Mezzo-soprano Sheila Houlahan is a recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music. A Seattle native, Sheila has recently won an encouragement award from the Seattle district Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Her oratorio credits are as the Mezzo soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, the Soprano soloist in Scarlatti’s Saint Cecilia Mass, and as the Soprano soloist in Michael Haydn’s Saint Leopold Mass, which opened the Salzburg Festival in 2009. In 2014, Sheila placed as a semifinalist in both the Classical Singer Competition and the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. Most recently, Sheila has sung the roles of Car Man from Seattle Opera on Tap’s production of Speed Dating Tonight! as well as Gloria in the Manhattan School of Music’s production of La Doriclea; she has also covered the role of Nicklausse in the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s production of Les contes d’Hoffmann as well as sung the role of The Mistress of Novices in the New York Lyric Opera’s production of Suor Angelica. Sheila is slated to sing Stefano from Romeo et Juliette with Tacoma opera in the spring of 2015 and Kate from The Pirates of Penzance with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society in the summer of 2015. Sheila currently lives in Seattle and studies with Erich Parce.