GAGEN, SHEILA F. (b. 1956)

Sheila F. Gagen (born in 1956, in Mooresville, Indiana), graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University with a degree in music education. She received her Masters of Music degree from Butler University in Indianapolis where she was inspired by Hoosier clinicians/songwriters, Mary Goetze, Sonja Poorman and Ruth Artman. 
Sheila has taught music in both public and private schools with students ranging from grades K-8. Having worked with young voices for two decades, she recognizes the challenges inherent in finding intriguing, quality music for students. From the viewpoint of a music educator/director, she asks the question, "What are some of the students needs for which we can help provide through music?" Some answers that have shaped her own classroom choral atmostphere and writings are enrichment, discovery, self-expression, affirmation and moral substance. 
Sheila Gagen's music has been recorded and distributed nationally and her songs have been performed by local and international choirs. She is also a published poet and is active in the Fort Wayne, Indiana music circles, residing in nearby Leo, Indiana with her husband, Dan, and two children.