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Monica Mhangwana

Monica Mhangwana is a versatile singer and entrepreneur, born and raised in Pretoria South Africa. She studied at the University of Pretoria under the tutelage of Dr Hanli Stapela. Monica has participated in masterclasses with Kobie van Rensburg and Professor Albie van Schalkwyk. She has sung at the Wakkerstroom music festival and the University of Pretoria Music festival. She holds the record of being selected to perform as the soloist for the prestigious University of Pretoria's annual Principals concert four years in a row (2015- 2018), singing in many genres ranging from Jazz African styles, Contemporary, and Western Classical styles. Monica sung on stages with local artists, Ian von Memerty, Zonke, Lloyd Cele and the famous Swedish Accapella ensemble, The Real Group.

She has toured nationally and internationally to Cape Town, Belgium, Amsterdam, Namibia, Austria, Latvia, France and Seychelles as part of various music ensembles. She was the alto soloist in Umculo’s St John’s Passion by JS Bach in Soweto, this project won the German based Classical:NEXT innovation award. She was the lead vocalist in Dr Phuti Sepuru’s Quintet which represented South Africa in the Seychelles in November 2018, singing Afro Jazz tunes and participating in a cultural music exchange workshop. In 2019 she was a soloist for the Roche Bobois French Opera event in Sandton, Johannesburg, hosted by Dr Harald Sitta. This event was reported and published in the Vienna online magazine Der Neue Merker and Habitat Magazine.

Her face is on the cover of the African Theatre 19: Opera & Music Theatre publication (2019). She is a co-founder and Director of Glacier Stone, a creative music, arts and media company. In 2020, she won The Smith Award Prize for Mezzo-sopranos in the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Grand Finale. She regularly performs at Sittopera events held at The Rand Club, these events aim to provide a platform for South African Opera singers. Monica intends to continue on her path of musicianship, as a versatile professional in music.