Sheela Ramesh is a newly NYC-based music director and composer with a background as a classically trained singer and a passion for new music across genres. Working in the Bay Area until mid-2021, her Bay Area credits include work with Stanford University, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Youth Musical Theater Company, Musical Cafe, Theatre Rhinoceros, Inferno Theatre, and more. In the spring of 2021, she composed music for lyricists in a lyric-writing course taught by William Finn, and her song Zarana was featured in a livestream hosted by New York Theatre Barn showcasing “William Finn’s Emerging Writers.” Her original song My Girl, Chardonnay was premiered by mezzo-soprano Leandra Ramm in 2019, and her song Three Steps Forward was commissioned and premiered by opera company White Snake Projects in 2019 and performed by Resonance Works in 2020, and is part of an upcoming classical album featuring countertenor Nicholas Tamagna. Her song cycle We Are Not Afraid of the Dark (co-written with Alison Luterman) was a 2020 finalist for Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor residency and was to be performed at the East Broadway Theatre Project, in partnership with Brooklyn Theater Workshop, before those programs were paused in 2020.
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.
- NYC/Tri-State Area
- Northern California
Interested in touring?
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Music Assistant
- 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
- Synth - keyboards