Founder of the Kronendal Music Academy in Hout Bay, Dwyn Griesel has been awarded the 2011 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.
Using the inheritance she received from her father, Dwyn started the music centre four years ago in an effort to bring together the divided community of Hout Bay. Starting from scratch, she initiated individual music tuition, group activities, ensembles, workshops and community events, as well as a Youth Choir. All of the activities were aimed at integrating and uniting, through music, the three diverse communities of Imizamu Yethu informal settlement, the Hangberg fishing village and the affluent 'valley' residents.
Armed with her B.Mus in Jazz Studies from UCT, a diploma in Life Coaching and some 20 years of teaching and performance experience, Dwyn has used her talents and skills to give back to others in a meaningful and connecting way. Driven by her recognition of music as a catalyst for igniting the spirit of poor and vulnerable young people suffering from a lack of hope and self-worth, Dwyn has put in what she can for the project to survive. Today, the academy teaches over 200 pupils and is supported by qualified music teachers, educators and other professionals.