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Administrative Staff

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Our core team of administrative staff are the small, powerful motor behind Sheffield Music Academy, ensuring that it runs efficiently and flawlessly. Based in our Psalter Lane offices, they deal with all aspects of the academy, from parent enquiries and timetabling to safeguarding and concert organisation.  


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with them via phone or email with any queries you may have, from admissions to upcoming events.


General Manager

Jessica O'Neill


Jess grew up in London with actor/musician parents and spent most of her childhood in and around music and the theatre. She has previously worked as a Theatrical Agent, managing actors on TV and film, before moving to Sheffield in 2006 and spending seven years at Sheffield Theatres as Corporate Fundraiser.


Jess scraped a Grade 7 on the Piano at 15 but is now very happy to concentrate on the management and administration of our fabulous Academy!

07704 579310


Francesca Strongitharm-Cornell


Cesca recently graduated with an MA in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before studying in London she studied music at the University of Sheffield, specialising in Jazz Vocals. 

Cesca is passionate about empowering young people to access music and their creativity, and so is really excited to be a part of the team at the Academy!

07704 579310


Marketing Officer

Samantha Avila Ricci


Samantha is mid-way through her MA degree in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield. She has experience in digital marketing and communications with companies from around the world and in a variety of industries.


She is passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of arts education, and is excited to work alongside inspiring young musicians!

07704 579310

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