Shelia Lee

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Shelia on Galveston Beach

Shelia is a dynamic accordion performer. Well versed in multiple styles and with a large repetroire, she can entertain solo or with a band for many different style venues - from formal concerts, festivals, conventions, restaurants, cruise ships to house parties, backyard barbeques, and street performer. Styles include: Italian, German, Tex-Mex, Country, Standards, and Party Songs.

Shelia has also published many volumes of accordion music for the beginner to the intermediate player. Many of these include Karaoke, DVD and CDs. She also teaches keyboard and button accordion through Heritage Arts Productions (a non-profit orgainization) and through Houston Accordion Performers.

When Hurricane Ike damaged her their home, lost her - her job, and claimed over half of her sheet music and 2 accordions, she decided to return to what she knew best - writing, arranging, and teaching for the accordion. Together with her accordion cohort - Mark Ropel, they opened Houston Accordion Performers. They selected a location in Pasadena and specialize in teaching keyboard, button, and chromatic accordion. They are sponsored by Heritage Arts Productions - that also teaches Folk dance. Also - she is collaborating with Dr. Kott with MECCA to develop DVD instruction for keyboard and button box accordions. Shelia and her New Roland V Accordion


Resume: Shelia has played the accordion since she was 5 years old. She and her younger sister would duet every occasion that arose – Rotary, Kiwanis, LionsClubs, Ethnic picnics and even the Ted Mac Amateur Hour. Shelia studied with Bill Palmer and was a member of the Palmer and Hughes Accordion Symphony at the University of Houston until 1965.

Shelia at age 21 with her Titano


At the age of 16 – Shelia started her solo professional career - strolling at Doyles Italian restaurant in the Oak Forest area of Houston. She opened Shelia’s Conservatory of Music in Dayton, Ohio at the age of 21. There were over 300 accordion students and her most advanced 20 (ages 13 to 18) were in a performing group called the Spitfires. Shelia arranged classical as well as pop and movie themes for them to perform. They won many national titles for Showband, Classical, and Open Pop. They even made a record!


Stolling at Large Banquet


Shelia performed for over 22 years with a small combo that played standards, ethnic & a little county for weddings, ethnic picnics, and clubs. Returning to Texas in 1992, she continues to perform solo or with another accordionisit or band at many restaurants and events in the Houston and Galveston area.

Shelia Performing in costume at the International FestivalShelia walks over to the Strand (3 blocks from her house! - and will play many Friday and Saturday nights.

See the Performance Link - to keep up with her public appearances - Bring a Chair and sit a while!

Most recently, Shelia has performed:

  • Tomball Heritage Festival - 08 & 09
  • Friesenhaus Restaurant in New Braunfels, TX
  • The Splendour of the Sea & Galaxy – Cruise ships & Galveston Cruise Terminal
  • Galveston Italian Festival, Moody Gardens, San Luis Resort, Houston International Festival, Viking Fest (Waco), UTMB Festivals and Shriners Children's Hospital
  • Courtyard Café, Mario’s, Franca's, Domonics, Private dinner parties and Weddings
  • Galveston Parks & Recreation & Galveston Historic Preservation Board activities

Shelia at Courtyard Cafe - GalvestonShelia Playing at Moody GardensCurrently, Shelia, along with partner Mark Ropel, has opened Houston Accordion Performers - an accordion studio that teaches keyboard, button, and chromatic accordion lessons as well as folk dance. Link.

She owns 2 homes in the East End Historic District (one she rents as a resort rental ) She also works at the Galveston cruise terminal on the weekends and holidays.


In 2005 - she played in the streets of Rome, and aboard the transatlantic cruise aboard the Celebrity's Galaxy. This trip was “ONCE IN A LIFE-TIME”. Shelia had never left the continent before.

View Shelia and the Bay Area Accordion Club performing on the Carnival Cruise Ship Talent Hour - LINK to YouTube

Shelia's current project is the LIVE ON-LINE broadcast 1 hr lessons - teaching the Palmer & Hughes Lesson Books. Sheetmusic is FREE from Texas Accordion Net Blogs

These will be available on the Workshop page as they are edited.

Shelia Strolling at Levin Hall - UTMBShelia & George Playing at the Courtyard Cafe 07




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