Performance

Sheila Smyth is a busy performer with many ensembles, both Baroque and modern, on violin, viola, and treble viola da gamba.

She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto and has undertaken further modern training in New York with Burton Kaplan. Her Baroque studies have included masterclasses and lessons with Marilyn McDonald, Robert Mealy, Mark Destrubé and Elizabeth Blumenstock, among others.                                                                                                                                           

As a modern violinist/violist, Sheila has worked with many orchestras throughout Ontario, including Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Brantford Symphony, Guelph Symphony, Talisker Players, Musica Viva, and is principal violist of Opera York. She has performed in the backup orchestra for various pop artists, including Led Zeppelin, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole, and was part of the onstage band for Canadian Idol.

Sheila has also performed with many early music ensembles in and around Toronto, including Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Aradia, and Musicians in Ordinary.

As a chamber musician, she has performed on several concert series, including Scaramella, Luminato, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Primavera Concerts, and Toronto Early Music Centre’s Musically Speaking.

She is also a founding member of the early music ensemble Harmonie, and plays treble viol in The Cardinal Consort of Viols.