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Playing Since: 1971
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: Violin sales/appraisals/ Sioux City Symphony Operations/Personnel Manager and Music Librarian

Gender: Female
My Instruments:
violin/fiddle, viola, bass

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Hannah Kalisch and the Kalisch Family Band
The Bistodeau Family Band
Mr. Jim Price
Amy Ferman
Byron Berline

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Created 3/22/2011
Last Visit 9/5/2015

Sheila started playing violin/fiddle in at the age of 8 and holds a degree in viola performance from Northwestern University. She has taught viola and violin at Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. She has been a member of the Heidelberg (Germany) Chamber Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony. Sheila was CEO of Simply Violin, which published violin and fiddle books in addition to teaching aids such as fingerboard charts and circle of 5ths. Sheila entered her first fiddle contest in 1975. She is a past 1st place winner of the National Old time Country & Bluegrass Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa and Spudfest in Minnesota. In addition, she has placed in numerous fiddle contests and talent shows in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Minnesota, including the Iowa State Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. She has been arranging fiddle tunes since 1987 and is the author of Serious Fiddling: Fiddle Tunes for Violin published by SimplyViolin. Sheila is a member of the Violin Society of America, the American Viola Society, and the Minnesota Viola Society, as well as the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association and Minnesota Old Time Fiddlers Association. She has a background in violin repair and owned her own shop G&G Violins in Sioux City, Iowa. Sheila has also worked for Kenneth Stein Violins in Chicago, Sioux Falls Music, and Claire Givens Violins. She was the Sales Manager at House of Note in Minneapolis. Sheila is a Certified Personal Property Appraiser who specializes in musical instruments and is called into court to provide Expert Witness Testimony. Sheila is currently working for Hunter Bows Violin Shop in Sioux City, Iowa and is Operations/Personnel Manger and Music Librarian with the Sioux City Symphony, in addition to playing viola with the orchestra. Interested in fiddle contests in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri.

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