Nannette Knappenberger

Nannette Knappenberger, Writers @ Work, November 2019


Nannette Richardson Knappenberger is a 1991 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, with a B.M. in Music Education-Voice, where she was a student of Kathryn Green and Julie Newell.  She also completed graduate studies with an M.S. in Education, with particular emphasis on reading and English language acquisition.

She has been a vocal music teacher for the Little Valley, Bemus Point, and Westfield school districts and currently teaches private voice from her home.  Nannette has worked as a voice teacher at the Fredonia School of Music Choral Camp, under the leadership of Dr. Donald Lang. She has also taught music at the Ana Gonzaga Methodist Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and worked as a youth leader and choir director for the Westfield United Methodist Church, where she led the youth choir in mission tours of the northeast, and Brazil.  Nannette has been a voice teacher for the His Command Performance youth choir, out of Chicago, Illinois, where she worked with Grammy-nominated conductor, Lucy Ding.

When she and her husband adopted eight children and teenagers from Brazil, she dedicated herself to the cultural adjustment and diverse learning needs. This led her to become involved with The Healing Journey, a program designed to improve the lives of adult women through spiritual focus, as a group facilitator.  Her voice students have won numerous awards and recognition including many New York All-State singers, and All-Eastern U.S. singers. She and her husband Kent make their home in Westfield, NY, and she has restored their 1850 farmhouse and kept her husband from losing his mind. (Kent added that!)

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