About Vanessa & the Green Dot Journey
A versatile musician, Vanessa combines years of formal classical training (Butler University, the University of Nevada, Reno), with effortless charisma and rare artistic fluidity. Transitioning seamlessly from the Classical and folk repertoires, she is as capable and captivating a fiddler and improvisor as she is an interpreter of the greatest works of Western Classical music. Her performances are, in a word, serendipity.
For the past three years, Vanessa has performed to rave reviews in over thirty house concerts and recitals in northern Nevada and northern California, including a multimedia performance of Beethoven’s complete violin sonata cycle, streamed live via the Internet to her ever-expanding, international fan base.
Vanessa has participated in several music festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon, and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with many orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony and the Fresno Philharmonic. She has always been passionate about teaching and loves connecting with young people through music. Vanessa has been teaching violin lessons for 17 years and has built large studios in Indiana and Nevada as well as creating and directing the annual Reno Violin Camp.
Apart from her demanding performance and teaching schedule, Vanessa remains a tireless supporter of the arts and is actively seeking out the best up-and-coming composers across the United States. On July 1st, 2014 she announced seven winners for her first Green Dot Journey Composer Project Competition and regularly performs their regionally-inspired pieces on concert programs across America as part of the Green Dot Journey.