Virginia was the first New Zealand Sweet Adeline chorus director to achieve over 700 and 600 points in a competition earning her the distinction of being the first to have the title of ‘Master Director 700' and 'Master Director 600’.

Christchurch City Chorus - Sweet Adelines

She is rated highly both in New Zealand and overseas as a choral coach and director. She frequently coaches both local and national women’s and men’s barbershop quartets to assist them to develop their skills.

In 2009, Virginia was presented with a Civic Award and Civic Medal for outstanding contribution and service to music in Christchurch

In 2014 Virginia was shortlisted for a Women of Influence Award within the Arts category. Westpac Bank have partnered with Fairfax Media to bring these awards which celebrate the contribution made by women at a local, regional and national level. The Arts category celebrates artistic excellence and recognises women who are contributing to the advancement of the arts.

Virginia's ability to teach to various learning styles and speeds, and her proven track record, makes her a wonderful coach in high demand, both within New Zealand and internationally.