Sheila Christie, BMUS, MMus
Sheila is a classically trained dramatic soprano and passionate educator who has led her students to great personal and professional success in music and performance. She is a member of the National Association Teachers of Singing with more than fifteen years of experience teaching classical voice, opera and musical theatre.
Sheila is on faculty at the Richmond Academy of Dance and maintains a thriving private home studio in Surrey, BC. In 2017, Sheila began consulting with the Delta School District to offer vocal training to the students of the Delta Opera & Performance Academy with Vancouver Opera and the Delta Film Academy.
Sheila has coached vocal students all the way to the BC Provincial Music Festival where, for the past three years, her students have achieved first place standings in both the Classical Voice (2015-17) and Musical Theatre Voice (2017) categories. Sheila’s students have gone on to study at the University of British Columbia, the University of Lethbridge, the Vancouver Academy of Music, Boston University’s Tanglewood Summer Institute, Sheridan College, Randolph Academy and Capilano University. Sheila is a sought-after adjudicator and clinician for university-level master classes and regional festivals. Sheila was invited to adjudicate the 2018 Kiwanis Festival in Lethbridge, Alberta, her alma mater.
In addition to teaching, Sheila maintains a busy performing career. In her most recent appearance as a soprano soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, she was met with critical acclaim from Classical Voice North America’s David Gordon Duke: “The late Russian diva Galina Vishnevskaya’s inimitable sound informs the soprano writing, and the young Christie worked the part’s fierceness, defiance and almost hysterical intensity.”
Before joining Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, Sheila was a featured artist in the Georgia Straight’s Fall Arts Preview. As a member of the Young Artist Program, Sheila performed the title role in Gustav Holst’s Savitri and covered four main-stage roles including Tosca in Tosca, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Elisabetta in Don Carlo.
Further highlights include the High Priestess in Aida and Giovanna in Rigoletto (Vancouver Opera), the soloist in An Evening in Roma (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow (Burnaby Lyric Opera) and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra). Sheila is a long-standing member of the Vancouver Opera Chorus and often performs in Vancouver Opera’s community events.