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 in clarinet performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2002 and a Master of Music in Music Theory in 2004, also from Indiana University. Her mentors include James Campbell, Howard Klug, D. Ray McClellan, Kirsten Ahnell, and Robert DiLutis.
Cullen has performed with the Londontowne Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, The United States Air Force Band, United States Fleet Forces Band, Chesapeake Reed Trio, and has been 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. She performs as clarinetist with the marching band and ceremonial units, wind ensemble, chamber winds, and wind trio. For her collateral duties, Cullen serves as Productions Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, Wind Ensemble Unit Leader, and Chamber Winds Unit Leader.
Cullen's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (five awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal.