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Sheela Ramesh

Sheela Ramesh

Biography

Sheela Ramesh is a Bay Area-based music director and composer with a background as a classically trained singer and a passion for new music across genres. Bay Area credits include work with Stanford University, Peepstone Productions, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Youth Musical Theater Company, Musical Cafe, Spare Stage, Theatre Rhinoceros, Inferno Theatre, and more. Her original song My Girl, Chardonnay (co-written with poet/playwright Alison Luterman) was premiered by mezzo-soprano Leandra Ramm in 2019, and her song Three Steps Forward (text by Chu Yan Lin), commissioned and premiered by White Snake Projects in 2019 as part of the prelude to the world premiere of opera I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. We Are Not Afraid of the Dark, a collection of musical theater songs and spoken word exploring intersectional feminist themes, was scheduled for a reading at the East Broadway Theatre Project in June 2020, in partnership with Brooklyn Theater Workshop. That and many other theater projects will be rescheduled as soon as it's safe.

Sheela received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and the Royal College of Music, where she studied on a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. She has performed as a mezzo-soprano in musical theater and opera productions in the US and UK. Sheela also holds degrees in psychology/cognitive science (BS, Carnegie Mellon; MSc, University College London) and law (JD, Yale Law School), and has spent her nonmusical professional life working to ensure that youth who’ve experienced trauma have opportunities to thrive.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • Northern California

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist

My Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice

Software

  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • Logic
  • MainStage

Affiliations

  • MUSE

Person of Color?

  • Yes

Pronouns

  • She/Her