Victoria Demaree Shively graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a B.Mus. in piano performance as a student of John Owings. During her studies at I.U.S.B, she received every honor possible awarded to music majors, including the Performer’s Certificate in Piano. She spent a year in Vienna, Austria studying with Paul Badura-Skoda and Akira Imai, and then earned the M.Mus. in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying with John Wustman.
She was the junior division winner of the 1984 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Victoria Demaree Shively has played for master classes and in the studios of William Warfield, Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes, and Martin Katz, and has accompanied the choirs of Robert Shaw, Don V Moses, and Donald Nally. Her collaborative work includes performances with Nathan Gunn, Fritz Kaenzig, Carl Kaiser, and Zheng Zhou, and recordings with Edward Bach (Infinity) and Nathan Daughtrey (Spiral Passages). In 1992, she was invited to become the first American coach/accompanist at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, by then principal conductor, Valery Gergiev.
Over a period of nine years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she appeared in around two hundred faculty, graduate, and undergraduate instrumental and vocal recitals, as well as teaching upper-level undergraduate classes for voice and piano majors, including a course on Nineteenth-Century Lieder. She has also worked at Kansas State University, teaching music theory and applied piano.
In 2004, she joined the faculty at Oakland University, where she is now a full-time special lecturer (instructor), teaching Music Theory, Aural Skills, and History and Literature of Western Tonal Music. She was active in the development of the new undergraduate history curriculum, and has developed a portfolio of materials specially designed for the MUS131 music history class, which is designed to be the first college-level music history course taken by freshmen at Oakland University.