Sheila coaches both individuals and ensembles at beginner, intermediate, and advanced playing levels. Sheila is open to online coaching sessions and lessons.
I have worked as a freelance musician based in New York City for the past 40 years. My performing experience began at the age of nine as soloist with orchestra at the 92nd St Y in NYC, and after joining Jascha Heifetz’s Master Class in Los Angeles at the age of fifteen, where I studied with him for five years, my first public performances of chamber music were with Heifetz and Piatigorsky. My playing experience has continued to include performances as soloist with orchestras and as chamber musician in a wide variety of repertoire, as well as work in other genres such as Broadway, film scores, and with popular artists in concerts and recordings. I started teaching at the age of 20 and it has been a major component of my career as well as a great source of joy. My teaching has ranged from working with pre-teens and teens in community music schools and in pre-professional programs such as Juilliard Pre-College, to teaching and coaching at the conservatory level. I have always taught and coached adult amateurs in my home studio as well as more formal programs, and I have always enjoyed making music with friends of all technical abilities in the broad community of lovers of music.
After living for many years in New York City, I have now moved my “base of operations” to Denver. While I will still be performing and teaching in the East, including coaching/performing every summer at CMC-East in Vermont (“Bennington”) and managing and playing in a chamber music concert series with community outreach in New York City during the year (Intimate Voices, www.intimatevoices.org), I look forward to making new friends to play with and work with along the Front Range.