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Reino Ottermann

Reino Ottermann

Author of publications on the history of music

Director of the Conservatoire and Chairman of the Music Department, Stellenbosch University, until 1998

Reino Ernst Ottermann was born on 26 July 1936 in Rustenburg and grew up in the German community of Kroondal, near Rustenburg. He studied in Stellenbosch (BA, BMus, MMus and D Phil), Frankfurt am Main and Berlin.
From 1961 he taught at the University of Stellenbosch where he became professor in 1978. He was director of the conservatoire and chairman of the music department from 1988 until his retirement in 1998.
Apart from his main field of interest, musicology, he has also been active in the field of church music, especially hymnology, and in general cultural history, having had a number of articles, as well as contributions to encyclopedias, published in each of them. Furthermore, he was involved in the compilation and publication of Lutheran hymnals and liturgical books in Afrikaans, English and German, as well as in African languages.

Reino Ottermann is married to Rosa Jauss who was lecturer in Home Economics at Stellenbosch University for many years. They have four children: Manfred (Manager: Product Projects, DaimlerChrysler, East London), Annegret (fashion buyer, Parow), Birgit (singer) and Peter (computer software engineer, Rondebosch).


Laudate. Gesangboek van die Verenigde Evangelies-Lutherse Kerk in Suider-Afrika. Genadendal 1982
(Chairman of the editorial committee. This Afrikaans hymnal has also been published in 1983, each with a different supplement, for the Moravian Church, the Cape-Orange Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South West Africa [Namibia] (Rhenish Mission Church).
Co-editor and author of the last chapter in J. Bouws: Solank daar musiek is..., Cape Town 1982
The centenary of the Synod 1895-1995. Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (Cape Church). Cape Town 1995
Die Musieklewe van Stellenbosch - 30 Jaar Stellenbosse Heemkring (Editor), 1998
Co-Chief Editor with Maria Smit: Suid-Afrikaanse Musiekwoordeboek / South African Music Dictionary, Pharos, 2000

Text by Reino Ottermann, February 2003

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