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About Vannesa

I am a flutist, teacher, and arts manager originally from the Washington D.C. metro area. I earned my Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts Management degrees from George Mason University.

 

What brings me to Dallas? I am excited to begin my Master of Music at University of North Texas under the instruction of Terri Sundberg. While in Dallas, I hope to bring my expertise of teaching in an array of settings: privately, through sectionals, and workshops. I have had experience working with local arts councils, performing arts venues, and music schools in a variety of project-based areas not limited to content creation, press material preparation, grassroots marketing research, grant proposal writing, and overall administrative duties.

During my studies at George Mason University I performed as principal flutist of the orchestra, wind symphony, and various chamber ensembles. I was selected as a finalist in the Mid- Atlantic collegiate soloist competition and a performer in the Guest Artist Masterclass with Valerie Coleman. I have also been selected to perform in masterclasses with Dionne Jackson, Sarah Frisof, and Leah Arsenault among others. I am grateful to have been selected as one of six students as an international teaching scholar to represent George Mason's School of Music. While in Cost Rica, we performed and taught in collaboration with the Mason Community Arts Academy, the School of Music, the Nacional Instituto de la Musica in Costa Rica, and the SINEM Program, the Costa Rican government's initiative to establish quality music programs in communities. It is truly an amazing thing to see how music is used as a vehicle for social and societal improvement and the profound impact of music on a society.