Our Song Leader and Choir Director: Maider Martineau

Maider Martineau

Maider comes to us with a wealth of musical experience in vocal technique, conducting choirs and vocal workshops in classical, popular and Basque traditional song. She has completed a Masters in Music at the Université Laval, training in instrumental education, song, Quebecois accordion, jazz piano and percussion.

Originally from Pays-Basque, Maider also holds degrees from the Conservatory of Toulouse and L'Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse, France, where she studied song, the Basque accordion and alboka (a single reed instrument), and got her degree for electroacoustic music composition. She says that she developed her passion for singing while growing up in the Basque culture where singing is a regular part of life. "At dinner, everyone sings!" Contact choir@ucmtl.ca.