from Detroit, Michigan, who began her studies at nine
years of age and received tutelage from Emily Mutter Austin of the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra. In the
summertime, she studied at the Meadowmount School
of Music with Ivan Galamian and Joseph Gingold.
She attended Henry
School and soloed with the DSO at sixteen
years of age. In 1969, she
graduated and went on to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, continuing
her studies with Ivan Galamian and Jaime
Curtis, she honed her chamber music skills. On 10th May 1970, she
performed Johannes Brahms’ “Quintet in F minor” at Curtis
Hall with fellow violinist Daniel Heifetz, pianist William Horn, cellist Patricia
Weimer, and violist Hershel Wise.
joined forces with cellist Roger Low, violist Victoria Matosich,
pianist Kiyoko Takeuti and double bassist Gabriel
Vole at Curtis Hall on 30th March 1971 for a recital of Franz
Schubert’s “Quintet in A major, Op. 114”
April 1971, she was in the orchestra pit for performances of School for Fathers at the New Locust
Theatre in Philadelphia,
participated in a Composition Seminar and Workshop for Contemporary Music
on 7th May 1971. The
program included “Andante for String Quartet” by Jeffrey
Chappell, which she performed with violist James Carter, violinist Elsa
Nilsson, and cellist Peter Wiley.
Elsa, James and Sheila were joined by cellist Owen Carmen for
Richard Ratliff’s “Two Movements for String
1973, she graduated and went on to pursue her master’s degree at Yale University where she studied under
the watchful eye of Joseph Silverstein. She obtained her degree two years
later and joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the faculty at Tanglewood
Music Center. Other groups with whom she has
worked include the Mystic Valley Orchestra and the North Shore Symphony.
March 1984, she was one of the guest soloists with the Newton Symphony
Orchestra at Brown
Junior High School
for a concert that included Zoltan Kodaly’s
“Hary Janos Suite”, Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart’s “Symphony No. 28 in C major”, Henri Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto No. 2 in D
minor, Op. 22”, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on
a Theme by Thomas Tallis”. The performance was immortalized on
four audiocassettes and is available through the Newton Free Library.
was also a member of The Copley Trio which was rounded out by violist
Robert Barnes and cellist Ronald Feldman and they performed music of Dohnanyi and Schubert at Tanglewood
on 8th August 1986.
1990s, she appeared on a handful of CDs, American Visions and Holiday
Pops by the Boston Pops Orchestra and Keith Lockhart, Hindemith on Trombone by Ronald
Barron, and the soundtrack of Schindler’s
appeared at Bowdoin
College on 21st
April 1998 with The Portland Chamber Music Festival Players. Their program comprised a trio by
Ludwig van Beethoven, “Suite in G minor, Op. 71” by Moritz Moszkowski, “Trio in E minor, Op. 57” by
Dmitri Shostakovich, and “Canonic Sonata in D major” by Georg
February 2001, she and violinist Lynn Chang were the guest soloists with
the Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers at Straus
Academy in Milton, Massachusetts.
teamed up with Jonathan Bass for a piano and violin recital of music by
Gabriel Faure, Jean-Marie Leclair, Jules Massenet
and Henri Vieuxtemps at the Newton Free Library
on 20th May 2001.
is also a runner, and in October 2001, participated in the Halloween Hustle
5K and Tufts Health Plan 10K runs, putting up times of 31:11 and 1:03:35,
respectively. She ran in the
Tufts Health Plan 10K in 2002 and 2004, as well, when she finished with a mark
the artist-in-residence of the Metrowest Youth
Symphony Orchestra, and they performed the “Violin Concerto in G
minor” of Max Bruch and the “Lieutenant Kije
Suite” of Sergei Prokofiev at Massachusetts Bay Community
College on 16th May 2004.
interest in music education hardly ends there: In April 2005, she was one of the
coaches of the Mt. Greylock High School and Middle School orchestras when
they took a field trip to Boston’s
Symphony Hall. She has also
tutored at the Galamian Institute.
In the new
millennium, her recording credits have included the Boston Pops’ America
and Chris Botti
April 2006, she helped honour actress Meryl Streep at the Coolidge Corner Theatre when the
Oscar-winning actress added a Coolidge Award to her trophy case. Sheila, Patti Larkin, and music
students from Brookline
provided the soundtrack of the evening.
one of several guest musicians to perform at Andover Newton
on 7th November 2010.
The eclectic program pitted Telemann’s “Concerto in A
minor” against selections from George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
December 2010, she was a member of another makeshift orchestra conducted by
Simon Rattle at the New England Conservatory. The “Concert for the
Cure” included “Symphony No. 2 in D, Op 73” by Johannes
Brahms, the adagietto from “Symphony No.
5” by Gustav Mahler, and “Piano Concerto in G, K. 453” by
Mozart, with Marc-Andre Hamelin at the keys.