Victoria Vasta, age 17, started studying piano with R.K. Shen in the Suzuki program at the Redlands Community School of Music (2003). Victoria began to compete in competitions, winning many: four time Overall Winner – University of Redlands’ Merit Award Auditions, 1st place-Inland Empire Piano Festival, and 1st place-Redlands Rotary Club Music Competition (to name a few). Victoria has participated in MTAC CM theory testing, passing the level 10 in 2015. In 2011, Victoria was accepted to Orange County School of Arts, Instrumental Music Conservatory for their Pianists’ Program where she studied under Dr. S. Baltaian, Dr. J. Huang, and Dr. Lazarus. She took courses in symphonic literature, theory, sight-reading, dictation, and partook in periodic masterclasses, solo recitals, and juries. Later, she joined Music Student Service League where she performed at children’s hospitals, retirement homes, and ran local music events. Eventually, Victoria became the president of MSSL, participating in and organizing all of the events.
Concurrently, she was starting to compose. Her compositions Inverno, Who Knows Yet, and Stirred were performed in MTAC conventions & at other various concerts. Victoria was twice invited to perform for MTAC’s Improvisation Honor Recital. Recently, Victoria was invited to participate in a composition program sponsored by YMF under Brett Banducci & Thomas Kotcheff (2015 and 2016). Her composition, “Maybe Tomorrow,” received an Honorable Mention for University of Tennessee’s Contemporary Music Festival’s Composition Competition. “Maybe Tomorrow” was also selected to be performed at the YMF 60th Anniversary Concert.