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Sheela Ramesh

Sheela Ramesh

Biography

Sheela Ramesh is a newly NYC-based music director/composer/arranger with a passion for stories and sounds that have traditionally been marginalized, and a mission to use art as a force for social justice. In the fall of 2021, Sheela joined the music teams of The Karate Kid (music director: Andrew Resnick), Annie Live! on N.B.C. (music director: Stephen Oremus), Bliss (music director: Julie McBride), and We Won’t Sleep (music director: Cynthia Meng), and contributed orchestrations to Jessica Vosk’s My Golden Age concert at Carnegie Hall (music director: Mary-Mitchell Campbell). Based in the Bay Area until mid-2021, she has worked with Maestra Music, Stanford University, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Youth Musical Theater Company, Musical Cafe, Theatre Rhinoceros, Inferno Theatre, and more. Sheela’s own music has been featured by New York Theatre Barn in a showcase of “William Finn’s Emerging Writers.” Her original song My Girl, Chardonnay was released as a recording by mezzo-soprano Leandra Ramm, and her song Three Steps Forward was commissioned and premiered by “activist opera company” White Snake Projects and performed by Resonance Works. Her song cycle We Are Not Afraid of the Dark (co-written with Alison Luterman) was a 2020 finalist for the Berkeley Rep Ground Floor residency before cancelation due to Covid-19, and will be performed at the East Broadway Theatre Project in early 2022. Also on the horizon are playing piano for Six on Broadway and music directing the world premiere of Group! (by Aleksandra Weil and Julia Rosenblatt) at Passage Theatre Company.

Sheela received undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and the Royal College of Music, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. She has performed as a mezzo-soprano 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
  • TV/Film

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Northern California

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not 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
  • Voice teacher with roster of private students

My Primary Instrument

  • piano and voice

My Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice

Software

  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • Logic
  • MainStage

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • MUSE

Person of Color?

  • Yes

Pronouns

  • She/Her