Monica Vanderveen, our newest addition to the Saucon Valley Music family, began playing the piano at the age of 6, and was active in music departments through Junior High & High School, singing in choruses, performing in musicals, and playing in the orchestra.
She participated in numerous auditions and competitions, attending the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and, as winner of the Reading Symphony Youth Auditions, performed as soloist with the Symphony at 17.
She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with a minor in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory where she sang the role of Miles in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and performed as piano soloist with the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra.
At Oberlin she began working with other musicians as a collaborative artist, an activity which remains a large part of her work today. Monica received a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She studied privately with Julian Martin and Ellen Mack, and worked with Philip Highfill and Samuel Sanders in collaborative arts.
She held the title of Associate Coach at the Julliard School, and Assistant Director of Musical Studies at the San Francisco Opera, working with young artists in the Merola and Adler Fellow programs. Monica has worked as rehearsal pianist for the main stage in San Francisco and as coach and accompanist with the Aspen Music Festival, New National Theatre in Tokyo, and Compagnie Lyrique Sotto Voce in Paris, France.
She works frequently with the Berks Opera Workshop in performances and outreach programs. Ms. Vanderveen’s recital collaborations include performances on the San Francisco Schwabacher Debut recital series and in the Berks county area.
She loves teaching and sharing what she has learned, has taught piano students ages 6 – 60, and has worked with singers from beginners to professionals.