André van der Merwe is a conductor and composer from Durbanville, Cape Town. He often appears as a judge and guest conductor, locally and internationally. Countries that have recently invited him include Britain, Sweden, Germany, Japan, China, Wales, Austria and Namibia.
André originally studied B.Mus (Performance) at the University of Cape Town, but after a hand-injury he changed his course of study and completed his degree in B.Drama (Directing) at the University of Stellenbosch. During the period 1990-1996 André acted as a director of drama productions for the Grahamstown International Arts Festival as well as the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn. He received several national awards and prizes as actor and director.
Currently André is the conductor of three choirs, namely:
All three these choirs have received numerous national and international awards.
- The Stellenberg Girls Choir (since 1999);
- The Stellenbosch University Choir (since 2003), and;
- The South African Youth Choir (since 2005).