Merel Martens & MAZE - Cooperation in a Vocal Group (open work session)
MAZE was founded by Merel in September 2017 and right from the beginning the group has been working with co-conductors, internal and external workshops, a choreographer and more. The singers provide the ideas and create the identity of the group. How does a choir leader relate to this format? How can a vocal coach, a choreographer, co-conductors within the group and many initiatives strengthen the musical and social process? During this open work session Merel and MAZE will demonstrate their methods, create music 'in the moment' with you and answer your questions.
Merel Martens is a fulltime choir leader, arranger, teacher and coach. In May 2015 she received a Master’s degree in ‘Vocal Leadership’ from the Royal Academy of Music (DK), studying with Jim Daus Hjernoe, with the highest possible honors. She is also influenced by colleagues such as Peder Karlsson (ex-Real Group) and Roger Treece (co-writer Vocabularies - Bobby McFerrin). Merel’s name is connected to the award winning vocal groups “Pitch Control”, “MAZE” and “VOÏSZ Vocal Projects” in the Netherlands. In addition, she is vocal coach for the professional group “The Junction”(NL), “Perpetuum Jazzile”(SI), “Vocalocity”(IL) and “The Keystones”(FR). In September 2014 Merel founded the “Dutch Organic Choir”: a group based on rotated leadership and style-free original, partly improvised vocal music. Since November 2015, Merel has brought the 'Intelligent Choir' method to two Dutch conservatories, educating choir leaders during courses and a master's degree in this fairly new discipline.
Marleen Spiering is a young, passionate and ambitious choir leader, arranger and vocal coach. In 2015 she completed her bachelor's degree in Music in Education at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. After completing her studies she found herself on the path to becoming a professional choir leader. For the past two years she has studied with Merel Martens (NL), Jim Daus Hjernoe (DK), Jesper Holm (DK), Peder Karlsson (SE) and Tijs Krammer (NL) in the Dutch department of the new Vocal Leadership studies at Fontys Academy of Performing Arts.
At the moment Marleen is working with a choir at Hogeschool van Amsterdam and is also co-conductor for MAZE Voices. In addition she is coaching other choirs and singers in the Intelligent Choir method.