Singing in Care is the brainchild of Maartje de Lint. Since studying classical singing & opera under the tutelage of Cora Canne Meijer at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Maartje has performed both at home and abroad as a soloist on various opera and concert stages. Till recently, she had been a member of the Dutch National Opera choir (Amsterdam) for twenty years.
It was during her concerts that Maartje realised her voice had a particularly revitalising and positive effect especially on people with memory problems. Family members of the memory-impaired also reacted emotionally in response and surprise to the renewed lucidity and clear conversations that became possible for the memory-impaired after the singing experience. Maartje was so touched by this that she began researching how her voice – and singing in general – could be included in a special programme designed to serve and engage as many people as possible.
Thus, Singing in Care was born in 2012. Since then Maartje has developed various dedicated programmes and services, as can be seen on this website. She has already been able to share her knowledge and experience with many.
Maartje is constantly expanding her professional expertise in related modalities. She is a certified trainer (BGL Driebergen) in Drama Therapy obtained from the Hogeschool Midden-Nederland; she is a certified Intuition Practitioner (Center for Effective Intuition in Haarlem) and also a certified Peter Hess Sound Therapist.
In 2017, Maartje was accredited with the “Dementia-friendly Together” certificate from Alzheimer Nederland (read the article at news). In 2019, she also provided the side programming for the tour of “Vergeten (Forgotten)”, a performance about dementia by the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Dutch Chamber Choir).
Maartje works with a group of enthusiastic specialists, from pianists and composers to photographers and illustrators, to support everyone involved in caring for someone with dementia.
The science behind Singing in Healthcare
Maartje greatly values the knowledge from the scientific world and collaborates with, among others:
- Anna-Eva Prick, researcher and elderly psychologist
- Wilco Achterberg, professor of institutional care and geriatric medicine LUMC
- Philip Scheltens, neurologist
- Wiesje van der Vlier, researcher at the VUMC Alzheimer Center
- Hans Jeekel, professor of surgery at Erasmus MC and initiator MAM (Music As Medicine).
Orpheus Curat Foundation
By utilising song and music, the Orpheus Curat Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, brain disorders or psychological complaints. The foundation achieves its goal by using Singing Circles and the other dedicated programmes and services created by Maartje de Lint in order to share knowledge and expertise about the gentle power of singing in healthcare. Read more about the foundation at https://www.orpheuscurat.nl.