Medieval and renaissance music
As a founding member of the Elizabethan quartet Plaine & Easie, winner of the 2009 Early Music America Competition in Medieval and Renaissance Music, Shula earned acclaim for her “enticing solos” that “reminded one how close early music can be to folk fiddle tunes” (Express Milwaukee). Her 2008 English country dance CD, New New Nothing, was recorded during an artist residency awarded at Jack Straw Productions. The album has been called “earthy and enjoyable” (EMA Magazine) and praised for taking a “middle path between folkish vigor and classical formality” (AllMusic.com). She has also performed with ensembles including Utopia Early Music, Cinnamon Bird, Istanpitta, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, and The Christmas Revels in Houston, Portland OR, and Puget Sound.
Shula traveled to London to study baroque violin with Monica Huggett on a 1999 Alfred Hertz Memorial Travelling Fellowship awarded at UC Berkeley. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Music and English, she also received that year's Departmental Citation in Music, the highest undergraduate honor awarded by the UC Berkeley music faculty.
Uniting her dual careers in historical performance and children's education, Shula is the founding director of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids. She also teaches violin in private lessons.