Monique Van Willingh is a 2011 University of Cape Town (South Africa) honors graduate in Classical Flute, with an Undergraduate Performance Degree in jazz flute. Proficient in both the classical and jazz genres of music, Monique has performed in orchestras, big bands, chamber and jazz ensembles.
Winner of the Fine Music Radio/Pick ‘n Pay Music Award for Jazz(2010), Monique was also awarded the ImpACT Award for Young Professionals in Jazz Music by the Arts and Culture Trust. She was a member of the Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Band, and performed at the Joy of Jazz Festival in August 2010. In 2009, Monique was selected as the Principal Flutist of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, and will be touring Europe with this orchestra in July.
Two passions central to her life are music and youth development. R.Y.T.H.M (Reaching Youth Through Music), which Monique established in 2009, promotes local South African Music among disadvantaged youth in Cape Town. She has been involved in many youth and music projects such as the Sisters in Sound Mentorship program, Jazz Camp For Female Instrumentalists, and Youth Life Skills Development Camp Facilitation. Monique believes that music has the power to bring about hope, and change the lives of young people.