Q&A with Sheila
Which musician would you like to play with?
Which musician has influenced you the most?
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
To discover your ultimate self through music
How did you learn to play your instrument?
I started to study music when I was 10 years old back in Cuba. I was enrolled in an elementary music school in Havana.
What equipment do you play on today?
I’m a Haynes flute artist, so I play a Haynes flute. For piano I own a very nice Yamaha 88 keys Keyboard.
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Patience, resilience, love and passion for what I do
What does your instrument have that others don't?
The flute is very connected too the voice and the process of breathing, so for me is an extension of my own voice. When I think about the piano I can see a full orchestra with different colors and possibilities.
How do you handle children?
I think children have infinite creativeness, so it’s our job to support and empower this. Learning music theory or any instrument can be challenging, using fun and creative tools to make it an enjoyable journey is key.
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
When I received the 1st prize for the Jazz Artist Competition at the NFA
What was the biggest stage you played on?
Fenway Park in Boston
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Any of the music from Ennio Morricone
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
Family, friends, community, nature, healthy habits
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
Flute - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced); Piano - Beginner, Intermediate
What languages can you teach in?
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
I have been performing with orchestras such as the Orchestra of Lyceum Mozartiano from Havana adjunct to Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, the National Orchestra of Cuba, and the Cuban European Youth Academy and Orchestra. Some of the festivals and stages I have performed include the Kurhaus Wiesbaden at the Rheingau Festival in 2015; and the Konzerthaus Berlin at the Young Euro Classic Festival in 2017.\ \ I have performed in major theaters and festivals in Cuba, South Korea, Mexico, Germany; and the USA. I have played for influential personalities such as Pope Francis, Jill Biden, Usher, Bon Jovi, and The Rolling Stones.
Other Music-related work / goals
Touring with my band, conducting my own orchestra, keep doing my social work related to the power of music in humanity
Awards and Acknowledgements\ -Wayne Shorter Award on Creativity and Innovation |Berklee Global Jazz Institute |Boston, MA USA 2023\ - 1st prize at the Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition | Netherlands 2023\ -Winner of Downbeat 46th Annual Student Music Award Small Jazz Combo Category |USA 2023\ -St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award| Boston, MA USA 2022|\ - Berklee Career Jam Award in the Instrumental Category |Boston, MA (US) 2023\ - Haynes artist |Boston, MA (US) 2023\ - 1st prize in the Jazz Artist Category at the 50th Annual NFA Convention | Chicago, IL (US) 2022\ -Artistic Career Development Grant from the City of Boston | Boston, MA (US) 2022\ - Full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music Master program in Global Jazz | Boston, MA (US) 2022\ -Tibor Pusztai Award in Conducting | Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA (US) 2022 - Nick Caizza Award in Performance | Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA US 2020\ - North American Scholarship Tour- Full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music | Boston, MA (US) 2018\ -1st Prize Chamber Music Competition Musicalia | Havana Cuba 2015