The Heroine’s Journey of Vera Anselmo

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love to help people to discover their passions!

Sometimes, teachers come to us with little teaching experience, and mostly want a steady job to pay their rent.

But often enough, they change through this process and become passionate advocates for music & arts education.

Likewise, students who begin  their journey with us, often see practicing as a chore, but then realize what it is all about, become engaged, and ultimately, blossom

What is my idea of happiness?

Helping others make me very happy!

The secret of living is giving

It took me a long time to understand this principle

What is my greatest fear?

No fear

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I don’t have any regrets

Life is a lesson

Everything good and bad co-exists together

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I admire all great leaders in education who inspire children and youth

What is my greatest extravagance?

Spending time watching movies

Love the cinema

On what occasion would I lie?

When I need to clear the house of junk.

I lie a lot about throwing things away))

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?


There are always setbacks on occasion, but then the payoff is far greater

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I love attending students’ performances

And feel deeply fulfilled after seeing youngsters shine

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Learn how to cook :-/

What is my greatest achievement in work?


I feel this journey has helped tremendously!

I was very naïve and immature when I first started

Where would I most like to live?

Europe probably

South of Spain

But I am happy anywhere there is good whether

What is my most treasured possession?

My daughter

What is my most marked characteristic?

Being persistent

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I am not really attached to a specific location

But events and people inspire me: I attend workshops, masterclasses, performances

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Korea town in midtown, NYC

Love spicy Asian food

What books influenced my life and how?

My most favorite book from childhood is Mumu by Turgenev

I cried my eyes out

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Definitely Bach

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

In my childhood, I watched Russian cartoons that are truly great

So, I have to say Cheburashka

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Leaders in my community who don’t have a hidden agenda

A rare gift

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?


Guess who is coming to dinner

What role play stories in my life and work?

Stories are priceless

They teach you what to expect of yourself, and how to elevate others

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

To me, you create your own path

You can inspire many people by creating something new or unique

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My husband and my dog

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

Teach for America

Success Academies

Bright Horizons

What project, am I looking forward to work on?

My projects are ongoing with Anselmo Academy!

We connect with local schools & communities in NY & NJ, and organize enrichment-type Music and/or Theater Group class programs.

Our private lessons offerings are also in  ALL Music instruments and Acting lessons.

This school year, 2022/23, we have had great interest in our offerings with over 1800 students.

The highlights of our programs are Annual Youth Competition

And Gifted & Talented Recitals

You can see our ongoing projects through our E-Newsletters: Academy newsletter & OnStage newsletter

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Our social media platforms have many pictures, videos, and Live broadcasts with prominent musicians, pedagogues and students

Where can you see me or my work?

I work behind the scenes mostly!

My presence can be seen at Live on Face book events we organize every month.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Very well said!

I wake up every day feeling motivated to do something of value for the students, families and the communities we serve.

My passion is to bring joy and meaningful experiences to all students.

My commitment is also to our fantastic staff of administrators and teachers,- couldn’t do this without them

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Irina Gorin

Ronn Yedidia

Aaron Flagg

How can you contact me?


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