Some singing information
After a wonderful, 40 year career of singing all possible disciplines including opera, lied and oratorio as well as the great adventure of contemporary music, having found my own voice and discovered all the possibilities it presents, I feel the need to coach classical singers more and more.
I work in a manner I have developed myself, ultimately extremely rewarding: clearly traditional in the use of the vocal cords, position of the vocal box, treatment of vowels, respiration, vibration and resonance, legato, phrasing and flexibility of the voice, an open throat, passaggio, tongue position, support and breath control.
Mezzo-soprano Marion van den Akker is a multifaceted artist. She gave master classes on the songs of Schumann, Liszt, Strauss Brahms and lectures on the oeuvre of the Canadian composer Claude Vivier and the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina.
Marion van den Akker founded the series ‘Royaal Vocaal’ in 2005 in the Nieuwe Kerk (The Hague).
She is a singing teacher and performer.
Marion van den Akker is programmer of the Chamber music series ‘Klassiekintveen’ at the concert farm d’Rentmeester
Marion van den Akker was head of the vocal department and vocal teacher at the Prins Claus conservatorium until September 2015. Recently Marion van den Akker has a private vocal school together with her accompanists Dr. Willem Kersing, Ben Martin Weijand en Jeroen Sarphati.
Testimonials vocal coaching 2022
Ingeborg Bröcheler (alt mezzo)
To me, working with Marion is a tremendous joy. She’s detailed in her technique and constant in her approach, which makes it easy to continue building on the progress already made. She always aims for a free and healthy voice, that -on top of that- is truly inspired by the music and by ones soul. She taught me how to control my instrument in such a manner, that the sound of my voice can now reflect the sound of the music I hear in my head – and that is (blissful) freedom.
Palle Fuhr Jøgenson(bas bariton)
Na een zeer moeilijke periode tijdens corona en de demotivatie van alle geannuleerde concerten heeft Marion mijn stem weer goed op de rails gebracht en me weer weten te motiveren om te studeren en mijn techniek op te schroeven na 39 jaar carrière in het Groot Omroep Koor. Ik ben haar daar zeer dankbaar voor en we hebben veel gelachen en leuke lessen gehad samen, dankjewel Marion.
Tiemo Wang (bas bariton)
For a couple of years now I have been working with Marion van den Akker. She really helped me a lot: making my voice a lot stronger, with a more consistent sound and adding more height to it as well. I have therefore been able to expand my repertoire considerably, with pieces such as Mahler’s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ and Moussorgski’s ‘Songs and Dances of Death’.
Marion van den Akker is a highly experienced vocal teacher. She has got very good ears and great technical knowledge of voices and classical singing. Also, her sharp observational and analytical skills lead her to relentlessly look for solutions, improving on seemingly minor details that make a world of difference in the end. Personally, this style of working speaks to me a lot; it resembles my own way of working, both as a singer and violinist.
As a teacher, Marion is very involved and supportive, with an unfailing optimistic energy. At the same time, you can trust her to always be honest and straightforward, which I like very much for in the end it will serve you most in achieving your goals.
Sven Weyens (bas bariton)
Maybe the most important I would like to say about Marion as a coach for singers is; all the things she taught me, whether they are musical or technical advices, they practically make singing work on stage, even under high pressure. It is seldom that I feel nervous about repertoire I worked with Marion van den Akker.
Gert-Jan Alders ( basso profundo)
As a colleague of Marion, I have some vocal coaching from her, which I experience in a way that is just as enthusiastic as it is thorough. Clearly and directly to the cause of imperfections, with immediate effect. If something is technically good, there is also room for appreciation for each other’s musical views. I have a very good feeling about this.
Uros Petrac (tenor)
Marion is one of the first vocal coaches I have experienced who immerses herself in your voice, ensures continuity in my voice development and works without any pressure.
She makes my voice sound in a natural way and is always looking for a natural flow of breath. She likes to ask for my opinion and feeling during the coaching, which gives me the impression of total cooperation. Since working with Marion I have built up a lot of confidence and experience a constant growth as a singer. I have great appreciation for Marion, she is sweet, attentive and I hope for a long-term cooperation.
Marcel Schouten (tenor)
Marion has a meticulous ear for technique and technical issues. Her broad experience both as a singer and in teaching enables her to focus on the right aspect to work on at the right time. Doing so she is not bound to a certain theory and there is no signature sound in her pupils; she improves a specific singer as he or she is to reach his or her potential. Marion is supportive and critical at the same time. Being an alt-mezzo herself she does not shrug away from passaggio issues which can of course be very useful for us tenors. She has enabled me to perform Tamino in my late twenties, now my forties have begun we can work on other repertoire. Working with Marion in singing technique and expression is and has always been a joy for me and I hope we can continue working and improving from now on.
Roelien van Wageningen (alt-mezzo)
Working with Marion is a great search for what suits you. It is a coach that really focuses on your voice. It’s about the profession and the enormous pleasure in singing. In addition, you also have fun in class and she is very committed to you. It’s really nice to have Marion as a coach.
Esther Maas (alt-mezzo)
I have been taking lessons with Marion for some time now. After a very long absence from classical music, I thought it was time to get the technique right. Not easy after singing different music all this time. But Marion got me back on track in no time.
Her strength is not only her immense experience and musicianship but also her endless patience and never stopping until you get it.
A source of inspiration and knowledge!
Marina Besselink (soprano)
Marion always teaches me to build on the development of my voice with focus, love and patience. In my turbulent life she always knows how to give me what I need in the coaching sessions. She has a keen ear and eye for what needs to be worked on. Besides that she works with me on the vocal technical aspect of my voice with precision, knowledge and skill in a thorough structure, I learn so much more from her about singing. Attention is always paid to the musical and personal part of making music. Her professionalism, musicianship, discipline and rich experience as a singer and educator is a great inspiration to me.
She taught me with respect and compassion how to stay close to myself as an artist without losing myself. When I come out of a coaching session with Marion, I always feel that more is possible.
Laura Bohn (soprano)
I remember the first question she asked me was “Do you love your voice?” and this was really remarkable to me – no teacher had ever asked me such a question, and honestly, self love and gentle care of my voice was not what I had been taught by classical teachers in the past. Not only is Marion tuned into this self-respect for the voice and the individual in singing, she is also a fierce technician with a finely tuned ear and dedication to precision and excellence. I feel more connected to my speaking voice than ever in my classical repertoire after working with her for this past year. laurabohn.com
Esther Kuiper (mezzo-soprano)
These days, when focus and patience seem to be scarce, also in the field of vocal studies, Marion takes a difference by digging deep, helping me to find my path to freedom of vocal and artistic expression.
She teaches me how to do the necessary vocal and artistic work and be patient, trusting that real quality will always stand out! She knows exactly how to help build a voice and give you the information and tools how to train your instrument in such a defined and detailed way, that I never experienced with any other teacher before. She never looses the big picture and adapts her teaching to the particular person she is working with. I feel truly blessed to have met Marion and to be able to work with her. estherkuiper.nl