F. Dean Schnacke Chair
Sheridan Currie is the principal violist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, she has appeared with the Cincinnati, Columbus, Baltimore, Kentucky, and New World Symphonies, as well as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She has performed chamber music throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has appeared as a soloist numerous times with the DPO, as well as other orchestras. In 1998, Sheridan was the Time Warner String Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and was the winner of the Nakamichi Viola Concerto Competition there. Other competition wins include the Geraldine B. Gee International Viola Competition and the CCM viola concerto competition.
Sheridan has a passion for performing chamber music. She was a member of the Lake String Quartet from 2000-2005, which holds a summer residency in Yellowstone National Park. During her tenure, the Lake Quartet released their first CD, entitled By the Lake. As a member of the Masala String Quartet, she enjoyed working closely with such composers as Bruce Adolphe, Gerhard Samuel, John Corigliano, and Evan Chambers. In addition to world premiere performances of works by Adolphe and Samuel, the Masala Quartet gave the European premiere of Chambers’ First String Quartet and recorded for the Vienna Modern Masters label.
Sheridan began her musical training on the violin at age nine at her public school in Maryland. After earning her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Baltimore Symphony principal violist Richard Field, she moved to Cincinnati where she studied extensively with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll-Lees at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). During that period, she earned a Master’s degree and also served as a teaching assistant for the Kawasaki/Carroll viola studio.
Sheridan teaches viola and violin privately and is on the faculty of the University of Dayton. When she is not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time with her family.