part-time faculty, irish studies
Sheila Falls is a classical Irish violinist, fiddler, composer, recording artist, and music teacher. Her appearances have extended from London to Japan in both genres of music, including performances for two Irish Presidents and Prince Albert of Monaco.
A graduate of The New England Conservatory, where she studied with Masuko Ushioda, Sheila began studying violin at age eight. Having been a student of Irish dance since the age of five, fiddling emerged from her fingers with ease. At age ten, she began studies with ten-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Seamus Connolly. In addition to her extensive classical music training, including a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship, Sheila is an accomplished Irish fiddler who captured the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship at age 15.
Sheila’s skills in both classical and Irish fiddle make her one of the most sought after performers/teachers in New England and beyond. She has been a member of the music faculty at Wheaton College since 1996 and most recently joined the Irish studies faculty at Boston College.
In 2009 Sheila released her solo debut CD, “All in the Timing”. She tours regularly with the Boston-based fiddle band, “Childsplay” and a Boston Symphony based group called “Classical Tangent.”