Company: Mantovani Orchestra, Walt Disney World
Location: Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Victoria Lynn Schultz, Harpist at the Mantovani Orchestra and Walt Disney World, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.
Playing the piano since she was 4 years old, Ms. Schultz went on to achieve a Bachelor of Music in piano and voice performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri in 1975 and a Master of Music in piano and voice performance from Drake University in 1977. While studying for her master’s degree, she was an opera and musical theater coach and accompanist for Drake University, having subsequently served the University of Central Florida as an opera coach, accompanist and adjunct professor of piano for the following three years. Throughout her career, Ms. Schultz served such prestigious facilities as Rollins College, Caruso’s Palace, Sergio’s Restaurant and Valencia College. Since 2014, she has been a harpist and pianist for the Mantovani Orchestra, as well as a harpist for the Walt Disney World Candlelight Orchestra since 2015. Alongside these endeavors, she has also acted as a private teacher and freelance entertainer since 1980.
A prominent musician, Ms. Schultz served as a harpist for numerous famous musical artists, including the Celtic Women, Josh Groban, Connie Francis, Clay Aiken, Melissa Manchester and the Electric Light Orchestra, among many others including Johnny Mathis, whom she admires greatly. In addition, she has been featured on “Good Morning America” and “The Harp Connection,” as well as the television special “Reach Out” in Canada. In 2019, she was a soloist for Harptacular Orlando, sponsored by Lyon and Healy Harps. She has entertained myriad celebrities, including Roger Williams, Tony Bennett, Senator John Glenn, and golf professionals Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. Civically involved as well, Ms. Schultz was a founding member of the Orlando Music Club and founding president of the South Metro Music Club of Central Florida.
Ms. Schultz’s esteemed compositions have included “Set of Songs” in 1979, “A Taste of Italy from Caruso’s Palace” in 1994, “Orange Blossom Tale” in 1996, and “Soothing Harp” in 1999, which was number 15 in the Billboard charts for Top New Age Albums. Most recently, she has composed “The Headache Angel Series of 20 Meditation Recordings” between 2014 and 2018. As a testament to her success, Ms. Schultz won the People’s Choice Award and Florida Harpers and Friends First Place Award for Composition in 2002. She also received the Orlando Entertainers Award in 1994, the National First Place Award from the Encore Productions Talent Competition in 1985 and 1986, and the NFMC Parade of American Music Award for Composition in 1979. In 2007, she was named a Single Greatest Night Honoree in recognition of her contributions to the music industry. Notably, she has been selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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