Marije Rommes

Soprano - singing teacher - choir director

Marije Rommes took a degree in Music Education (1993-1998) and then went on to train as a classical singer (1999-2003) and choir director (2005-2007) at the Zwolle conservatory in The Netherlands. Simultaneously she studied Musicology (1998-2004) at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she wrote an extended essay on the castrato singer Guadagni.

In 2007 she decided to move to London, where she sang first soprano in the London Philharmonic Choir with concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and Salisbury Cathedral. Marije sang solo recitals in Morley College, Kentish Town Church and Schott's Music Publishers and took workshops with Peter Wright and John Rutter. In London she conducted the Blackfriars Choir (classical music) and the Highgate Newtown Community choir (classsical and world music) and taught courses in Camden at the English Folk Dance and Song Society. She also taught singing at Maida Vale, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Highgate and Marble Arch.

Since November 2010 Marije is living in Zwolle again. She is currently working as a choir director with four choirs (women’s choir Na 8en and pop music choir Fitis etc.) and is teaching a music history course at the Volksuniversiteit. She is working together with several pianists on concerts in The Netherlands and in England.

Since 1998 she was the choir director of a wide variety of choirs (the Inn-singers (Renaissance music), the Zwolle Students choir(classical-, pop- and world music), Puur Zang (classical and world music), the pop music choir of the School of Music, Nootverband (women’s choir, pop music) etc.

 

Besides her work as a choir director she has also performed as a soloist, with music ranging from Purcell’s "King Arthur" in Dalfsen, to a concert in collaboration with the Modern Vocal Group in Odeon, Zwolle and Christmas concerts at the Broederenkerk in Deventer. From 2005 she sang in the professional ASKO chamber choir, Amsterdam led by Jos Leussink, a choir breaking new ground in executing the latest Dutch classical music, with performances in the Concertgebouw etc..

During this time she was also working as a singing teacher at the Schools of Music in both Apeldoorn and Zwolle and taught singing to groups and individuals. She was assigned to develop a crash course in singing by the Apeldoorn Choir Federation.