Sheila Firestone, BS Ed, Florida Atlantic University, MS Ed, Florida International University.
A retired teacher of gifted student programs in Dade County, Florida, and a student of musical composition since 1987, Sheila writes in post-modern and neo-tonal styles.
She has published curriculum designed to engage children in intellectual activities through song and movement, as well as several CD recordings of her compositions. Sheila is the current Vice President for the Florida State Association of the National League of American Pen Women. Her choral piece, “Abraham Lincoln,” appears in the NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women) volume Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln, a commemorative collage. In 2010 she co-authored an article published in the Journal of the international alliance for women in music, (vol.16, no.2) concerning The Delian Society, a composer’s group dedicated to the creation of new tonal music. In November of 2009, Variations Concertantes — a bassoon concerto collaboratively composed by members of the Delian Society, including Sheila — was premiered by The Octava Chamber Orchestra
in Seattle, Washington. This work and La Hora, another collaborative suite, are scheduled for performance in Europe in the near future. Sheila’s sacred music is heard at Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County in Delray Beach, Florida.
You can find examples of her work at her web site, songsforanewday, or on youtube.
Prizes this year include first place prize for The Tallit of Sisterhood, in the Oct.2011 Music awards in the (Florida State Association, National Leagues of American PenWomen) Song Division; a 2nd Place prize for Farewell, in the group instrumental division (this may be heard on You Tube under my name); and 2nd place prize for Chromatic Prelude No. 3 in the individual instrumental division.