Veronica Chapman-Smith

Veronica C.

Philadelphia, PA

About Veronica C.

Veronica teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2003
Last sign in: Last week


With a voice that has been described as €œexquisite, sublime, and pure beauty, soprano Veronica has performed with opera companies and orchestras across the country while keeping firm roots in her hometown of Philadelphia. She has performed with small choruses and full orchestras, in intimate outdoor venues and major opera houses. She is an Artist in Residence at Temple University and has sung as a core member of many local choral ensembles, but frequently travels outside of the area to perform.

Recently returned from Shenandoah Bach Festival€™s Mozart C minor mass, and her first Countess with the Shenandoah Bach Festival€™s concert version Le nozze di Figaro. 2010-2011 season also took Veronica on tour for the Northeast Louisiana / Union Parish Arts Councilâ™s Amazing Grace (featuring music of various religions, time periods and styles).

In 2008-2009 Veronica sang the role of the High Priestess for Opera Birmingham’s Aida, and added several new roles to her repertoire, including Liu (Turandot) with Opera Birmingham, the title role in Lakme with Concert OPERA of Philadelphia and Nedda (I Pagliacci) with Sycamore Opera and The Cousin (Madama Butterfly) with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Of her finessed and dramatic portrayal of Liu, the press remarked that (she) sang passionately in the tear-jerking Act 1 aria, "Signore, ascolta," her final high pianissimo notes suspended in pure beauty. In Act 3, she provided one of the opera's most startling and poignant moments when she stabbed herself at the end of "Tu che di gel." She also performed a recital of opera and Broadway favorites to open Opera Birmingham€™s performance season and traveled to Louisiana to celebrate the holidays as a soloist for the Northern Louisiana / Union Parish Arts Council€™s I™ll Be Home for Christmas concerts.

Veronica performed two roles in Porgy and Bess in 2008, singing Clara with Opera Birmingham and Lilly with Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also appeared with Opera Delaware as Gianetta in The Gondoliers and won fifth place and audience favorite in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.

2007 was a year of rave reviews for Veronica on both the opera and the concert stage. Of Opera Birmingham€™s production of Cenerentola, Michael Huebner of The Birmingham News remarked "The role of Clorinda was engagingly sung, Veronica milked the sister's arrogance and ineptitude for all their worth. This was a five star production!€ Her recital performance with famed mezzo Marietta Simpson and bass Kevin Maynor was praised by the Birmingham Times, €œVeronica'€™s agility and confidence in the upper register created some of the concert's most sublime passages. Her embellishments in 'Ride On King Jesus' were exquisite." Additional concert performances took her Muskegon, MI for performances with the West Shore Symphony, to Tennessee for the Memphis Symphony€™s televised Home for The Holidays€ concert and to Spoleto, Italy for the invitational Festival di Due Monde.

During 2006 Veronica performed Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera with Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) with Delaware Valley Opera Company, and the title character in Little Red Riding Hood with Opera Birmingham. Michael Caruso of the Chestnut Hill Local called her a romantic and pearl voiced Fiordiligi. She also performed several musical theater selections with Bristol Riverside Theater for their Summer Musicale and then their holiday-themed Winter Musicale. Anita Donovan of The Trenton Times remarked, œVeronica'™s €powerful version of Summertime€™, €˜I Loves You Porgy€™, My Man€™s Gone Now€™, and (the duet) €˜Bess You Is My Woman Now€™ makes one long or a full-scale revival.€

2005 Veronica performed Edith in Pirates of Penzance with Gulf Atlantic Symphony of Florida, Violetta (student matinee performance) and Aninna (main stage production) for Center City Opera Theater€™s La Traviata. That summer she returned to Ash Lawn Opera Festival and appeared as Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. She was also chosen to be Gretel in Opera Birmingham’s educational tour of Hansel and Gretel. After leaving Birmingham she sang Donna Elvira with New York Opera Project, in which Debra Banerjee of the Scarsdale Inquire called her performance €œvery emotional€¦ very dramatic presence.€

Veronica spent most of 2004 away from her Philadelphia home performing with Opera Colorado as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (outreach ensemble) and Berta (student matinee performance) in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She also performed the roles of Susanna (one performance) and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Theater of The Rockies in Colorado Springs, and performed with the Colorado Symphony in their €œOpera on The Rocks€ concert at Red Rocks. That summer she was chosen as an apprentice at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival singing the Boylen Sister in Annie and Berta (cover) in The Barber of Seville.

