Sheila Bristow received her BFA in music composition from Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied with Bern Herbolsheimer as a Kreielsheimer Scholar. Student works were featured in performances sponsored by by the Boston Conservatory Young Composer’s Competition, the Seattle Flute Society, and the Canadian Consulate of Seattle.

In recent years she has written for friends and colleagues, primarily choral and vocal works. Highlights include a commission for the 10th anniversary of Pacific Choirs, and an anthem composed for the Bishop’s visitation at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, subsequently published by GIA (see works list below). Other choral works have been performed by Choral Union (Pacific Lutheran University), Medieval Women's Choir, and Seattle Pro Musica. Continuing education includes private lessons and workshops (Lehigh University Composers Forum; Art Song Lab, Vancouver International Song Institute).

A selection of recent works

The Finding (mezzo soprano, piano)      

Performed at the Vancouver International Song Institute


Trembling With Joy (choral, SSATBB)    

Performed by The Princeton Singers at Lehigh University

Presented in Washington, DC (ACDA National Symposium on American Choral Music, 2012)


The Persistence of Song (mezzo soprano, tenor, piano)

Performed on a faculty recital, Pacific Lutheran University


Fair as a dove (choral, SSA or ATB)

Performed at St. James Cathedral by Seattle Pro Musica, and by The Medieval Women’s Choir

Male voice arrangement used in liturgy, Church of the Redeemer


Even during the night (choral, TTBarBarBB)

Liturgical use, Church of the Redeemer

Performed at Pacific Lutheran University by Choral Union


O Queen of Heaven (choral, SATB)

Liturgical use, Church of the Redeemer

Presented in Seattle (AGO convention, 2009)

Published by GIA Publications, Inc.  

Three Responses (choral, SATB)

Liturgical use, University Unitarian Church

Presented in Seattle (ACDA conference, 2014)