Shane Duyvené de Wit, B.M.
Shane Duyvené de Wit was born and raised in Kimberley, South Africa. Shane is a recent transplant to the San Antonio area, but he is no newbie when it comes to teaching music. He has 10+ years of experience teaching at several schools around South Africa. Shane’s passion for music is rooted in both the environment he was raised in and a supportive music academy he took lessons with in his hometown. Around the age of 5 he began taking lessons at the Kimberley School of Music. Through the music school he was exposed to orchestral instruments and found that he was drawn to the violin. He began taking lessons around the age of 13 and a year later added saxophone lessons. After graduating from high school he moved to Cape Town to apprentice under Brian Lisus, a world-renowned violinmaker. In 2005, he moved back to Kimberley where he accepted a violin position at the Kimberley Music Academy. Shane graduated from the University of South Africa Cape Town in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Musicology.
Shane’s experience and credentials with the violin are both wide and impressive. He has played with the South African National Youth Orchestra, been the principle violinist with the Kimberley String Quartet, member of Ad Libitum Adult Choir, and of City of Hope Christian Church worship team. He has been the Music Department Chair at Curro private school, founded many choirs (junior and senior), conducted various string ensembles, and is a registered composer with the South African Music Rights Organization.
While music plays a dominant role in Shane’s life, other hobbies include fitness training, working on DIY home projects, and being an auto enthusiast. With all of his varied experience, teaching holds a special place in Shane’s heart. Through teaching, he has been rewarded by experiencing firsthand the transformative capacity of music.