Variety, Music, Education, & Inspiration.
Virginia Steel is a variety show that focuses on musicianship in every imaginable form. The members firmly believe that music should bring people together, and they strive to bring their passion to everyone they come across.
Individually, each musician has spent their lives immersed in music - in many forms, including: rock and roll, music education, world music, free form improvisation, song-writing, recording, producing, and more. To the members of Virginia Steel, music is more than an occupation or hobby - music is a lifestyle that chose them in the beginning, and has never let go.
Together, Virginia Steel combines years of experience in performance, education, recording, and enthusiasm to provide an inclusive, high energy variety show that involves the audience from the moment they enter the room.
As multi-instrumentalists, all members can be found switching between a multitude of instruments throughout the performance, including guitars, bass, saxophone, flutes, percussion, kazoo, washboard, and more as they sing classic hit songs - for an experience unlike any other!
Grammy Nominated Recording Artist
Award Winning Producer
Peter Phippen is a Grammy Award Nominee, International Acoustic Music Awards Nominee and Native American Music Awards Nominee.
Phippen is a performer and recording artist specializing in traditional flutes from around the world. Over the last three decades Phippen has researched the history and performance technique of flutes both ancient and modern.
Since 1993, Phippen has performed an enchanting mix of the very old and very new in music. Peter has shared the stage with R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman, and Xavier Quijas Yxayotl to name a few.
As a recording artist for Canyon Records, Phippen has recorded four albums of original music. Peter has also recorded instrumental albums with Lifescapes, Promotion Music Records, and Sounds True, where he was featured as flutist and composer on renowned Shamanic practitioner, percussionist and ceremonial leader Byron Metcalf’s “Inner Rhythm Meditations”, charting in the Top 20 of the Zone Music Reporter’s Top 100 from February to June of 2017 and nominated for a ZMR Music Award in the Best Relaxation/Meditation Album category for 2017.
Phippen’s recordings have been aired on radio and television world wide. In his approach to world flute performance, he is an experiential, natural folk musician with a penchant for creative and artistic musical improvisation. Peter offers a captivating collage of sound images, covering the folklore and history of flutes from around the world and throughout time.
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Victoria Shoemaker received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Illinois), where she studied classical flute and piccolo performance with Kaye Clements and Mary-Christine Stingley. Her other flute instructors include Laurie Lau and Dr. Tim Lane, Professor of Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Victoria also studied bamboo flute performance/flute making with Billy Miller of Windwood Flutes. Presently, she is studying antique and contemporary world flutes and improvisation with Grammy-nominated flutist, Peter Phippen.
Since graduating from VanderCook, Shoemaker has maintained an active performance schedule that has allowed her opportunities to travel, such as a trip to Winnipeg, MB, Canada for the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards with Native American Music Award Winning Artist Kelly Jackson.
Since the release of her debut album, "The Witching Hour" in 2016, Shoemaker has continued to maintain an active performing schedule, with performances at the 2016 and 2018 World Flute Society Convention, a lecture/performance with Peter Phippen at the VanderCook College of Music, and a trip to Milwaukee for the 2018 Indian Summer Festival where she performed with Native American Music Award Winning Artist Kelly Jackson and Wade Fernandez.
Shoemaker also maintains an active education schedule, teaching a variety of instruments to students of all ages at the Eau Claire Music School and general music grade 4K-8 at Thorp Catholic School in Thorp, WI.
Victoria Shoemaker received a nomination for 2018 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Peoples Choice Award for Best Music Teacher in Northwest Wisconsin.