Born into a family of musicians and singers, it was not a surprise that Veronica D. Stem showed musical gifting at the early age of 2 years old. After realizing that there was something special and unique about her persistent desire and love for the piano, her parents selected Mrs. Imogene Burnett as her private piano teacher and musical guide. At the age of 9, Stem began playing for Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church as the Sunday School Musician. By the next year, she would be playing and teaching the adult choir and later would be appointed the Minister of Music.
A Clarksville native, Stem was formerly known by her maiden name of Long. Before graduating from Northeast High School, Stem studied voice under Ms. Nancy Slaughter and piano accompaniment with Debbie A. Wilson. It was there that a talent and love for singing opera and classical music was discovered. As a junior in high school, Stem was selected for The Governor’s School for the Arts, where only 8 sopranos were chosen across the state of TN. She was ranked number 3.
In 1996, Stem entered Austin Peay State University as a full vocal music scholarship recipient. While studying voice with Dr. Thomas King and later with Jean Ferrarraccio and Lisa Bishop, Stem participated in the Opera Workshop as well as the University Choir and the well-known APSU Chamber Singers under Dr. George Mabry. Mrs. Stem is also a pupil of Professor Anne Glass in piano. Later she received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Liberal Studies/ Vocal Music with a minor concentration in Communication Arts from Austin Peay. She attended Trevecca Nazarene University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Education. Mrs. Stem is a member of the Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church here in Clarksville, where she and her husband serve as staff musicians.