Vanessa Ague

Development and Research Associate

Vanessa Ague is a lifelong music lover and recent graduate of Yale University. Her passion for the arts began in a toddler music course with her mother where she first heard the sound of a violin playing Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto. She started playing the instrument soon after, and since has fallen in love with many kinds of music in many kinds of ways. At Yale, she co-directed WYBCx Yale Radio’s music department and ran a weekly show about experimental music and its connections to popular music, played violin in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and was an active volunteer and leader at the Women’s Center. She also had the opportunity to work as an intern at many wonderful arts organizations, including the New York Philharmonic and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Since graduating, she’s worked as an intern and occasional writer at WQXR and as a development assistant at The Little Orchestra Society. In her time away from work, she enjoys reading longreads.com, creative writing, and listening to everything from podcasts to shoegaze to debates to free jazz. She’s excited to bring her love of spreadsheets, writing, and, of course, cool sounds to the National Sawdust team.