Vanessa Naghdi is a teacher and performer originally from the Washington, D.C. area. She has performed in countless musicals, choirs, and operas and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Vocal Performance. Vanessa received her Master of Music degree from Arizona State University in Music Theatre/Opera Performance. She has worked with companies such as Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, and Arizona Opera since then. Highlights from her performing career include an 8-month residency with Opera Colorado as an Artist in Residence and performing as an Education Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera. Vanessa has been teaching since 2011 and loves to share what she has learned as an avid performer with her students. She teaches each student on an individual basis based on their needs. Vanessa’s vocal teaching technique starts with a strong foundation, focusing on breath, intonation, projection, musicality, and helping each student find their best vocal quality, all of which is practiced through any genre of their choosing. She uses this technique as a stable base for singing classical, musical theatre/Broadway, jazz, pop, rock, country, and any other kind of music. Vanessa has an extensive theatrical and audition background and can include audition techniques and dramatic preparation if desired. Her piano teaching technique focuses on learning to read music, identifying pitches and rhythms accurately, and developing confidence and a love of music while playing. Vanessa loves children, and teaching them and adults alike, as well as beginning through professional students.
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is a 501(c)(3) community music school and professional performing arts center founded in 2001.