Maaike Christie-Beekman has been associated with Nota Bene for several years, giving regular vocal workshops, performing as a soloist and even singing in the choir at one stage.
She started her vocal training and pedagogy studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium where she first graduated for her Bachelor’s degree in vocal pedagogy and in 2000 gained her artist diploma. She studied with renowned voice teacher Margreet Honig. She also studied 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 as well as school choirs.
Currently, Maaike is vocal consultant for VoicesNZ and The Tudor Consort, gives vocal workshops to choirs and conducts. 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 is regularly performing chamber music and as a soloist for choirs.