Victoria Shields is currently the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, CT where she leads a multi-faceted music program which include the First Presbyterian Church Choir, bell choir, youth soloists, and the Schola Cantorum, focusing on polyphonic and new music.
Prior to relocating to Connecticut in 2016, Victoria was Director of Music at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish in Washington, DC., where she was Organist and Choir Director of the semi-professional, St. Paul’s Choir. In addition, Victoria was Organist and Accompanist at Episcopal High School, director of Cantus Medius as part of the graded choir program of Choralis, and substitute organist at Virginia Theological Seminary. Other previous notable positions include Organist at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges, Director of Music at George Washington’s historic home parish church, Pohick Episcopal Church near Mount Vernon, and Washington Street United Methodist Church in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.
As a frequent recitalist, Victoria has been featured in performances in the DC area at the Franciscan Monastery, St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, and St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland Park, Baltimore. She has been a repeat performer for the Artscape Festival in Baltimore, and soloist for the Washington Bach Consort. Beyond the DC area, notable recitals include St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Washington, Princeton University Chapel, West Point Chapel, Trinity Wall Street, and a featured soloist with the Bach Society of Houston. Victoria has collaborated in performances with members of the Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco and National Symphonies, LA Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, as well as the West Point Band, and the premiere Air Force, Navy and Marine Bands.
Victoria is also active as an educator. In the fall of 2019, she created the Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan education program, offering private instruction in piano, organ, voice, and guitar to the community. As part of the American Guild of Organists, she has been on faculty or participated in leadership for Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) for 13-18 year olds, POE+ for adults with the Baltimore, Delaware, and Harrisburg chapters, and in 2021, Rockford, IL. While living in the Washington, D.C. area, she served on the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) summer courses at the National Cathedral. She also has been the coordinator and teacher for the Potomac Organ Institute (www.potomacorganinst.org), an outreach program for pianists interested in learning to play the pipe organ in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area. Victoria has also been featured on NPR’s Morning Drive with Brenda Tremblay, on WXXI, Rochester, NY discussing the state of the organ and organists in the US.
Victoria is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with concentrations in Music Education and Organ Performance. Her primary teachers include organ with Michael Farris and Robert Oehme, piano with Vincent Lenti, and harpsichord with James Bobb. In addition, she has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Wilma Jenson, Martin Neary, LVO, Joan Lippincott, Eugene Roan, Edward Moore, John Mitchener, and Harald Vogel. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Royal School of Church Music.