Senior Chief Musician Sheila Cullen
Senior Chief Musician Sheila Cullen, a native of Marietta, GA, graduated from Alan C. Pope High School in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2002 and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory in 2004. Her mentors include James Campbell, Howard Klug, D. Ray McClellan, Kirsten Ahnell, and Robert DiLutis.
Cullen has also performed with the Londontowne Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, The United States Air Force Band, United States Fleet Forces Band, Chesapeake Reed Trio, and is an active recording artist and adjudicator in the D.C. area. Her teaching experience includes Adjunct Instructor, Clemson University, Faculty, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, Instructor, Atlanta Music Academy, as well as private instruction at Lassiter High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, and Pope High School.
In June 2006, Cullen auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. As Clarinet Instrumentalist, she leads the Chamber Winds and Clarinet Quartet, and performs with the Ceremonial Units and Marching Band. She serves as Chief in Charge of the band's Administration office, as Assistant Awards Writer, and runs the band's Morale Welfare and Recreation team. She is also an active member of the Naval Academy Command Resilience Team.
Cullen's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards).