Having her music described as “gorgeous” and “wonderful” (Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti, composer and professor of music theory at Stanford University), 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 has written music for various instruments and ensembles, including electronic music. 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 currently enrolled in a Master of Arts degree (Composition) at California State University, East Bay, studying under Dr. Inés Thiebaut and Marko Bajzer. She was accepted into the Juilliard Evening Division Summer Composition Intensive 2021, working under Conrad Cummings

Current projects

  • Violin and piano sonata
  • Piano suite
  • Choral composition, commissioned by Patricia Ptierzyk at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale.