Originally from Oak Harbor, Washington, Virginia Q. Backman is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance Candidate at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance in 2009, and studied with Mary Posses. In 2006, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education and Flute Performance from Central Washington University where she studied with Hal Ott and performed with the University Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and was one of the founding members of the CWU Contemporary Music Ensemble. While at the UMKC Conservatory she performed with the Conservatory Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony and served as Co-Principal Flutist for the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra from fall 2011 to fall 2013. She also served as Principal Flutist of Musica Nova, the Conservatory’s contemporary music ensemble from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2011 to 2015. In 2012 she performed in a collaboration concert between members of Musica Nova and Grammy award winning group Eighth Blackbird. Backman won Second Place in the Missouri state round of the 2007-08 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition, and the following year won the Missouri round and was awarded Second Place (Alternate Winner) in the West Central Divisional Round. In 2012 and 2013 she took second place in the Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Competition.
Passionate about performance and music education, Backman has taught in public schools as well as at the university level, and is often sought after as a clinician and adjudicator. An active specialist in New Music, Backman has appeared as a guest artist at the National Conference of the Society for Composers, the SCI Region V and VI conferences, the University of Central Missouri New Music Festival and the Missouri Western State University Electronic Music Mini Festival. She also performed in the opening night of the Black Lab New Music Festival in Kansas City.
Backman currently performs with the St. Joseph Symphony, and has also performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Skagit Symphony, the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and has performed in master classes of Jeanne Baxtresser, Walfrid Kujala, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Tim Munro, John Barcellona, William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Sarah Jackson, and Catherine Payne and studied with Kim Breilien. A performer and educator for over 15 years, Backman believes that performance is an integral part of music education. She is highly sought after as a flute instructor, chamber musician and soloist.