Victoria Shields is Director of Music at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport, CT. At Christ & Holy Trinity, Victoria directs an active choral program for children and adults, and is the artistic director of the Music & Arts concert series. Previously, she was Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT where she led a multi-faceted music ministry. Recently during Covid-19, she created a weekly online concert series, “FPC Facebook Thursday Concerts”, highlighting musicians from the First Presbyterian Church community and a range of musicians from across the country bringing comfort to thousands of viewers.
As a recitalist, Victoria has been a featured soloist at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, West Point Chapel, St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Washington, Princeton University Chapel, and a featured soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, the Artscape Festival in Baltimore, MD, and the Bach Society of Houston. She has performed with members of the Seattle, 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. She has served on faculty for Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) for 13-18 year olds and POE+ for adults through the American Guild of Organists, served on the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) summer courses at the National Cathedral and was the coordinator and teacher for the Potomac Organ Institute.
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, the Royal School of Church Music, and the professional women’s music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.
-The American Organist Magazine