Vannia’s philosophy professor and mentor, Dr. John Immerwahr, encouraged her love of music and inspired her to continue her music studies at Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Jeff Irvine and Lynne Ramsey and earned a Bachelor of Music. At DePaul University, Vannia studied with Rami Solomonov and completed her Master of Music in Performance.
As a teacher Vannia shares her passion with her students. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Edward Kreitman, Nancy Jackson, and Tom Wermuth at the Western Springs School for Talent Education and with Michelle George at the Music Institute of
Chicago. Vannia is on faculty at the
From 1995 to 1996, Vannia was violist of the Graduate String Quartet at Wichita State University and a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. From 1996 to 2004, Vannia was the violist of Lyra Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at Carthage College. She held the position of principal violist of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2004.
Vannia with compser John Adams
of Columbia College (CBMR), and Elgin Symphony. She has recorded numerous times with the Sinfonietta and CBMR. During her first eight years in Chicago, she frequently escaped its winter weather to perform with the Key West Symphony.
Vannia performs on on Mornings with Whitney
A lover of period instrument music, Vannia worked with Marilyn McDonald, playing in the baroque orchestra at OberlinConservatory. She later studied at the International Baroque
Festival at Longy, where she performed in masterclasses with Elizabeth Blumenstock and Dana Maiben. In Chicago she has played baroque viola with Baroque Band, Chicago Opera Theater, and Urban Baroque. She has performed on WFMT with Baroque Band. Vannia can be heard on Baroque Band’s recording of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Mensa Sonora and the soon-to-be-released recording of the complete overtures by English composer Maurice Greene (1696-1755). These recordings are on the Cedille label.
Vannia performs with actor Martin Sheen