About Sheila

I am very proud to say that I am a nationally respected St. Louis Voice Teacher. My work with students is recognized for its excellence and thoroughness at America’s finest universities and on America’s most important stages. I was informed by Mark Madama, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, that I hold the record in America for training the most number of students ever accepted to the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program from one voice teacher!

Currently, five of my students have had the pleasure of working with the great Sutton Foster. Four of them have studied with Ms. Foster at New York University, and one of them has starred with her twice on Broadway…first in the remounting of Anything Goes, (2011) and later in Violet (2014).

I am an innovator in the area of non-abusive voice production. As a Master Teacher of Voice, I have created techniques which help the singer/speaker/actor achieve maximum volume and endurance, without stress on the instrument or the body. As a voice rehabilitator, I have restored voices with common and complex challenges, including unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

With almost 48 years of experience as a voice trainer and voice rehabilitator, I have taught at the University (Southern Illinois University) and Conservatory levels (St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts), and have served as Voice Coach for both Stages St. Louis and Metro Theatre Company. I teach private Voice, Public Speaking Refinement, and I coach singers, actors, and dancers. I also provide the service of Voice Rehabilitation upon medical referral. In past years, I have enjoyed teaching at my periodic voice studio in New York City. I have currently added Skype lessons to my list of services.

I am a fully vetted Medical Intuitive in the area of Voice. The physician who discovered my special skills (during the mid 1980’s) was otolaryngologist, Dr. Robert Bastian. Dr. Bastian was at the Washington University School of Medicine Jewish Hospital Voice Lab at that time, and is currently the head of The Bastian Voice Institute in the Chicagoland area.

I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and am listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of Entertainment, and Who’s Who of American Education. I am the very proud mother of Kate Dugan, Assistant General Counsel of Energizer Holdings in St. Louis, Missouri.



  • Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Voice Performance
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Post-Graduate Studies in Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Fontbonne College and St. Louis University



  • Voice: Dale Moore, Karl Trump, Leslie Briedenthal
  • Vocal Coaches: John Wustman , Pierre Bernac, Ernst Wolf
  • Vocal Pedagogy: Dale Moore, Richard Miller, William Vennard
  • Piano: Ruth Slenczynska, Renato Premezzi, Wallace Stephens, Herb Drury, Edward Petch, Lois Percival
  • Violin, Viola: Lois Percival
  • Cello: Joseph Pival
  • Organ / Harpsichord: Helen Fjerstad


Again, I would like to thank my own very beloved voice teacher, Dale Moore, for setting such a fine example, for teaching me well, for being my supporter and my dear friend.