About Ineke van Doorn

Ineke van Doorn uses the name Ineke Vandoorn when she performs


Ineke Vandoorn has been described in the press as ‘the adventurer among Dutch jazz singers’. She graduated in classical piano (1987) and jazz singing (1988) from the Utrecht Conservatory (the Netherlands) and received her master’s in jazz singing in 2009.


Ineke has studied a variety of vocal methods in depth, such as the nasality method of Dr. Pahn, EVTS, CVT, CoreSinging, breath therapy and the Roy Hart method. She studied Indian vocal percussion, and has had lessons with Betty Carter, Sheila Jordan, Norma Winstone, Bob Stoloff, Jeanne Lee, Phil Mattson, Peggy Larson, Shelley Hirsch, Dean Bowman, Steve Coleman, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler and others. From 2001 to 2003, she lived and worked in the Van Doesburg house, an artists’ retreat in Paris.



Since 1993, Ineke has been a teacher of singing majors at the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem (The Netherlands). Besides teaching singing, she teaches singing methods, physiology, technique and improvisation. In 2011 she started to organize and teach professional development courses for singing teachers. Ineke was  on the board of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA) for 6 years (2014-2019).


Ineke has been working as a singing teacher since 1985. She started to teach at a music school, teaching amateurs, and has given hundreds of workshops throughout the Netherlands. Her students include amateur and professional singers and singing teachers, actors, choir singers, dancers, drama teachers, music teachers and Zen monks, whom she has taught improvisation, interpretation, singing technique and lyric writing. She has given master classes at almost every conservatory in the Netherlands, and during tours she has given workshops in Japan (Tokyo), Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatoon), the USA (St. Paul, Ganado), Germany (Jazz Institute Berlin) and Indonesia (Jakarta).


Ineke has been invited to lecture at Eurovox - The Hague (2018), for the EVTA-Be (2019), ICVT - Stockholm (2017), IJVC - Helsinki (Finland-2015, 2017 and 2019),  the annual meeting of the French Singing Teachers Association (AFPC) (2016), Eurovox - Riga (Latvia - 2015), Leo Sings - Aalborg (Denmark-2014), annual meeting of the Dutch Singing Teachers Association (2013), Prins Claus Conservatory, Groningen (NL - 2013), McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul (USA - 2012) and elsewhere.



Ineke combines a lyrical singing style revolving around text with improvisations (free and over-chord changes) in which she sometimes use multi-effects processors. Since 1993 she and guitarist/composer Marc van Vugt have led their own groups, including Vandoorn (until 2003) and the jazz chamber orchestra Big Bizar Habit (since 1996). The two have released thirteen CDs with original works for which Ineke writes the lyrics.


In 2001 they won the Edison Jazz Award (the Dutch Grammy Award) for the CD Love is a Golden Glue. The following year, the CD Uncovered was nominated for an Edison Jazz Award in two categories. Ineke has toured Canada, Japan, Hungary, France, Germany and Indonesia, has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and at festivals in New York, Vienna and Paris. She has worked and recorded with many artists including Vince Mendoza, Kenny Wheeler, Robin Eubanks, Andy Sheppard, Thomas Chapin, Eric Vloeimans, David Linx and Sylvain Beuf.


At the invitation of the NPS (Dutch National Radio), Ineke van Doorn and Marc van Vugt recorded their work with the Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza and John Clayton. The recordings were released on the CD Dawn (2006). In 2007 she and Marc van Vugt were guest soloists with the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Dutch Chamber Choir) in a program written by them entitled Inventing Jazz. In 2015, they initiated Ballroom Dreams, a collaborative production with the vocal ensembles amarcord (Germany) and Wishful Singing (from the Netherlands).


In 2016 Ineke initiated a collaboration with dancer/choreographer Cecilia Moisio. Together they made a work-in-progress called Circle, a multi disciplinaire performace with spoken word, music, dance, movement. The piece was premiere at the Dutch Dance Days. In 2017/2018 they developed Circle into a full version called 'I Can See Myself Through Your Eyes'. This piece combines spoken word, music, dance, movement, video and light. The piece was very succesful and only got 4 star reviews.


With the 11-strong jazz chamber orchestra Big Bizar Habit, in which Ineke plays piano and sings, she performed the (what about) WORDS Suite (2014), the Vandoesburg Suite (2004-2005) and the improvised space opera Alice in Space (2007). In 2013 she and Marc van Vugt started their CD series Collectables with the CDs White and (what about) WORDS (2014). These CDs are recordings of productions with Robin Eubanks, Big Bizar Habit, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Andy Sheppard and Sylvain Beuf.


From 2000 to 2008 Ineke played in a duo with pianist Jeroen van Vliet, with whom she released the CD Low Tide. From 2003 to 2009 she was part of the German United Women’s Orchestra, performing at jazz festivals throughout Europe. In 2009-2010 she performed her solo program Vocal Diary One.


More information

For more information about Ineke van Doorn

www.inekevandoorn.com (english website)