Vanessa Ng is a third-year music education major at the University of Toronto and she is currently the Vice-President Communications of the Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association. She is the recipient of academic and merit-based scholarships, most recently of which are the Frank Harmantas Trombone Scholarship from the University of Toronto and the Geoffrey E. Norton Memorial Scholarship from the Norton family. She first began her musical journey at a young age when her parents enrolled her in piano lessons. She has competed and won piano competitions in festivals such as the Adagio Music Festival and New Conservatory of Music Festival in both solo and duet competitions with her sister, Serena. She enjoys teaching piano and trombone and got her first taste of Music Education in when she was in Grade 10 as a piano teacher for young children and toddlers.
Vanessa has been a member of ensembles such as the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, Ontario Provincial Honour Band, and Rouge River Winds. She is an active member of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, participating in the ensemble for three years as a musician, serving as the Librarian of the Wind Orchestra and Coach of the Low Brass section of the Symphonic Winds. She has been a guest speaker on a panel with the Canadian Women’s Brass Collective, discussing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Canadian music industry. Vanessa is passionate about inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, and serves on IDEA committees for both the Ontario and Canadian Band Associations.
In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog Cookie, taking care of the plants on her windowsill, and playing ragtime piano.