Maaike Christie-Beekman has been associated with Nota Bene for several years, giving regular vocal workshops, performing as a soloist and singing in the choir.
She started her vocal training and pedagogy studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium where she first graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in vocal pedagogy and in 2000 gained her artist diploma. She studied with renowned voice teacher Margreet Honig, and also at the Conservatoire de Metz, France with Udo Reinemann.
To enhance her skills in chamber music, Maaike took part at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh with Sergei Leiferkus, and followed art song courses with Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen and Konrad Richter.
From 2002, she was a member of the Netherlands Opera Studio and worked with director Pierre Audi and conductors Nicholas McGegan and Ed Spanjaard.
As a professional singer, Maaike has sung opera, oratorio and chamber music throughout the Netherlands and Europe, and features on Brilliant Classics, singing the title role of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba and featuring on Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias.
In 2010 Maaike moved to New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. She started working with choirs as a vocal consultant, as well as a conductor, and has worked with community choirs and school choirs.
Currently, Maaike is vocal consultant for VoicesNZ and The Tudor Consort. She is a voice teacher and offers training and workshops in performance, presence and stagecraft and is an artist teacher at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music teaching Voice & Performance and Stagecraft. She has continued her singing career and regularly performs chamber music and as a soloist for choirs.