Sheila Firestone has been composing and studying music1987. A retired educator, Sheila was inspired to publish curriculum to engage children in activities through song and movement. She has published several CD recordings of her neo-classical compositions and a CD of meditation music called Peaceful Journeys. In 1996, she was named The Teacher of Note by the Young Patronesses of the Opera in Miami, for helping children create their own musical works. A choral piece, “Abraham Lincoln,” appears in the NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women, Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln, a commemorative collage. In 2010, she co-authored an article published in the Journal of the international alliance for women in music. It concerned The Delian Society, a composer’s group dedicated to the creation of new tonal music. In November of 2009, Variations Concertantes—a bassoon concerto collaboratively composed by members of the Delian Society, including Sheila— was premiered by The Octava Chamber Orchestra
in Seattle, Washington. This work is scheduled for performance and publication in France. She is cited in Dr. Anne Gray’s The World of Women in Classical Music. Ancient Blue Threads is a collection of liturgy and personal prayers that she has set to original music. These songs are inspirational. Many are for Shabbat, or holidays such as Sukkot. and Chanukah. .The Tallit of Sisterhood and Shechina are particularly appropriate songs for Temple Sisterhoods. Farloren was inspired by the Precious Legacy Exhibit which supports the Jewish Museum in Prague. It is a collection of Jewish belongings confiscated by the Nazis and stored in warehouses. Ancient Blue Threads is Sheila’s first release of Jewish family oriented music. The CD includes a healing prayer, and a wedding song. You can find the lyrics for the original prayers at songsforanewday.com where you can find other examples of her work, as well as on youtube.