David Sheets

Academic Area

  • Orchestral Instruments and Conducting
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Kansas native David Sheets is the Acting Principal Bassist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He started his career as Associate Principal Bass of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during his Sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music after playing for one season as a section player. After leaving Rochester to perform with the Saint Louis Symphony, David became the youngest member of the Baltimore Symphony section in 1996 and the Associate Principal in 2016. David has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and spent two seasons in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has taught aspiring orchestral bassists as a faculty member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong since 2006, and has taught classes at a number of leading music conservatories including the Eastman School of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute.