As an Affiliate Artist at Pacific Lutheran University, Sheila Bristow works with young singers in recital and on the opera stage, and performs in collaborative faculty concerts. She has years of experience in private voice studios, works with professional singers preparing for auditions and competitions, and has been a regular accompanist for the Seattle Opera Guild previews, Tacoma Opera, and Vashon Opera. During her organ studies at the University of Washington, Sheila was a Graduate Student Accompanist, performing for opera scenes, conducting classes, and voice recitals.
Sheila also has extensive experience as a choral accompanist, having worked with groups such as Seattle Pro Musica and PLU’s Choral Union . She has provided continuo for major choral works, opera productions, and the ensembles Concerto Baroque and Seattle Trumpet Consort. Sheila’s harpsichord training includes workshops (Pacific Music Work’s Accademia D’Amore, Cornish College’s Summer Baroque) and private lessons (Jillon Stoppels Dupree, Carole Terry).
From a Tacoma News Tribune review of Tacoma Opera's 2008 production of The Barber of Seville: "Congratulations to harpsichordist Sheila Bristow, who supported this opera's lengthy recitative with nimbleness, creativity, and verve".