
Baritone/Director/Arranger/Composer The mastermind behind the group. With varied choral background, and inspired by the ensemble sounds of the big bands and vocal groups of the forties, Gavin developed a passion for arranging and for jazz vocal groups in particular. During the sixties he worked with vocal groups during a five-year spell of teaching in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. On returning to South Africa he formed his own vocal group, Tangerine, in 1975. After 18 years of radio, television and cabaret work, he disbanded Tangerine and in 1995 formed the new group, Track Five. In-between Gavin also Lectured at UCT College of Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble during 1997 and 2005 to 2007. Gavin’s ability for jazz arrangements is second to none. You can expect fresh, complex and interesting jazz arrangements that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting more.
Bass Singer, Vocal Arranger and accomplished Guitarist for the past 30 years. Recording Engineer/Producer and Owner of Guitar Way Studios where all of Track Five’s recordings are done. He co-wrote the winning song with his wife for Shell Road to Fame in 1991. Arthur believes in sowing back into the community and has been donating his time through free music classes for the past 15 years. He is also the founder of the five-piece vocal ensemble, A5. Arthur is the longest standing member of Track Five apart from Gavin, and his clean bass voice forms the back-bone of the group.