"Perfect would be a boring thing to be"
In 2020 Marieke was named first place winner of the Charleston International Music Competition and placed second at the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. She was named the George and Phyllis Muccianti Vocal Scholarship winner at Casa Italia in Chicago and was a prize winner at the Voices of South Africa International Opera Competition. Marieke made her debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with DePaul Opera Theater and shared the stage with Nicole Cabell at the Grand Opening Gala of the Jarvis Opera Hall. Marieke joined Russian Opera Workshop to study the roles of Tatyana from Eugene Onegin and Tamara from Rubinstein's The Demon.
In 2019 Marieke made her debuts as Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor with the Austrian American Mozart Academy, as Eunomia in Cavalli's L'Egisto with DePaul Opera Theater, and as Madame Silberklang in DePaul Opera Club. She performed as a soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Windy City Performing Arts and DePaul Symphonic Orchestra. Marieke also performed as guest artist at the Musical Bouquet Concert with the Lorraine Havemann Studio for Vocal Excellence in Pretoria, South Africa, and sang in several concerts and opera scenes in Salzburg, Austria and the Marche region of Italy.
Marieke is currently pursuing her Master's degree at Mannes School of Music in New York City, under the tutelage of Diana Soviero and Chelsea Bonagura. Marieke received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University in Chicago. She was a recipient of the Anne Marie Gerts Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Marieke received a scholarship to study in the US at age 16 where she pursued filmmaking at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Marieke is a multi-talented interdisciplinary artist who also works as a composer, librettist and filmmaker.
Marieke de Koker is a South African soprano and composer currently based in New York City. In 2022 Marieke joined the studio of Diana Soviero at Mannes School of Music where she performed in Mannes Opera's productions of Dr Sun Yat-Sen and In The Green. Marieke was a 2022 finalist of the Boosey & Hawkes International Sing Finzi competition and Concorso Internazionale Città di Alessandria. She is a recipient of the 2022 Alsop Entrepreneurship Award for her launch of a nonprofit database and publishing platform for Pan-African vocal music.
In 2021 Marieke made her South African national radio debut with RSG radio's broadcast of the Salon Music Christmas Concert with Brooklyn Theatre TV and Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra. Marieke also appeared on national TV with her ETV Morning Show interview about her work as an Emerging Artist with the Windybrow Art Center's Aluta Continua series in honor of Nelson Mandela. 2021 saw the premiere of Marieke's first song cycle Never Again, based on works by the Kenyan poet Valentine Kizito. Marieke made her role debuts as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Supernova Opera, as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with LAH-SOW Opera, and as Dido in Dido and Aeneas with DePaul University. She also appeared in multiple concerts with Johannesburg Opera and was involved with productions at SittOpera. Her engagements with Sempre Opera and Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio were canceled due to COVID-19.