Monique van Willingh
YOLA at HOLA & Music Director
Originally from South Africa, Monique graduated with an Honors Postgraduate Degree in Classical Flute, with an Undergraduate Performance Degree in Jazz Flute from the University of Cape Town, South African College of Music. She is also a graduate of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory of Music and recently completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she completed her practicum at HOLA as a teaching assistant to the Woodwind Teaching Artist, helping teach woodwind classes and chamber groups.
An accomplished musician, Monique has won several awards, including: the SAMRO Jazz Finalist SAMRO/Bonhams Award Winner (2012), the ImpACT Award Winner (2010) and the Fine Music Radio/Pick ‘n Pay Winner (2010). Monique was also the Principal Flutist and Original Composition Soloist for the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and the first flute player to be chosen for the National Youth Jazz Band.
Monique joins HOLA from Harmony Project, where she worked as a Program Manager, designing programming, liaising with parents and students, as well as maintaining partnerships with performing arts centers, schools and community centers.
Passionate about both music and youth development, Monique founded the project Reaching Youth Through Music (R.Y.T.H.M), a group of students from the College of Music at the University of Cape Town who hosted workshops and concerts featuring South African Jazz and indigenous music for youth, allowing them to learn about their heritage.