Sheila Bristow is Assistant Music Director & Associate Organist at Blessed Sacrament Church, Seattle. From 2005-2022 she served as Organist & Choirmaster at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore. Prior to that she 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 on the New Music Committee for the American Guild of Organists' upcoming national convention, and is Dean of the Tacoma chapter.
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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