Janine’s passion for music and singing began at a very early age. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts studies as a solo vocalist (soprano) in 2001, at the Maastricht Academy of Music, training under Frans Kokkelmans. She attained the degree of performing musician, for which she achieved an A grade, as well as the degree of qualified music teacher.
To further qualify and diversify as a musician, Janine studied Musical Theatre at the Brabant Academy in Tilburg. This included drama and dance (classical ballet, jazz, tap and street dance) and musical vocals under Edward Hoepelman. One of the highlights during this period was winning the first prize in the televised singing competition ‘Una Voce Particolare’ in 1998. (Tros tv).
Janine has regularly taken part in acting workshops with Christiane Bruhn in Köln. She successfully took part in the international Opera Masterclass ‘Acting for Singers’ at the Jekerstudios in Maastricht. This masterclass is aimed at young, professional European opera talents. Janine is currently under the tutorship of acclaimed vocal coach Gemma Visser.
As a young opera singer, Janine is very active as a solo vocalist in church services, festivals and concerts, working together with choirs, harmony and symphonic orchestras in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
During and since her studies, Janine has added a wide range of concerts to the above list. These have included performance trips to the Czech Republic, Italy, Australia, Switzerland and Russia.
Janine can currently be seen in frequent concerts and church services at home and abroad. Recently, Janine has performed with great success in a number of jubilee concerts for the Royal Choir Society Mastreechter Staar, in concerts in Baden-Baden, Turin, and Milan under the guidance of Jan Vayne, at the Lago Maggiore, a number of concerts in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia and for ‘Italienische Operngala’ as part of the Monschau Klassik season in Germany. She also performs annually in a number of concerts with the ‘Vlaams Muziek Theater’, Belgium.