is an award-winning
Pianist, & Music Educator
She believes whole heartedly in music-making that feels
Vanessa provides professional music that soothes the spirit, lifts the heart, inspires the mind, and connects community.
All levels welcome! No previous music experience necessary.
Music is your birthright.
Vanessa is a professional musician and music educator
with 27+ years professional experience,
with a passion for supporting, nurturing, and encouraging all
in the JOY of making music!
Music Lessons for all ages and levels in Piano, Harp, and Voice
Service music for Memorials, Weddings, Events
"Vanessa is a talented harpist, a versatile singer and a wonderful collaborator.
Her musical skill and knowledge, as well as her sensitivity as a musician and listener, made her harp accompaniment a moving and effective enhancement of my stories. It was a pleasure to work with Vanessa, from my initial proposal to the final performance. The audience was enchanted during her set of songs. I would be delighted to hear Vanessa anytime, anywhere, as a solo performer and as a partner with other artists."
Claire Miller, Professional Storyteller
Vanessa means 'Butterfly' in Greek. Papillon means 'Butterfly' in French.
Like Butterfly's metamorphosis from Caterpillar,
you can come to know your own edge of possibilities,
release old patterns,
create new ones,
into your music-filled Life!
With patience and kindness, and a 'little and often' music practice,
you can add more pleasure, inspiration and beauty
to your life!
"It is an honour to hear you, to play and sing for your gathering,
and to share musical space with you!
Thanks for being here."
What is it like to work with Vanessa?
Vanessa brought our guests together in song helping to heighten the feeling of being connected in community and allowing everyone to participate in the ceremony. The songs were personal, sweet and celebratory. Vanessa masterfully created a safe space and infused the experience with joy. We would highly recommend her services to anyone wanting to add a unique and meaningful element to their gathering.
~Colleen & Rowan
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You can hear Vanessa & Estelle Thomson ART & YOGA explore voice on the SHE Quest Podcast (one of her most listened-to episodes!) here.