Raised on a farm in the small town of Lynden, ON, Naomi Van Manen was introduced to music at a very young ago by her Dad who would graciously allowed her to sit beside him on the organ bench while he played for family worship. After showing an interest in music, Naomi was enrolled in piano lessons at the young age of 5. Being homeschooled from kindergarten through grade 12, gave opportunity for more time spent in lessons and practicing, and in grade 8, Naomi came under the piano tutelage and mentorship of Russian teacher, Olga Tcherniak of Ancaster, ON.
Naomi has performed in music festivals, competitions and exams since the early grades, and completed and received The Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diplomas for Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy at the age of 18. Naomi has been teaching students of all ages since grade 8, has accompanied various choirs, solo instrumentalists and vocalists, small ensembles, and continues also to play for church and weddings.
In 2011, Naomi was married to her sweetheart, Richard, and together with their three young children, reside in Brantford, ON. Life is busy but blessed, but music continues on in their household with piano students coming for lessons, and accompanying congregational singing in her church.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
- Psalm 95:1