In 2003 Veronica made her professional debut performing the title role in the Savoy Company€™s production of Princess Ida, and appeared with the Young Artist Program at Natchez Opera Festival performing the role of the Princess in Fair Means of Foul. That same year she also performed at Shaker Mountain Opera as Gianetta in L'€™elisir d'€™amore and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.

She has also been a soprano soloist for the Charlotte Symphony, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Mendelsshon Club of Philadelphia, Ursinus College, In Clara Voce, and Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas to name a few. She is known for her very versatile vocal abilities. Some demonstrations of her flexibility include her appearance with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia as the voice of Joan of Arc (a part that previously was only sung by members of the well-known group Anonymous 4) in Richards Einhorn'€™s Voices of Light and her appearance as soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.

Veronica’s upcoming engagements include First Lady in Opera Delaware's production of The Magic Flute, covering Pamina in the same production, and Soprano One in the solo quartet of Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Manon Lescaut.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching piano/music reading and voice lessons of all ages since 2003. I really enjoy exploring the journey of learning about music with my students.

With voice lessons we learn the fundamentals of singer (breath, "placement", pitch accuracy, rhythm accuracy, and diction) Most students see a marked improvement in their singing ability in about 3-6 months. Singing is not always easy, but in a nurturing, safe environment I allow my students to realize their true potential.

In piano/music reading lessons I teach beginners. At these lessons you will learn basics of music reading music, rhythm exercises, and the basics of music theory. My attitude about playing piano is the same as singing, it may not be easy all the time but the time invested in learning will be worth the reward of being able to play an instrument!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front living room, full electric piano, two chairs and a sofa, room for parents to sit in on lesson

Photos and Videos

Lui with Opera Birmingham


Masters in Music Vocal Perfprmance

Sep 2000 - May 2002
temple university

BM Vocal Perfofmance

Sep 1994 - May 2000
Temple University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


American Guild of Musical Artists

Sep 2002

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

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14 Reviews on Veronica C.

Mary Ann T. Sep 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Provides encouraging feedback and helpful, detailed suggestions to improve the quality of your voice.
Marcus Mar 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great , To the point, and very helpful. Seen improvement in vocal ability on day one. I would definitely refer Veronica to the help and adjustment you need.
Alicia S. Aug 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Nice, open, great
Kris A. Oct 29, 2013
Verified Student
The Best!

Veronica is a really superb instructor in every way. Because of her skill as a teacher, her ability to diagnose problems and correct them my singing ability has grown beyond my expectations.Veronica is so knowledgeable, talented and gifted as a teacher and singer. I don't know how I got so lucky! Did I mention that she is a lot of fun to work with?
Jaron G. May 7, 2013
Verified Student
Magnificent Teacher

We have been nothing but impressed with Veronica! She's taken our daughter's singing ability to places we didn't think possible.
CarolynM Jan 5, 2012
Veronica is an excellant vocal coach and teacher, she is great making my daughter enjoy what she is learning!!!!! My daughter Sammi has come so far so fast during her time with Veronica!
LoidaH Dec 20, 2011

I have been taking vocal lessons from Veronica for a few weeks now and she is great! She is very patient with me and gives positive feedback. I love that she is straight forward and to the point when it comes to being precise in anunciating the words of each song. Thanks to lessons with her, I was accepted to the Music Performance Major at my college.
PrincessA Nov 20, 2011

I like Veronica's keen sense of hearing. she is extremely picky in a good way. she won't settle for less than what she thinks you are capable of. she pushes you towards excellence. Thanks Veronica for all of your help and words of encouragement. PRINCESS
VedaB Nov 19, 2011
Thank you!

Thank you! Thank you for you patience. Thank you for your gentle, yet firm way of teaching Jasmine. Thank you for being sensitive to her special needs, but, not allowing it to be an excuse for not performing her best. Thank you for catering to her age. Thank you for allowing your lessons to be fun. She loves your class and look forward to Friday (4 p.m.)... You have a special gift that children need and can appreciate. THANK YOU!
DonovanA Oct 30, 2011
Veronica is an amazing teacher!
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