Musica Nelle Marche
Marieke received a scholarship to attend the Musica Nelle Marche summer program in Italy where she received her B1 Italian Language qualification at the University of Urbino. She performed in many concerts throughout the countryside of the Marche region. She performed in opera scenes as Gilda from Rigoletto and Violetta from La Traviata, in venues such as the Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, Teatro Raffaello Sanzio and Fermignano Museo dell'Archittetura.
Some of her favorite memories include cherry picking, handcrafting pasta and enjoying Italy's wide variety of gluten free foods. A highlight was watching Anna Netrebko perform in Il Trovatore in the 30,000 seat Arena di Verona where she triumphed on stage in full dress and on horseback despite the extreme temperatures of the heat wave.