All Music Institute

About All Music

On 1 September 2009 Allmusic moved to 36 Jeanette Street in Brackenfell, the premises of Lukas van der Walt Pianos / Musical Pleasures.

The owners of Allmusic, Sjoerd and Anna-Marie Alkema, are both experienced musicians with a thorough knowledge of music education and performance. As specialists, Allmusic provides excellent advice and support to all music teachers, musicians, learners, and to the broad music fraternity.

We believe that whatever we cannot find does not exist, and therefore have a wide selection of sheet music for all instruments. We import directly from reputable distributors and publishers worldwide and can supply the necessary material for beginner, advanced and professional musicians. Allmusic has all the relevant material for the UNISA, Trinity, ABRSM and LCM exams.

This includes theory books by various writers that prepare your students for written exams of all grades.

Apart from sheet music, we have books on music, acoustic instruments and accessories. Instruments include recorders, guitars, string instruments and woodwind and brass instruments, harmonicas and percussion instruments for class music. Accessories include strings, tuners, capos, bags, bows, goodies, mouthpieces, oils, and many more.

We have an extensive collection of choir music for all choirs.
Allmusic provides exciting workshops on relevant topics in music education and intend to expand its profile by including an Allmusic Academy in the near future.

Michelle and Gerty are our two friendly assistants at point of sales for purchases, enquiries and orders.

Sjoerd Alkema

 completed his BMus and MMus degrees at UCT and also his UPLM during his studies. In Salzburg he successfully completed a conducting degree at the Mozarteum in 1982 and worked as senior lecturer at the Windhoek Conservatoire for seven years. Here he conducted the Windhoek Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras and was freelance repetiteur and choirmaster for the SWA Arts Council. Hereafter in 1990 he was appointed as choirmaster, assistant conductor and repetiteur at PACOFS in Bloemfontein. Some of the memorable productions here include Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Aïda, La Traviata, Fidelio; La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Showboat, and he conducted Fledermaus, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Camelot, Sound of Music and Evita.

With his Bloemfontein Philharmonic Choir he conducted the Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Rutter’s Gloria and Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Faure’s Requiem, among others. In 1995 he was appointed as departmental head at the Free State Musicon and became known as pianist, accompanist, conductor, educator and adjudicator. One of his responsibilities was to conduct the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured the country annually. He directed this orchestra for eleven years. In 2007 he was appointed as music examiner for UNISA.

Throughout his career he accompanied well-known artists such as Douglas Masek, Deon van der Walt, Jeanette Harris, André Howard, De Wet van Rooyen, René Rakin, Isabella van Zyl, accompanying song cycles such as Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise and Dichterliebe by Schubert and works by Wolff, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Dvorak, Lawrence Fall, and Arnold van Wyk.

Since the family moved to Cape Town in 2008, he completed a PhD at UCT on the Conductors of the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra, 1914-1965: a historical perspective, is a freelance conductor, teacher, educator, adjudication, and partner at Allmusic. All four children are involved in music activities, two of whom completed BMus degrees at UCT.

Anna-Marie Alkema

 Anna-Marie was a music teacher for 15 years and was involved in many events as an organizer. The biggest event during student years was the NATIONAL KUESTA ART FESTIVAL in 1978. Through her initiative this event changed from a workshop based student activity towards an Art Festival. Apart from the competition side of it, - Robert Brooks was the overall winner with Deon van der Walt second -, students were grouped to form various chamber groups and had to study and perform music they received at the beginning of the week. All the planning (day to day, accommodation, competition, groups, practicing time) was done by her and she liaised with adjudicators and caterers. Later on KUESTA became a festival for University choirs.

During 1988 to 1989 Anna-Marie was instrumental in organizing the first international choir workshop of the South African Choral Society, The Philip McLachlan V Workshop in Windhoek. This event of a week was attended by + 500 people. The international choir leaders, who were the main presenters, were Gerhard Schmidt Gaden (Tolzer Knaber Chor), Doreen Rao (America) and Willi Gohl (Switzerland).

During the following McLachlan workshops organizers used her experience in various roles such as assisting international artists who were the speakers/performers during the workshops. This included practical issues of performances and stage management. Most memorable was assisting Robert Sund from Sweden.

While living in Bloemfontein for 18 years she became involved with the VRYSTAATSE KUNSWEDSTRYDVERENIGING (VKV) and was for 9 times (the Eisteddfod took place every second year) responsible for the instrumental part of the Eisteddfod. Between 400 and 600 instrumental entries had to be managed and the planning of times, venues, adjudicators and certificates formed part of the responsibilities. The Instrumental Eisteddfod lasted 6 days from 08:30 to 21:00.

Sentraal High School in Bloemfontein had their centenary festival while she was Head of Department at the school. One of the highlights was the production of Limirieke Sonder Brieke and Brommer in die Sop by learners of the school and two old school members Philip de Vos and Theo Alkema. This very successful production lasted a week. Another part of the festival was the visit of Neil Immelman, international pianist and old school member. He performed as soloist with the Free State Symphony Orchestra and Anna-Marie organized the rest of his South African tour.

In 2000 Dr Ria de Villiers approached Anna-Marie to assist Future Entrepreneurs in the development of learning support material for the OBE curriculum. She wrote for the learning areas Arts and Culture from grade 4 to 9 and Music from grade 10 to 12. The writing process included a learning program, a year plan, day to day planning, developing work schedules and lesson plans apart from the content that had to be according to the principles of OBE and the subject framework. The material is released in word format on CD.

Being married to a pianist/conductor, Anna-Marie was always involved in some or other way in the preparation for concerts. During the 12 years in which Sjoerd conducted the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra and took them on tours to various parts of the country, she was involved in the organization, although he did most of the planning and management himself. To take 65 children and their instruments on a week long bus tour with average 2 performances per day is no easy task. There are many stories …

Their 4 children are all active musicians. Theo and Leana obtained their Music Degrees. Leana is now studying in Frankfurt, Germany, and Theo is still active as pianist while partner in Cosmoprop, a commercial property company.

Anna-Marie was part of the Parent Teacher Association of the Musicon for 10 years. During these years the responsibility of the management of the Musicon became the responsibility of the PTA. This included financial management and problem solving. The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture eliminated the role of the PTA in 2007.