Demi VanderWerff, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate Summa Cum Laude from Jacksonville State University with a concentration in Vocal Studies. She works as an active performer, director, and teacher in the Southeastern region. Demi has a passion for working with young singers to foster a positive attitude and a solid musical understanding. Her favorite roles include Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), Musetta (La Boheme), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Kate (Madama Butterfly), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), Mary (The Nativity According to St. Luke), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Lucy (The Telephone). Demi has been engaged with Mississippi Opera, University of Mobile Opera, Ars Nova School of the Arts, Jacksonville Opera Theater, Opera Upper West, The Huntsville Community Chorus, Bloomington Cantata Project, National Opera Association, IU Opera, Alabama A&M Choral Studies, Druid City Opera, and Fantasy Playhouse. Actively involved in the outreach of opera, Demi has directed children’s operas Gertrude McFuzz and Sid the Serpent, and participated in Indiana University’s non-profit Round About Opera for Kids. In 2015, Demi served as the intern for the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is pursing her Masters of Music in Voice Performance at University of Mobile.