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A descendent of the Clan Mackintosh, Victoria began at age 4 on the piano, and by age 7 was composing original music. She entrances her audiences as she so effortlessly weaves her Harp, Piano and Vocal abilities. Through the years she has performed with artists such as Melissa Manchester, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, James Ingram and the rock band 'Kansas'. She has appeared at many special events including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Awards honoring Dinah Shore, Ted Turner, Bill Cosby, and Andy Griffith.Most recently Victoria toured with the internationally acclaimed Irish Band "The Chieftains". For several years she performed as a Solo Artist for the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Caruso’’s Palace and Gaylord Palms Resort & Spa on both piano and harp. She has continually been a favorite for the special events at Walt Disney World, and has also performed for concerts and special events as orchestral harpist and pianist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, Florida Pops Orchestra and many more. Victoria is also in high demand as a clinician/performing artist and in 2003 was featured at HarpCon in Bloomington, Indiana, The Somerset Folk Harp Festival in New Jersey, and the FHF Harp Conference in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. She was commissioned by Mid-East Mfg. to write a harp method book, "You CAN Play the Harp," which is being distributed internationally. Victoria was recently selected to be included in the Millennium Edition of the Marquis "Who’s Who of American Women." featuring women chosen because of their professional accomplishments. Victoria performs a wide range of vocal repertoire from opera and oratorio to musical theater, from standards and easy listening popular favorites to Celtic shows. Her classical work includes an appearance with the Florida Symphony Orchestra as a soprano soloist with "Messiah" at the Bob Carr Auditorium. She has been privileged to sing for dignitaries including Mother Theresa. In 2000 her harp solo album "The Soothing Harp," featuring four of her original compositions, was released internationally by Madacy Records. Two of her songs "Mystic Waters", an original piece, and "Greensleeves" were chosen for the compilation CD "Perfect Calm" part of the "Healing Garden" series being sold through Barnes and Nobel, Target, Coty Makeup, Tower Records and several other outlets. Other recorded works by Victoria include "Harp Dreams" where familiar classics such as Dvorak’s "Largo" and "Scarborough Fair" come alive with her original arrangements. Two tracks off this album, "Largo" and "Eleanor Plunkett" stayed on the charts as #1 & #2 in the New Age category for several weeks on MP3.com and # 2 on Celticways.com. "Harp Favorites" is a collection of her most requested songs ranging from Broadway to popular favorites including "Memory, "Romeo and Juliet" "Dust in the Wind", "Wind Beneath My Wings," the perfect CD to set that romantic mood. You can hear Victoria’s music on radio stations as far away as Siberia and Germany. To perfect her craft in Celtic Harp, Victoria traveled to Europe to train with the experts. In Dublin, Ireland she studied with Aibhlin McCrann and in Edinburough, Scotland she studied with Isobel Mieras. Victoria's ability to share her knowledge with others has resulted in the development of many students. Through teaching voice and piano at Rollins College, Valencia Community College, The University of Central Florida, and private lessons Victoria has touched the lives and hearts of many gifted musicians. Her students have appeared on Star Search, Soap Operas, Broadway touring companies throughout Europe and the United States as well as placing first in National and State Competitions. To truly appreciate the full magnitude of her talent one only needs to close your eyes, listen and be mesmerized. Education: Bachelor of Music Degree – Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri Kansas City, Piano and Voice Master of Music Degree – Drake University *Piano & Voice Post Graduate Studies: Drake Post Graduate Sessions – Dr. Milan Kaderavek* Composition & Theory Juilliard's Dr. Rudolph Schramm * Composition California State University's Dr. Pooler * Composition Victoria's harp coaches have included: Rosalind Beck – Florida Symphony Orchestra Deborah Hanson- Conant – Jazz Harpist Carol Mclaughlin – Classical & Jazz Harpist Grainne Yeats – Irish Music Aibhlin McCrain – Irish Music Isobel Mieras – Scottish Music Victoria keeps in tune with the industry through her membership in the following organizations: American Harp Society, Scottish Harp Society of America, International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, Florida Harpers and Friends, Music Teachers National Assoc., Florida Federation of Music Clubs.
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