From the time she could remember, Sheila Wormer knew that she was destined to be a singer and on stage. At the age of 2 she became the youngest member of the Cherub Choir at the church her family belonged to. The rest of the choir were ages ages 5, 6 and 7. She has been singing publicly ever since, and at age 18 her professional career began. Her awards include a vocal scholarship to Bradley University, Interlochen Music Camp Scholarship (opera), was a finalist in the San Francisco Merola competition, and a winner in the International Opera Ltd. Vocal Competition.
Ms Wormer decided to feng shui her suitcase, because of all the traveling she has done, performing throughout the US, Europe and South America in operas, operettas, concerts, musicals, recordings movies and TV. She has appeared with: CBS-TV, Paramount Pictures, RAI-TV (Italy and Canada), Columbia Artists National tours, Attersee Musikheim, Sankt Georgen Opera, Salzburg Music Festival, Festa Italiana, Aspen Music Festival, Cleveland Opera, New York Opera, Tampa Bay Opera, Opera Northeast , Metro Civic Opera International Opera Ltd., Amato Opera, Manhattan Savoyards, M&M American Dance Theatre, Seattle Symphony, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, The Erie Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Yakama Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Premier Records, Albany Records and La Stella Records.
The broad range of over 50 roles Sheila has performed include: Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) Madama Butterfly, both Mimi and Musetta La Boheme, Tosca Tosca, Violetta La Traviata, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Fiordeligi Cosi Fan Tutti, all three heroines in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Marenka The Bartered Bride, Georgetta Il Tabarro, The Countess Le Nozze Di Figaro, The Marschalin Der Rosenkavalier, Magnolia Show Boat, Kathie The Student Prince, Julie Carousel, Marianne The Music Man, Louisa The Fantasticks, Maria West Side Story, The Mother Abbess The Sound of Music, and most of the Gilbert and Sullivan Leading Ladies. She has also appeared in a Concert Under The Stars with Debbie Boone, and a Gala with Tony Bennett, in Washington.
Ms Wormer has added her dance abilities in many of her operatic roles, such as Olympia Les Contes D'Hoffmann en pointe; Nedda Il Pagliacci en pointe; Papagena Die Zauberflute tap and en pointe; Valencienne The Merry Widow the can-can; and Djamileh Djamileh belly dancing. She became a member of AEA by singing and dancing in a tour of My Fair Lady, was dance captain on several national tours, including a Columbia Artists tour of The Merry Widow and starred in a 6 year international tour of Salute To Mario Lanza, playing all of Lanza’s leading ladies with La Stella Productions. This show won the 1997 Hollywood Pillon award for best show of the year, and Sheila won best vocal duo of the year, with tenor Thomas Chambers aka Tony La Stella.
Over the years Sheila has created roles in world premiers of a dozen operas and musicals, both in the US and abroad. She was the female lead “Miss Fish,” in a short indie film Every Vote Counts that won 1st place in the Philadelphia Film Festival 2004, and 1st place in the Monte Carlo Festival (Satilite Division) 2004. She is also a featured soloist on the soundtrack. Other recordings include Broadway Dreams Albany Records on the Premier label; the cast recording of Salute To Mario Lanza La Stella Records; the cast recording of That's Cole M&M American Dance Theatre; the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah La Stella Records; and an album of Operatic Love Duets La Stella Records. She has also recorded leading soprano roles in two Mozart Operas, The Impressario and Bastienne and Bastienna with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera bass Paul Plishka, international opera diva Melody Aristo Kielisch, tenor Tony La Stella, and conducted by Klaus Donath. She also has a Christmas album Sheila's Holiday Presents. Millrose Music. She is currently working on an album of her one woman show, I Feng Shui-ed My Suitcase.
Along with her performing, Sheila has always been interested in helping and teaching others. She has taught dance at “Bea Fried Academy of Dance” in Cleveland, Ohio; music, art and staging at “The Star Program” in Hollywood, Florida. Sheila has brought opera into the schools in Peoria, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Wheeling, West Virginia; Yakama, Washington; New York and Connecticut. She has private voice students in Seattle, Washington; Cleveland, Ohio; Florida; New York; and Las Vegas.
Sheila’s mission in life is to touch and heal souls with love and song.