Tuesday, September 6, 2016

10 Interesting Facts about SSQ's New Violist Sheila Browne!

SSQ is thrilled to have critically acclaimed violist, Sheila Browne, join the Quartet! Here are some interesting facts about SSQ's newest member:
  1. Sheila has the great honor of being named the William Primrose Memorial Recitalist of 2016. 
  2. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. And yes, the red hair is natural!
  3. Sheila recently traveled to Eagle's Nest, Alaska to perform with the Highland Mountain Correctional Facility Women's Orchestra. The orchestra's viola section presented Sheila with a handmade viola dreamcatcher.
  4. She has been featured in two books - UPBEAT, the story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, and The Musician's Way, - as well as in the PBS documentary, Beethoven Alive!.
  5. On her "farmette" in North Carolina, Sheila had a pet Vietnamese potbelly mini-pig namedCosmo. She also had Nigerian dwarf goats, Paisley and Parsnip, free-ranging heritage chickens, and rescue husky mixes Rosy and Tilda.
  6. In the 8th grade, Sheila traveled to China as the youngest member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. She has performed on five continents.
  7. Sheila played a concerto in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with the New York Women's Ensemble.
  8. She has studied with two of the world's greatest violists and pedagogues - Karen Tuttle (at the Juilliard School), and Kim Kashkashian (in Freiburg, Germany).
  9. Sheila helped hitch up a dog sledding team in minus 20° F temperatures outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.
  10. She has performed on the David-Letterman show with Aretha Franklin (Puccini arias!), Good Morning America at Lincoln Center with Barry Manilow, and recorded with the Fire Pink Trio, Carol Wincenc, Audra MacDonald, Paula Cole, Lisa Loeb, among others.
The Serafin's first public concert with Sheila Browne will be Saturday, October 1st at 7:30pm - opening The Arts at Trinity's season. 

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