“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
– Ella Fitzgerald
Ms. Sheila completed her Masters of Music Vocal Performance at California State University Fullerton in May, 2018. She has performed professionally in numerous fully staged operas and concerts in Southern California, including with Los Angeles Baroque, Opera Santa Barbara, Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles, Center Stage Opera, Guild Opera Company, Ridgecrest Opera Guild, and others. Additionally, she has performed at the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut, and Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop in New York. She graduated from University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, holds a Phi Beta Kappa award, and speaks two languages other than English: German and Farsi. She studied piano privately throughout her upbringing and uses her skills regularly to teach voice and piano students alike.
Ms. Sheila has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2012. For singing, Sheila believes in teaching a healthy vocal technique which can be applied to any style of music, be it pop, musical theater, rock, or opera. Lessons focus on technique and proper warm ups, as well as building up the student's repertoire. The technique should allow you to be free to express yourself to the fullest while you sing so that you enjoy your performance experience.
For piano, Ms. Sheila believes in a strong foundation in music theory to help in the student's understanding of what they are playing. This work, combined with regular practice, adds greatly to the enjoyment and mastery of the instrument.
Overall, Ms. Sheila wants to make singing and piano fun while challenging the students to do their very best and always progress.