B i o g r a p h y
Sheila Joy DuMont is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where she served as founder and director of the Williamsport Flute Choir from 2013 to 2016. An active performer, she currently serves as principal flutist of the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony (PA) performs with the award winning Penn Central Wind Band (PA), and is a founding member of the Great Lakes Wind Symphony (NY).
Sheila can be heard on various recordings with the Grammy nominated Mansfield University Wind Ensemble and the Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra as principal flute in both ensembles, including the latest release of the works of David Holsinger, volume 12. She also served as co-principal of the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Penn State Chamber Orchestra, and Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She appeared with the wind ensemble as featured piccolo soloist in Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy at Carnegie Hall in February of 2020.
She has performed on masterclasses for Gary Shocker, Patricia Spencer, Kathryn Borst Jones, Bart Feller, Marianne Gedigian, Cobus du Toit, Paul Edmund-Davies, Gergely Ittzés, and more. During the summer of 2019 she attended the International Flute School in Edinburgh, Scotland for the opportunity to study with Paul Edmund-Davies, Ian Clarke, Gitte Marcusson, and Wissam Boustany. Past principal teachers include Dr. Naomi Seidman, Dr. Christine Moulton, Dr. Angela McBrearty, and Dana Tan
Sheila holds a Bachelor's Degree in flute performance from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania as well as Master's Degrees in flute performance and musicology from Penn State University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Sheila is currently a doctoral student of international flutist Jonathan Snowden at Shenandoah Conservatory.
When not playing music, Sheila enjoys spending time with her chihuahua mix, Marzipan, and her husband Frank, thrifting for vintage clothing and furniture, and traveling.