Hi I'm Maaike
I'm a singer, actor, performer, teacher, and coach.
I moved to Amsterdam in 1985 to study musical theatre. From there my mentor Rients Gratama guided me in my first years as a performer teaching me song and text interpretation and the tricks of the trade.
It was an honor to perform in shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tanz der Vampire, and West Side Story. Throughout my career on stage I learned that telling a story to the audience is the most important thing.
Things I love:
- the smell of dry pinewood
- a good chianti classico
- Ella Fitzgerald playing in the background
When I have some down time you can find me in the mountains with the fresh fallen snow under my boots, searching for the ultimate silence at the top, right before the adventurous rush of skiing back down the mountain.
I love listening to voices.
When I'm not performing, I'm teaching my voice students the Complete Vocal Technique (CVT). After taking a CVT introductory course I realised how great it is at bringing physiology, anatomy, and pedagogy together for the voice. I immediately signed up for the full course and received my authorised degree in June 2016.
Thanks to this education I have a toolbox that enriches my life as a singer making my vocal performances easier, clearer, and healthier.
And I use the exact same tools to teach my students.
A safe and positive environment is vital.
When working together it's important you feel comfortable in your surroundings, confident in your performance, and aware of the multitude of sounds you can produce. I work individually with each student on their specific vocal needs so they can let go of their frustrations and take their voice to new heights. The best moment in a coaching session is when a student opens up on an exercise and then says: "I never knew I had so much power."
In CVT one of the philosophies is: "leave out taste" (or in other words I don't put my taste upon your voice). Therefore, I give you permission to develop your own personal sound. At the end of the day, my job is to help you produce sounds you love in a healthy way.