Cantare Studio


Marieke Schuurs

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.

To learn more about Marieke, click here to visit her blog.

Marieke Schuurs, BMus, MFA, AE, ATI

Jennifer"Marieke has a magical way of making you feel good about where you are and where you're headed, regardless of how much experience you have. I've had moments of working with her where I'm shocked by the strength and clarity that comes out, to where I actually ask, "Where did that voice come from?!" She was able to draw something out of me I didn't even know was in there.

She's also wonderful at helping you sing with healthy technique, so regardless of what style of music you perform, you won't hurt your voice. Some people think proper technique means you have to sound like a stuffy opera singer, but even if you want to growl like Tom Waits or scream like Steven Tyler, Marieke can help you produce the sound you want in a way that is sustainable for a lifetime."

Jackie Cowsill