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Vanessa Montelongo is currently pursing a Master of Music degree in Music Performance. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Studies, K-12 Teaching Certification from Texas State University- San Marcos in Fall 2011.
Vanessa was born and raised in Laredo, Texas where she graduated from United High School in 2005. She attended Texas A&M University- Kingsville and studied with Dr. Jennifer R. Sholtis. She had the opportunity to compete and participate with the TAMUK Horn Society at the Texas Music Educators Association Music Showcase 2006, Southeast Horn Workshop 2006, the International Horn Symposium 2007 in La-chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and the South Texas Horn Workshop in 2008. She continued her education at Texas State University- San Marcos and studied with Mr. H. Stephen Hager. There she was able to create the Bobcat Horn Society, was Principal horn for both Tx State University Wind Ensemble and the Tx State Symphony Orchestra Fall 2008-Spring 2011. With the Bobcat Horn Society, she was able to perform with the ensemble at the International Horn Symposium 2012 in Denton, Tx at the University of North Texas. Vanessa is a 2012-2013 Concerto & Aria Competition winner, she did the Illinois premiere of Ellensong by James Moberley with the Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble and was a Summer Music Institute counselor for the summer of 2013. Vanessa has had various master classes with Michel Garcin-Marrou, Paul Basler, Tom Bacon and Gail Williams.
After Vanessa graduates, she plans on moving back to Texas to teach secondary level music education before pursuing her Doctoral degree in Horn Performance. Her future goal is to be a horn professor at a University.