Sheila Bristow has been the Organist/Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, since 2005. Her duties include directing the choir, providing keyboard music, planning music for all liturgies, and coordinating concerts and other special music. She is also the Associate Organist at Blessed Sacrament Parish. From 1995-2005 Sheila served in various capacities, including Interim Music Director, at Seattle’s University Unitarian Church.
Ms. Bristow received her MM in organ performance from the University of Washington, where she studied organ and harpsichord with Carole Terry, and church music with J. Melvin Butler. Her conducting experience includes a year as Interim Music Director of the Northwest Chamber Chorus and three years directing the high school ensemble of Pacifica Choirs. She has sung with Ave Renaissance Women's Choir, Choral Arts NW and the Women of St. James Schola. Her vocal training has included private lessons and workshops (Tallis Scholars Summer School). Sheila currently serves as the sub dean of the Tacoma chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Sheila was one of the artists on the Byrd Ensemble's 2013 recording of music by Arvo Pärt , which was reviewed by Gramophone Magazine: "The Berlin Mass also receives a wonderfully crystalline performance, with organ registrations very sensitively chosen by Sheila Bristow".
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