Sheila Kilcoyne received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and her Master of Music from the University of Colorado. As part of her degree programs she received extensive Suzuki training from Joan and Sanford Reuning, Carey Hocket, and William Starr, leaders in American Suzuki Education. As a Suzuki teacher, Sheila has taught violin and cello students for the past twelve years on the Palouse and in previous years at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR), Bethwood Suzuki School (Woodbridge, CT), and the Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT).
As a result of her collaboration with local string educators, Sheila founded and currently co-directs the Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra at the University of Idaho. Now in its 15th season, the orchestra offers both a string ensemble for the younger advancing student as well as a full orchestra experience for the older, highly developed string student. Sheila is also a board member of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series and serves as the coordinator for the Palouse Chamber Music Workshop.
An experienced youth orchestra conductor, Sheila has conducted the Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra in Connecticut and spent seven summers at the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Camp as a conductor of the Junior Orchestra. Sheila’s teaching experiences also include twelve years building successful public school orchestra programs in New York, Indiana, and Connecticut.
In addition to her Suzuki training Sheila draws upon her knowledge gained from her studies with cello teachers: Jennifer Langham, Nathanial Rosen, Jurgen deLemos, Robert Gardner, Hans Jorgen-Jensen and orchestra director Pamela Gearhart. Professionally, Sheila has been a member of Colorado Springs Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival and South Bend Symphony. Currently, Sheila is a member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony and regularly performs chamber music recitals with her colleagues.