Having her music described as “gorgeous” and “wonderful” has been music to Maretha’s ears.  Her compositions, steeped in the sounds of South Africa, is an eclectic personal expression of her impressions of life.  Sharing her music with others brings her great joy and satisfaction.                        

Born in South Africa, Maretha completed various music degrees at the University of Pretoria.  After having lived and worked in England and Scotland for 8 years, she now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud South African-American.

Maretha is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts degree (Composition) at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), studying under Dr. Inés Thiebaut. Having been accepted into the Juilliard Extension Program, she completed a violin piece with Conrad Cummings over Summer 2021, and is currently working with Ray Lustig in the Juilliard Extension Composition Lab. Maretha is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Glenn Glasow Fellowship in Composition at Cal State East Bay. She has recently gone through to the second round of admissions to attend the 2022 Vienna Summer Music Festival as a composer.  In addition to her creative work, Maretha is also active as a scholar.  She was chosen as a Pioneer Scholar for the 2021-2022 Center for Student Research (CSR) Scholar’s Program at CSUEB.  She was also selected to present a paper at the 2021 International Summer School of the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies in Norway.    

Having found her voice as a composer later in her career, Maretha has written music for various instruments and ensembles.  Her reed quintet, “Maskquerade” has been recorded by Splinter Reeds, and the saxophone quartet, “Mieliepap” by the Mana Saxophone Quartet.  For her long-term collaborative electro-acoustic project, “Klankies,” Maretha has been working with various visual artists, using their paintings as a template to explore her identity as a white, Afrikaans, immigrant woman composer.  

Maretha is also very active and invested in supporting other composers.  She initiated and manages a concert series for the performance of original music at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Fremont, together with Professor Giancarlo Aquilanti and Rev. Jeff Dodge.  She is currently collaborating with fellow students in the Juilliard Extension program, creating “Composagrams.”  She is also working on her first string quartet with Dr. Inés Thiebaut.  

Current projects:

  • Cello solo (in collaboration with James Waldo)
  • Piano suite
  • String Quartet