Marieke has her Bachelor of Music and a Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine, and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher with Alexander Technique International (ATI). She founded Cantare Studio in Eugene, Oregon as a vocal training center for singers, actors and speakers, based on Alexander Technique principles, which has evolved to include Alexander Technique instruction to instrumental musicians and other artistic disciplines.
Marieke first studied with Barbara Conable (What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body), and became licensed as an Andover Educator (AE) in 2007. Her studies continued with Cathy Madden (Onstage Synergy) from 2008 to 2012, then with Catherine Kettrick and David Mills of The Performance School in Seattle, graduating from their Teacher Education Program in 2016.
Also a classical and jazz artist, Marieke has performed in numerous operas with the Eugene Opera, including Susannah, La Traviata, Pirates of Penzance, Orpheus in the Underworld, and the critically acclaimed Dead Man Walking, and released a CD of jazz originals, Elegant M Revealed, in 2012 (see below).
Marieke is an active member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS) as Oregon District governor.
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