Karin Maritz lectures in recorder, chamber music, teaching didactics, music education and business ethics on undergraduate as well as post-graduate level.
Her initial impetus came from teacher Thelmay Linde and Irmgard Winkler-Haller, who inspired her to follow a career in music. She studied recorder (BMus solo performance) with conductor and composer Dr Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg at Stellenbosch University. At Stellenbosch, she also studied flute with Dianne Mitchell-Baker and classical guitar with Dietrich Wagner. At Unisa, she studied with Prof. Niel Geldenhuys and obtained her licentiates in recorder.
Having played instruments from both the brass- and woodwind families, she chose to pursue a career as a recorder specialist. She had a very active career as solo performer, did many recordings for the SABC which were broadcasted regularly. Her initial career spanned three schools as well as the University of the Western-Cape, before she was appointed at Stellenbosch University. Initially more well-known and active as a guitar accompanist, she gradually started to focus more specifically on recorder as a speciality field as well as in Baroque historical performance and the art of ornamentation. The recorder department at the Department of Music currently hosts arguably the largest number of students specialising in the instrument in the country, either as soloists or in ensemble and/or chamber music context. Some of her past students have pursued their studies and careers in Europe and America as successful soloists and/or chamber music musicians and teachers.
Karin is a well-known adjudicator at eisteddfods and music events around the country. She is also a regular presenter of workshops and master classes with specific focus on performance practice, chamber music, Baroque ornamentation and the French Baroque style in general. She is also a Unisa music examiner.
She obtained her MMus degree cum laude in 2002 at Stellenbosch, with specific emphasis on the methodology, interpretation and performance of the French Baroque style.