First Church has a new organist!
Please welcome Roshan Chakane to our amazing organ and to our wonderful church.
Roshan’s Biography follows.
Roshan Chakane is a South African organist and musical director, currently a Presidential Scholarship Organ Performance Doctoral student at University of Notre
Dame under the tutelage of Professor Kola Owolabi.
Roshan was born in Kimberley, South Africa. He began his career as a middle school student at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, studying under Dr. Marinda Snyman, and later completing his Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Organ Performance at Stellenbosch University under the tutelage of Dr Mario Nell.
Roshan has excelled as a performer throughout his career, and has won the top
organ prizes and scholarships in South Africa. Career accolades include achieving
distinction in his Grade 8 Organ and Piano examinations with the University of South
Africa (UNISA), First Prize Winner of the ATKV Albert Engel Prize, and recipient of
scholarships from the South African Church Organisation (SAKOV) and South
African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Academic Scholarships.
Roshan relocated to the US in 2016, graduating with a Masters degree in Organ
Performance from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, under the
tutelage of Professor Renée Anne Louprette. During this time Roshan also received
a number of accolades, including 1st Prize at The Brooklyn AGO competition in
2016, and was also awarded a Biggs Fellowship for the annual Organ Historical
Society Conference held in Rochester New York in July 2018.
Roshan is also an experienced musical director, including being the Musical Director
at Northlink College in Bellville, Cape Town, and Director of Music at St Paul’s
Anglican Church in Rondebosch, Cape Town. During his residency at Northlink
College, Roshan directed the musicals Hair (2013), Evita (2014) and Sarafina (2015).