Board Members of the WCYO:



Carina Brown (Executive Director)

B.Mus; AOLM. Carina studied B.Mus at the University of Port Elizabeth, with Flute and Piccolo as majors. During her years at University she played flute and piccolo in the UPE Symphony Orchestra; Port Elizabeth Symphony Orchestra; PAG Wind Band, and were chosen for the South African National Youth Orchestra in 1981. In 1996, Carina founded the Carinas Musici Music School, which has expanded into one of the largest private Music Academies in the West Coast, South Africa, with 15 tutors on the staff. In 2008 the name changed to the West Coast Music Academy (WCMA) of which she is now the principal. Apart from teaching Carina is also an examiner for ALMSA; adjudicates for Eisteddfods and festivals; and conducts the WCYO Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Carina was awarded The Minister's Special Award for Outstanding Achievement for Women in the Arts and Culture at the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) Awards.



Lize Brown (Managing Director)

B.Mus; LTCL (Teaching); LTCL (Recital Flute); LRSM (Vocal). Lize is a full time tutor, accompanist and administrator at the West Coast Music Academy (WCMA), for the past 9 years. Lize excelled as a flute- and piccolo player, and was chosen for the South African National Youth Orchestra and Wind Band (2011 – 2013), and received National colours for her SANYO participation in 2013. During 2011 Lize became a Regional Representative Event coordinator. Since 2013 Lize is part of the SANYO Team and assists during Orchestra Courses. Besides tutoring and accompanying various instruments at the WCMA, she conducts two school Choirs as well as the Wind Orchestra of the WCYO. 



Marion Cole 

Marion completed her studies in Education and was a Primary- and High school teacher for 9 years. She met her husband while teaching at a school in District Six, who was passionate about classical music - allowing her to gain access to her lifelong passion of music. Marion left teaching and entered the business arena, becoming involved in one of the world’s largest sail making Companies in Cape Town. Making sails for yachts gave her the privilege to represent RSA as Team Manager of the Youth Sailing Team to Australia and France. She was skipper of three Trans Atlantic Yachting Races. Marion currently serves on the Board of Velddrif Tourism as well as the Velddrif Chamber Of Commerce. Her daughter is a fine pianist and cellist.


Hennie van Zyl (Financial Director & Accountant)  

Chartered Accountant, Hennie van Zyl, started his own Accounting Practice, H-Fin Accounting and Financial Planning, in 2009. He has memberships at the Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC); SA Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) and Financial Planning Institute (FPI). H-Fin provides accounting support from registration of Companies up to the Finalisation and Signing of Annual Financial Statements; and also provides Financial Planning to clients through Liberty Life, Momentum and Discovery, and Investment opportunities through Allan Gray. Hennie matriculated at Colesberg High School and completed his studies at the Cape Technikon in 1999.

Grantham Cleophas

Born, raised and currently residing in Hopefield, Grantham is married to Jocelyn Cleophas and has two beautiful children. His hobby is photography, in particular wild life photography. Grantham also likes technology and empowering himself to stay up to date with new innovations. Grantham’s son is a fine saxophone player.

Fortune Monk (Scribe)

Fortune Monk studied Human Recourses (N4 - N6) at the Tygerberg Technical College in Panorama and achieved distinctions in Staff Management and Computer skills. He works for the SAPD and is currently the CIMO, regulating crime control of 11 stations under him. He is on the church council of his local church where he also serves as Youth leader and Worship Team coordinator. He is also on the Governing Body of the local school in Noordhoek, Velddrif.