Sheela Ramesh is a 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. Since moving to NYC in mid-2021, Sheela has worked on The Karate Kid (music director: Andrew Resnick), Annie Live! on N.B.C. (music director: Stephen Oremus), Bliss (music director: Julie McBride), We Won’t Sleep (music supervisors: Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Meg Zervoulis), SIX on Broadway (music director: Julia Schade), Diamond Alice (Fiasco Theater), and Moulin Rouge on Broadway (music director: Julie McBride); music directed and co-orchestrated the world premiere of Group! (Passage Theatre); 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 also 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 in concerts at 54 Below, New York Theatre Barn, and more. 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 was performed at the East Broadway Theatre Project in early 2022; its song Running was a Write Out Loud songwriting contest finalist.
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 musical theater and opera productions in the US and UK, and as a singer of Carnatic (South Indian) music. 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
- Dance 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, keyboard, and voice
- Synth - keyboards
- THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)