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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. Recent credits include work with 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) was 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. Sheela is currently collaborating again with Alison Luterman to co-write We Are Not Afraid of the Dark, a collection of musical theater songs and spoken word exploring intersectional feminist themes, which will have a reading at the East Broadway Theatre Project in June 2020, in partnership with Brooklyn Theater Workshop.

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.

Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • Northern California

Expertise

  • 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

Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards

Software

  • Finale
  • Logic
  • MainStage

Person of Color?

  • Yes

Preferred Pronouns

  • She/Her