(Photo: Lindi Heap)
Maartje Sevenster obtained a BMus in the Netherlands, studying part-time with Roberta Alexander, Frans Huyts and Connie de Jongh. Since 2009, Maartje has focused on baroque repertoire, both as a member of choirs or ensembles and as a soloist. Currently, Maartje is alto soloist with the Canberra Bach Ensemble, and in performances with the Limestone consort and other Canberra-based musicians. In 2023, she was alto soloist in Bach’s St John’s Passion with Igitur Nos. She sings with the Bach Akademie Australia, and performed with the Song Company in the Canberra International Music Festival.
With ensemble Adhoc Baroque, Maartje performed many lesser-known pieces of the baroque repertoire in a one-per-part setting to great acclaim, including several Australian premieres. She also performed the premieres of David Cassat's Die Hand, for mezzo-soprano, viola, cello, flute and clarinet, and Judith Clingan's In this Fateful Hour, and was part of the community oratorio Passion for Peace by Canberra composer Glenda Cloughley.
Maartje conducts a small community choir in the village of Gundaroo.
Next to performing, she has an ongoing interest in the acoustics of the vocal tract. The active control of resonances and the role of so-called formant theory in vocal training were the central topics of her bachelor thesis. She participated in the Estill Voice Training System level one and two courses in 2015.