Music Direction 

Vanessa has had the incredible opportunity to study with the best of the best in the field of music direction for musicals. From individual lessons from Broadway's Carmel Dean and masterclasses with Maestra MD (the women who make the music on Broadway) to the Goodspeed's Music Direction Intensive, Vanessa has learned from the people who set the precedent on being a professional in the field of music direction for musicals. 

 

With her patience and sense of humor from years of working with children, Vanessa can music direct your production with a positivity and passion that only a true lover of musical theatre can bring!

 

TADA! Youth Theatre

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

 

  • Accompanist

  • Choral Director

    • ​Lead vocal warm-ups

    • Assisted in teaching choral parts

    • Arranged parts for young singers

LAPD Community Youth Choir

Fall 2016

 

  • Worked with LAPD in Newton Precinct

  • Artistic and Choral Director

    • ​Lead vocal warm-ups

    • Assisted in teaching choral parts

    • Arranged parts for young singers

Neighborhood Rock School

March 2014 - October 2016

 

  • Musical Theater Program Director

    • Developing curriculum

    • Guiding students with voice 

    • Acting technique

    • Promotion & Marketing

  • Private instrumental instruction

    • Voice

    • Ukulele

    • Piano

    • Guitar

  • "Rockin' Choir" Music Director

    • ​Leading vocal warm-ups

    • Teaching choral parts

    • Choosing/arranging repertory

 

 

The Sound of Music

Summer 2014

 

  • Orchestral Guitarist

  • Assistant Music Director

    • ​Lead vocal warm-ups

    • Assisted in teaching choral parts

 

 

Mired Church's Spring Concert

Spring 2014

 

  • Choir Director

    • Arranged contemporary choral music

    • Taught choral parts

    • Taught vocal/choral technique

 

 

Annie

Winter 2013

 

  • Assistant Music Director

    • Assisted in teaching choral parts

Skills

  • Choral Direction

  • Intermediate Piano

  • Ear-Training

  • Teaching Choral Parts

  • English

  • Conversational Spanish

Columbia College Chicago

​June 2010 

 

B.A. - Musical Theater Performance

New York University

May 2019

 

M.A. - Music Therapy​

Goodspeed Music Direction Intensive

January 2020

 

Maestra Music Direction Masterclasses

May 2019

Private Studies
2001 - present

 

Musical Theater Voice:                             

Jamie Cordes

Roberta Duchak

Phil Caldwell

Dan Callaway

Georgia Stitt (Masterclass)

Opera Voice:

Krystle Casey

 

Classical Piano:

Emily Stoia

Norman Mamey

David Stahl

Lily Popova

 

Classical Guitar:

Michael Fonte

Music Direction: 

Carmel Dean