xiquitsi_minetteMinette began singing lessons in 1993 under the tutelage of Magdalena Oosthuizen. She received the degrees BMus, Bmus (Hons) and MMus (Cum Laude) specializing in singing. She completed the Unisa Teachers and Performance Licentiates (both Cum Laude) and received the DJ Roode Overseas Scholarship, the Gertrude Buchanan and Samro prize during the Unisa bursary competitions. She was the overall winner of the ATKV Musiq competition as well as winner of the singing category and the Mozart prize. She was named first runner up in the SAMRO International Scholarship competition and also won the prize for best performance of a prescribed work.
In 2009 she was a finalist in the Kohn Foundation Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London. She has attended several summer schools such as Ticino Musica in Lugano and AIMS in Graz, receiving lessons from Barbara Bonney, Michelle Crider and Michelle Breedt.
She regularly performs as a soloist in Oratorio and is an accomplished singer of lieder both locally and abroad.
Minette has performed at several National Arts Festivals in South Africa including the KKNK, Klein Karoo Klassique, AARDKLOP, Woordfees, Cultivaria, Suidooster Fees and Greyton Classics for All Festival and has been nominated for three Kyknet Fiƫsta awards for her contribution to classical music at an arts festival. She recently returned from France where she sang several concerts with the South African pianist Ilse Schumann, who is based in Vienna.
Minette regularly adjudicates at Eisteddfods and travels to Namibia and Zimbabwe on a regular basis to present master classes and to perform. She is a senior lecturer in Singing as well as the head of the Singing Division at Stellenbosch University.