Sheila Linda Firestone is from the Bronx, NY. She is a composer and educator with an M.S.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University. Sheila has created new music since 1987. She writes ballads, neo-classical music, sacred and choral works, songs for children, and published a meditation CD. She is retired from teaching Communications and creating curriculum for gifted elementary students in Miami-Dade Public Schools for 25 years, through grants and awards. Dr. Anne K. Gray identified Sheila in her Pulitzer Prize nomination book, The World of Women in Classical Music. Also, she is in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Education. In 1996, she was Teacher of Note by Young Patroness’ of the Opera. Currently, Sheila is the President of the Boca Raton branch of The National League of American Pen Women. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a national music fraternity. She is a member of the Delian Society, an online network of music composers who create collectively composed suites. She is a member of The Women Cantor’s Network, and a past president of Miami Dade County’s Council for Exceptional Children. One of her most important works is “Miriam and the Women of the Desert,” ©2016 is an opera about Miriam and the Women of the Desert; an opera telling the story of the Exodus through the eyes of Miriam. Parts are available for piano, voice, chorus, and small ensemble with clarinet, violin, cello, and piano parts.